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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 9/21/12: Wilco Honors Its Past and Explores Its Future at the Greek Theatre

Live Review, 9/21/12: Wilco Honors Its Past and Explores Its Future at the Greek Theatre

Wilco Cibo Matto Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 Greek Theatre, Berkeley Better than: Having kids. See our full slideshow of photos from Friday's Wilco concert. Hey, Wilco! How the hell are ya? Long time no talk! How's the family? Golly, it…
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Music, All Shook Down Wilco's Nels Cline on Working with Jeff Tweedy and His Reputation for Weird Sounds

Wilco's Nels Cline on Working with Jeff Tweedy and His Reputation for Weird Sounds

From SF Weekly's latest print music section: The Wizard of Wilco: Nels Cline is extremely lucky, and he knows it. Widely regarded as one of the world's finest living guitarists, Cline came up playing styles of music whose audience is…
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Music, The Wizard of Wilco: A Conversation with Guitarist Nels Cline

The Wizard of Wilco: A Conversation with Guitarist Nels Cline

Nels Cline is extremely lucky, and he knows it. Widely regarded as one of the world's finest living guitarists, Cline came up playing styles of music whose audience is sadly shrinking: jazz, improvisatory, and avant-garde. If those were the beginning…
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Music, Hear This The Nels Cline Singers: Show Preview

The Nels Cline Singers: Show Preview

It's gents like guitarist Nels Cline that can make you realize how little you've done with your life. he has played in more varied contexts and with more heavyweight players than you've had hot breakfasts this year (maybe ever) and…
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Music, Wilco loves you

Wilco loves you

For a band that's perpetually on the road, Wilco has always seemed very domesticated. Maybe it's the way founder Jeff Tweedy acts like a temperamental patriarch, alternately adopting musicians (guitarist Nels Cline) or disowning them (the late Jay Bennett) from…
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Music, Hear This Celestial Septet

Celestial Septet

Los Angeles–based electric guitarist (for Wilco and the Nels Cline Singers) and experimental composer Nels Cline has been called a "guitar god" by Rolling Stone and "the world's most dangerous guitarist" by Jazz Times. This week he teams up with…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

On its 2005 debut for Jagjaguwar, Canadian collective Black Mountain brewed up an intoxicating batch of homegrown rock. Stephen McBean's soulful voice and hypnotic song-visions create a contemporary version of classic rock, rich in texture and never ironic. The band…
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Music, Buzz-Worthy or Banal?

Buzz-Worthy or Banal?

Wilco's latest album, Sky Blue Sky (due out May 15), so far appears to be polarizing fans and critics alike. They either love or loathe the group's meandering, rootsy direction. In the spirit of open critical dialogue, here are two…
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Music, Hear This Keeping the beat in New Orleans: Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Keeping the beat in New Orleans: Preservation Hall Jazz Band

For two decades, the world-renowned Los Angeles Guitar Quartet has aimed to bring classical music to the masses by expanding conventional repertoire with titles from all over the map. On Guitar Heroes, the group's standout 2004 recording, the players reworked…
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Music, Reviewed Andrew Hill/Nels Cline

Andrew Hill/Nels Cline

Pianist-composer Andrew Hill has been actively extending the jazz tradition on nearly three dozen recordings since 1960. It may be Wilco guitarist Nels Cline's latest disc that invigorates Hill's cachet among younger-generation fans of adventurous music, though. Cline's New Monastery…
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Music, Hear This Find out what Spain's done for Josh Rouse; take on LSD and the Search for God

Find out what Spain's done for Josh Rouse; take on LSD and the Search for God

When last we heard from Josh Rouse , he was delivering to us his break-up album, 2005's Nashville, which was lyrically steeped in the misery stemming from his recent divorce. Apparently Rouse is in a better place now, and not…
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Music, Hear This The big-band jams of the Realistic Orchestra, and the twisted sounds of fusion supergroup Banyan

The big-band jams of the Realistic Orchestra, and the twisted sounds of fusion supergroup Banyan

In the swing era -- the years following the Depression (1935) through the World War II victory (1945) -- big bands were the dominant force in American popular music. Some were more jazz-leaning, some more pop/dance-oriented, and many incubated vocal…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

If you thought sanitized, mall-friendly "screamo" was a phenomenon limited to Orange County, think again. Much to the delight of angsty altteens across the pond, the U.K. has spawned its very own mediocre emo scene, starring a Welsh quintet known…
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Music, Give the Drummer Some

Give the Drummer Some

On the evolutionary food chain of the music scene, drummers have to rank near the bottom, right between roadies and unruly fans. Drummers can be flaky, undependable, and prone to suddenly moving to, say, Los Angeles, destroying a band's chemistry…
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Music, Record Nels Cline/Gregg Bendian

Nels Cline/Gregg Bendian

Nels Cline/Gregg Bendian Interstellar Space Revisited: The Music of John Coltrane (Atavistic) Jazz artists of every stripe in recent years have tried to tackle the colossal musical legacy of the late John Coltrane. Despite varying degrees of success, the proliferation…
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