Review | Wilco | Kansas City
One day before surprising the world with an unannounced new album, Wilco rolled into Crossroads KC on Wednesday, July 15 and delivered a career-spanning set of set of classics to the sold-out crowd. Though they reserved debuting any of the new album material for their headlining set at Pitchfork two nights later, their performance in Kansas City was anything but stale.
The two-hour and 15 minute show was light on banter, but heavy on tunes as the band made their way through over 25 songs. “Via Chicago” got the show rolling and featured Glenn Kotche’s avant garde drumming. Later in the set “Impossible Germany” offered guitarist Nels Cline space to deliver his most jammed-out, intricate and beautiful solo of the evening.
The folkier side of the band was apparent on songs like “California Stars,” “Sunken Treasure” and a take on Jeff Tweedy’s pre-Wilco band Uncle Tupelo’s “New Madrid.” Tweedy was in great vocal form all night, leading impressive interplay among the rest of the band on newer songs like “Born Alone” and “One Wing.”
While the main set was electric, an acoustic encore further displayed Wilco’s versatility. The switch from electric to acoustic began with a rendering of Daniel Johnston’s “True Love Will Find You In The End.” “War on War” caused a major singalong and was followed by a sweet “Hesitating Beauty” and a cover of “Give Back the Key to My Heart.” They closed the night out with the Being There track “Misunderstood” wrapping up a night that gave fans a taste of all that the band can do, and do well.
Electric or acoustic, Wilco are continually evolving and never confined to one style of music. After 20 years, it is wonderful to see them still pushing their distinct sound forward.
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