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Watch Joe Russo’s Almost Dead welcome Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche in Chicago.
Celebrate The Band keyboardist Garth Hudson’s birthday by revisiting a collaboration with Wilco and Jim James at SPAC in 2013.
Wilco will release a new album entitled ‘Ode To Joy’ this fall and previewed the 11-track LP by unveiling the single “Live Is Everywhere (Beware).”
Crispy audio of Wilco’s karaoke set from the first night of this year’s Solid Sound Festival serves as this week’s ‘Full Show Friday’ selection.
On Saturday, Wilco unveiled a pair of originals during their set at the Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts.
Wilco was joined by special guest vocalists, including Courtney Barnett during their karaoke set at their Solid Sound Festival in Massachusetts.
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About Nels Cline
Nels Cline is one of the most versatile, imaginative and original guitarists active today. Combining breathtaking technique with an informed musical intelligence, Cline displays a mastery of guitar expression that encompasses delicate lyricism, sonic abstractions, and skull-crunching flights of fancy, inspiring Jazz Times to call him, “The World’s Most Dangerous Guitarist.”
Born in Los Angeles in 1956, his earliest musical influences included Jim “Roger” McGuinn, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, John Fahey and Duane Allman. Later these giants as well of those of jazz, jazz/rock, punk and the improvising avant-garde twisted his head around. Cline claims his most valuable music training came from his work with bassist/multi-instrumentalist Eric von Essen, with whom he performed as a duo from 1977 until von Essen’s untimely death in 1997. In the late 1970s, Cline played in the chamber-jazz group Quartet Music with his brother, percussionist Alex Cline, violinist Jeff Gauthier and bassist von Essen. Quartet Music recorded 4 albums and toured extensively, a 12 year run that was highlighted by two performances in 1989 with the Milwaukee Symphony for which Nels arranged several of his compositions. Clines’ 1987 Enja release, Angelica, which added New York City altoist Tim Berne to a roster of longtime Cline collaborators Alex Cline, Stacy Rowles, Eric von Essen, is a fine example of his work from this period.
In 1989, the guitarist formed the amped-up Nels Cline Trio, a worthy vehicle for Cline’s guitar excursions, which range from probing, reflective balladry to bracing freeform assaults. The Nels Cline Trio recorded 4 CDs, Chest, Ground, Sad and Silencer.
Some of the musicians that Nels has performed and/or recorded with include: Julius Hemphill, Charlie Haden, Mike Watt, Tim Berne, Mark Dresser, Bobby Bradford, Zeena Parkins, Elliott Sharp, Thurston Moore, Gregg Bendian, Mark Isham, The Geraldine Fibbers, Wadada Leo Smith, Henry Kaiser, Banyan, Bloc, fIREHOSE, Carla Bozulich and Scott Amendola.
In addition to The Nels Cline Singers, his current projects include a 6-piece ensemble called Destroy All Nels Cline, The Inkling quartet with bassist Mark Dresser, drummer Billy Mintz and harpist Zeena Parkins; and an improvising acoustic guitar trio with Rod Poole and Jim McAuley. Nels especially enjoys collaborating with other musicians a duo format. Some of these collaborators include Carla Bozulich (Scarnella), Devin Sarno, Gregg Bendian, Zeena Parkins, Woody Aplanalp, G. E. Stinson and Norton Wisdom (a painter).
Artists that Nels currently performs with most often include: Scarnella, Vinny Golia, Devin Sarno, The Scott Amendola Band, Gregg Bendian’s Interzone, the Jeff Gauthier Goatette, a trio with Zeena Parkins and Thurston Moore, Banyan and now The Nels Cline Singers.
Dark Star Orchestra confirmed their New Year’s Run 2019 – 2020 and added a second leg to their fall tour.
Vampire Weekend was joined by Christone “Kingfish” Ingram for a cover of Neil Young’s classic “Vampire Blues” during their show last night in Austin.
The Disco Biscuits confirmed details of their New Year’s Run 2019 which will be the final concerts held at the PlayStation Theater in New York City.
The New Deal started rolling out Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 tour dates.
Phish issued a statement regarding the camping, parking and vending restrictions now in place at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park due to a plague outbreak.