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Wilco rocks Merriweather

Anybody see last night's Wilco show at Merriweather Post Pavilion? What did you think?

I decided to go spur of the moment and was glad I did. It was the first time I've seen Wilco, and they delivered a solid set, starting with "A Shot in the Arm" off their album Summerteeth. We also heard "Hummingbird" and "Handshake Drugs," two of my favorite tracks off the last studio album, A Ghost is Born.

We had lawn seats, and it drizzled at first but let up after the first few songs. But we weren't too impressed with the sound quality. Maybe they kept it low because it was a Thursday night, and the neighborhood didn't want to be disturbed. I'm not sure. But the volume needed to be cranked up some where I stood. The keyboards were kind of hard to hear, too.

If one of your friends who loves Wilco went last night, he or she is probably going to tell you that they played three encores. This is misleading. The boys did about an hour set, took a short break, came back for another 20-minute set, and then did two more shorter encores. The last song was "What Light" from their new album, Sky Blue Sky.

I think this is the first tour where Wilco is playing larger venues like Merriweather. They didn't fill it last night, but I'd put the crowd at about 7,000. That's not bad. Front man Jeff Tweedy was in great spirits, teasing and joking with the audience.

Tweedy attracts ridiculously talented musicians, and this tour, the star is guitarist Nels Cline. A couple of the songs were shred-fests, but Cline kept most of his licks tasteful.  

So if you get the chance, go see these guys live. If last night was any indication, the rest of this tour is going to be really solid.

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