December 7, 2001 |
Ryan Adams may be the post-alt-country man of the moment, but he's got a long way to go to catch up to Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. In the first of two nights at the El Rey Theatre on Wednesday, Tweedy and his newly streamlined group showed stunning reach and range as they previewed material from their fourth album, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot," due for spring release from Nonesuch Records.
March 12, 2001 |
There is comfort in the dark. That's a terrain that Jeff Tweedy has often explored as the leader of Wilco, finding emotional truth in moments of desperate love and bitter isolation. And when he's standing alone with a guitar, Tweedy's songs of melancholy and wit are often at their darkest and most moving.
May 31, 2002 |
Signaled by the soundman at Spaceland on Wednesday that he was ready for the show to start, musician Jay Bennett responded from the stage, "Roger ... " and then hesitated. "We don't say the next word around here," he remarked, the next word normally being "Wilco," and Wilco being the band he left last year just after it completed "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot," one of the most celebrated albums to come out this year.
December 22, 2002 |
Beck and Eminem, the winners of the consensus poll of The Times' pop music contributors in 1999 and 2000, respectively, went head to head in 2002, and the kinder, gentler folk singer squeezed out a victory over the fiery rap star. The rest of the field chosen by the 16 voters ranges from grizzled critics' favorites Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen to new critical favorite Bright Eyes. Albums are awarded 10 points for a first-place vote, nine points for second place, etc. * 1.
April 28, 2002 |
Another rush of rock albums, including collections by Sweden's Hives and Texas' ... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, highlights the latest installment of Calendar's guide to keeping up with what's noteworthy in pop on an album budget of $50 a month. March The Hives' "Your New Favourite Band," Poptones import. They're fresh. They're fun. They're new (to the U.S.). They're Swedish. They're fab.
May 8, 1988 |
New York Yankees Manager Billy Martin, the left side of his face covered with two large bruises, said Saturday he was attacked, kicked and beaten by three men in the restroom of a bar shortly after midnight. Martin said he could not identify his assailants and that he did not expect any arrests would be made. "I guess it is sort of like in the Westerns," Martin said before his team played the Texas Rangers Saturday night. "When you have a reputation, people start laying for you.
November 20, 2004 |
Wilco came to the Wiltern LG on Thursday in a new configuration that included a two-man rock-guitar army, but the group scored its biggest victories with some quieter moments near the end of the two-hour concert, and sealed the deal with some out-of-the-blue political comments.
April 14, 2002 |
Jeff Tweedy is standing outside a small studio at radio station KCRW-FM in Santa Monica, waiting to lead his band Wilco through its paces, when somebody waves what might be a red flag in front of him--a newspaper article on Ryan Adams. Will this reminder of his presumed rival's celebrity plunge Tweedy into a spell of his famous melancholy? The singer just glances at the page and flashes a half-smile. "It's funny," he says.