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  • Watch Tweedy's New Video For "Low Key," Directed By Nick Offerman

    Watch Tweedy's New Video For "Low Key," Directed By Nick Offerman
    Jeff and Spencer Tweedy released "Sukierae," their debut album as Tweedy, last Tuesday. They've started touring and will be at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton, Mass. tomorrow night. (I interviewed Spencer about the album and tour; read the interview here.)
  • Music Box: Don't be late for The Weight's show in D.C.

    Music Box: Don't be late for The Weight's show in D.C.
    If you missed them last night at Rams Head On Stage, head into the nation's capital to witness The Weight, a group of top shelf musicians who are former members of The Band in its later incarnations, including Jim Weider (who took the guitar reins from...

    Van Morrison on 'Re-Working the Catalogue' with an all-star lineup

    Van Morrison on 'Re-Working the Catalogue' with an all-star lineup
    Van Morrison is one of the most revered singers and songwriters of the postwar pop music era, which means there’s no shortage of singers eager to collaborate with him. But according to some of those close to the mercurial Irish musician, there are...

    Spencer Tweedy on his hometown, working with his father and why 'dad rock' is a terrible term

    Spencer Tweedy on his hometown, working with his father and why 'dad rock' is a terrible term
    On paper, Spencer Tweedy doesn't seem likeĀ an average 19-year-old. After all, he's the son of Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy; spent his childhood at Lounge Ax, the historic former club co-owned by his mother, Sue Miller; co-founded The Blisters at age 7;...

    Sound of civil rights rings out in resurrected Staple Singers records

     Sound of civil rights rings out in resurrected Staple Singers records
    Occasionally, for reasons of fate or coincidence, sounds from the past converge in the present at key moments. Consider the Staple Singers, whose gospel recordings starting in the early 1960s carried them through the next four decades and included...