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6Sep/140

Photos: Wilco @ Akron Civic Theatre, September 2014

It's hard to believe, but this year marks the 20th anniversary of the band Wilco. They've recently announced plans to celebrate the anniversary with a pair of releases, including the first-ever best of compilation from the group and also a collection of rarities that they say, "We're pretty sure you're gonna love."

They're also on the road playing a few shows to celebrate the milestone and as if that wasn't enough, frontman and creative mastermind Jeff Tweedy will release his solo debut under the banner of Tweedy on September 23rd.

Here's a sampling from the Tweedy album, a tune called "Summer Noon."

Wilco was in town this past Thursday (September 4th) for a rare Cleveland area show at the Akron Civic Theatre. It was Wilco's first area appearance since their show at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium in February of 2008. Their return was long overdue and it was great to have them back!

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Our good friend Amy Weiser was there with her camera to capture scenes from a great night of music in Akron. Check out the gallery of photos below!

7Feb/130

Setlist: dada at Musica, 2/4/13

On Monday night, dada made their long awaited return to the Cleveland area, playing an intimate show at Musica in Akron. I knew that it had been quite a while since the band had been in this neck of the woods for a show, but according to the dada tour archive, the last show was at the Agora Ballroom in September 0f 2003.

So it's really been nearly 10 years? Wow.

I was at that Agora show and sadly, because it was announced only a week and a  half or so before it happened, attendance was extremely light. And as a result, what would come to be known as the "Great Cleveland Drought of dada Shows" officially began.

A decade removed from that Cleveland appearance, the dada boys made good use of their time in Akron. Musica was a good setting to see the group, with perfect sound and sightlines and the intimate size of the venue prompted the band to quip that that evening's performance was like seeing a "dada living room show."

That was certainly a good way to term the feeling of seeing dada in that room and even though it was a Monday night with crummy weather (hello, snow!), the fans still found their way to Musica for a good evening of tunes.

I had the chance to interview guitarist/vocalist Michael Gurley for Popdose in the weeks leading up to the gig, so I had a pretty good idea of what to expect, but the evening ended up having some unexpected moments, all of them good. The band is touring right now in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Puzzle album (which was released in 1992).

Honestly, I'm surprised that there wasn't more of the album in the setlist, which was limited to "Posters" and "Dim" on the front side and "Dizz Knee Land" and "Dorina" on the tail end. But it was a nice overall mix of material that covered nearly all of the dada releases, including "Guitar Girl" from 2004's How To Be Found and the title track from the 2006 A Friend of Pat Robertson EP which is their most recent release to date. (That was a personal thrill for me, since I hadn't seen that one live.)

The setlist was really heavy on American Highway Flower material, with "Ask The Dust," "Feet To The Sun," "S.F. Bar '63" (!!!) and "Scum" (!!!) and from El Subliminoso, "Rise" (which Gurley quipped was the best "Rise" of the tour) and an extremely charged up version of "I Get High."

Since those two albums were the first two dada albums that I bought, I was perfectly okay with the heavy feature time that they received in the setlist. There are certainly songs from Puzzle that I would have liked to have heard (especially since I've been listening to the whole catalog a lot since doing the interview) like "Dog" and "Surround," but I really can't argue with the setlist. It was damn solid. (But since we mentioned "Dog," how about this solid live performance from 2011? God bless Youtube.)

The one thing you can always count on as a dada fan is that each and every time that they go out on tour, they'll bring a setlist that changes things up significantly from the last time that you saw them. Michael promised deep cuts and certainly, "Rise," "Scum," and "S.F. Bar '63 fit that bill. Seeing that "Scum" and "S.F. Bar '63" were on the setlist took me immediately back to the first time that I saw dada in 1994 (again at the Agora, the first of what would be four times to date that they have played there). On a nostalgic night, just seeing that those songs would be played instantly transported me back to some of my favorite dada memories in my mind before the band even hit the stage. So as far as setlist satisfaction goes? Mission accomplished.

(Setlist stalkers, they're changing up the tunes from night to night -- the Joliet, Ill. show featured "Spirit of 2009," "Information Undertow," Playboy in Outerspace and "Spinning My Wheels," just to name a few! Enjoy the highlights from that show here.)

In 2013, they still hold the title as one of the most devastating live trios you'll ever see. They were totally locked in from moment one and maintained that connection for the duration of the 90 minutes or so that they were onstage. This current tour is their most extensive tour in a long time, so if they're coming your way -- and hopefully they are -- don't miss this show.

Columbus, OH is tomorrow night and the tour rolls onward from there!

Here's the setlist from Akron:

(And for merch nerds, there's a ton of merch to be had....you'll want to get your mitts on the dada demos collection 16 in 2 if you don't have it already. It's a good part of the reason that I made the trek in the bad weather to catch the show and it didn't disappoint when I got it into the CD player!)

Posters
Dim
Guitar Girl
I Get High
Feet To The Sun
S.F. Bar '63
Ask The Dust
Joie Solo
Last Train To Clarksville
Scum
Rise
California Dreamin'
A Friend of Pat Robertson
Dizz Knee Land

Encore:

Dorina

27Jan/100

Cleveland Bachelor’s Show of the Week: Antlers at Musica

Dear ATVians,

Hoping that the thaw will hold through the week, this time I'm gonna endorse a trip down Akron-way this Saturday (1/30) to see the incredible Brooklyn-based indie rock troupe, The Antlers . Fronted by frontman Peter Silberman, who originally started The Antlers as a solo project, the band now features Silberman's guitars and vocals complemented with powerful drumming courtesy Michael Lerner and an all-around instrumental assist from Darby Cicci.  The trio are currently touring in support of the band's most recent (and astoundingly awesome) release, Hospice, which is somewhat of a concept record that deals with caring for a terminally ill person who is also emotionally abusive to the caregiver. Parts of this narrative are rooted in Silberman's personal experiences, which makes sense given the clarity and conviction present when the confused and hurt emotions of such a tale come through.

Although the central conceptualization is clearly a dark and depressing one, the record itself is beautiful and challenging. There are several stand-out tracks ("Kettering," "Sylvia," "Bear") that will be absolutely wonderful live, and I encourage each of you to make the trek to Akron's Musica club. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance here.

21Jan/100

Video: A random moment with Buckner & Garcia

Hey music fans,

Were you aware that Buckner & Garcia, Akron, OH-based masterminds of all things "Pac-Man Fever," made an appearance on American Bandstand?

Ah, the things that you can find on Youtube...