If you haven’t had the stamina to elbow your way to the front of the 9:30 Club stage during a Wilco show—or perhaps have never even been able to obtain the always-hot ticket in the first place—Ashes of American Flags: Wilco Live is a reasonable consolation prize. Directors Christoph Green and Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty got their cameras all up into the sextet’s faces at stops from New Orleans to D.C. during the group’s 2008 tour. And though the concert doc isn’t quite as heavy on the oldies as on the fan-favorite setlists from those outings, it’s still thrilling to watch Jeff Tweedy and his stellar bandmates perform tracks like “Side With the Seeds” or “Impossible Germany” off their latest album, Sky Blue Sky, when you’re zoomed in tight enough to see the pores in Tweedy’s face or reflect on Nels Clines’ knuckles. (Tweedy’s rose-festooned white SNL suit, though? Perhaps not ready for its close-up.) Unlike 2002’s I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, Ashes is primarily a concert doc, with only brief commentary from the boys on subjects including the “Walmartization” of America and how it sucks to get old and be aware of aching body parts during a show. Regardless of the complaints, though, you get the lovely feeling that Wilco will never stop touring.
Saturday at 7 p.m. Also on Saturday, April 25, at 4:30 p.m. Both showings at the Avalon. Directors Brendan Canty and Christoph Green will be present.