“Thank you for listening to an hour of new songs. Not easy for an audience to do,” said Jeff Tweedy, frontman of Wilco, to his sold-out audience Tuesday night at the Lincoln Theatre. Those songs, from Tweedy’s forthcoming solo record, Sukierae, are an interesting variety of what Tweedy does best: a little Americana, a little gussied-up rock, more than a little Wilco sound. Tweedy, with his drumming son Spencer, guitarist Jim Elkington, bassist Darin Gray, and keyboardist Liam Cunningham, played the new record together, as well as an encore that included “California Stars” and “Misunderstood.”
The second hour of the show saw Tweedy playing a variety of acoustic guitars, stripping the layers off tracks like “Spiders (Kidsmoke)” and “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” to their core. The effect, with his raspy voice, was both vulnerable and intense.
Tweedy had a busy day on Tuesday before the show. An old colleague of mine who works at Brooks Brothers said the Tweedys came into the store to buy shirts earlier that day after getting a last-minute lunch invite from the White House.
Seattle’s the Minus 5 opened the show. Frontman Scott McCaughey—-who, according to Tweedy, is “the only non-Tweedy on the [new] record, as well as my best friend”—-and his band played a lovely mix of genres, with a repertoire that spanned from psychedelia and garage rock to power-pop and alt-country.
See photos from both sets in the gallery.