Wilco to play next five nights in Chicago
Wilco’s The Whole Love isn’t as cohesive as the band’s two best albums, Summerteeth and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Indeed, it doesn’t rank among the very best Wilco albums, but it is the strongest release the band has put out in years. Rather than a thematic offering, The Whole Love seems like more of a collection of songs spanning the band’s various styles over the years. There’s nothing wrong with that. I like the album so much that it will rank second on my list of top albums this year behind Girls’ Father, Son, Holy Ghost. (Look for the list this week.)
Wilco starts a five-night stand in Chicago tonight, playing the Civic Opera House. I’m excited about the show as this is a new and unorthodox venue. The band previously played some great shows at another historic setting, Auditorium Theatre, several years ago. After tonight, Wilco plays the Riv, the Vic, Metro and Lincoln Hall. Nick Lowe opens tonight. There will be different opening acts throughout the week.