Wilco dispensed with sprawling production flourishes on their stripped-back 10th LP, Schmilco, and now fans will get a chance to hear Jeff Tweedy and Co. perform it when the band hits the road in 2017.
Two Toronto dates are on the itinerary, marking the Chicago rock band’s return to Massey Hall (178 Victoria) and their first local dates since the 2015 edition of the Toronto Urban Roots Festival.
Though the album continues the trend of humorous titles – Wilco (The Album) and Star Wars – it’s “a pretty stern, introspective” primarily acoustic work that grapples with mid-life alienation, according to NOW’s review of the record.
“More than any Wilco record before, Schmilco dwells on the fact that life is funny but also heavy as hell,” reviewer Vish Khanna wrote in September.
Local connection: Tweedy recently brought Toronto-based singer/songwriter Andy Shauf to Chicago to record clarinet on an upcoming project.
More just announced shows
Burning Up! Peach, Raf Reza, Yohei Saka, John Lennie at Double Double Land doors 10 pm, $5-$10. December 10.
Riohv, Jesse Futerman at Bambi’s doors 10 pm. December 10.
A Jann Arden Christmas at Roy Thomson Hall doors 8 pm (Dec 13), 2 & 8 pm (Dec 14), $33.75-$107. tso.ca. December 13 & 14.
Kayzo at The Hoxton doors 10 pm, $15. ticketweb.ca. December 23.
Dakota Tavern NYE Party with CATL feat. Eamon McGrath at Dakota Tavern doors 10 pm, $20 adv, $25 at the door. thedakotatavern.com. December 31.
Class of 2017: Partner, The Seams, Lonely Parade, Veins at Silver Dollar doors 8:30 pm, $10. ticketfly.com. January 6.
EDX at The Hoxton doors 10 pm, $15. ticketweb.ca. January 14.
G Jones, The Widdler & Eastghost at Velvet Underground doors 8 pm, ticketweb.ca. February 1.
Dumbfoundead, Year of the OX at Drake Hotel doors 8 pm, $16. ticketmaster.ca. February 8.
Devendra Banhart at Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 7 pm, $29.50-$49.50. On sale December 2. ticketmaster.ca. March 9.
Mother Mother, K Flay at Massey Hall doors 8 pm, $29.50-$45. On sale December 2. ticketmaster.ca. March 11.
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