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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2012
As JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound took the stage for WTMD's First Thursday concert in Mount Vernon this past June, the rain came. But instead of allowing the dark clouds to damper the mood, lead singer Jayson Brooks saw an opportunity to make an impression. The magnetic frontman worked every inch of the stage, encouraging the crowd to clap along as he cleanly hit falsetto notes. When the rain stopped and a rainbow emerged, it almost felt as if Brooks had willed the clouds away.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2012
As JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound took the stage for WTMD's First Thursday concert in Mount Vernon this past June, the rain came. But instead of allowing the dark clouds to damper the mood, lead singer Jayson Brooks saw an opportunity to make an impression. The magnetic frontman worked every inch of the stage, encouraging the crowd to clap along as he cleanly hit falsetto notes. When the rain stopped and a rainbow emerged, it almost felt as if Brooks had willed the clouds away.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2011
How was HFstival this weekend? Were there as many bugs as during FreeFest ? Did the Avett Brothers make it at least worthwhile? There are no festivals in Baltimore this weekend, but there are a handful of excellent shows. And Deadmau5 is performing in the area again. I'm looking forward to The Walkmen at Merriweather, who are opening for Fleet Foxes. Elsewhere, there is: Moby at the Hippodrome (of all places), Big in Japan at Ottobar, Matmos, a Height with Friends tour kick-off show, Wilco and Brad Paisley.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2011
How was HFstival this weekend? Were there as many bugs as during FreeFest ? Did the Avett Brothers make it at least worthwhile? There are no festivals in Baltimore this weekend, but there are a handful of excellent shows. And Deadmau5 is performing in the area again. I'm looking forward to The Walkmen at Merriweather, who are opening for Fleet Foxes. Elsewhere, there is: Moby at the Hippodrome (of all places), Big in Japan at Ottobar, Matmos, a Height with Friends tour kick-off show, Wilco and Brad Paisley.
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By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,SUN STAFF | September 30, 2004
Midway through the sold-out Wilco show at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall Tuesday night, a fan in the back shouted out a request to turn it up. "Turn it up?" asked lead singer Jeff Tweedy. "Nah, it sounds good. Be quiet." He was right. Wilco's music - a lush and layered landscape of guitars, drums, keyboards and electronic gadgetry from which, improbably and sometimes unbelievably, beautiful melodies regularly emerge - sounded just right at the Meyerhoff. This is a band that has left small clubs - and small music - behind.
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By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,SUN STAFF | April 6, 2004
Showing that even freeloaders have a heart, fans of the rock band Wilco have contributed almost $4,000 since Friday to the band's favorite charity as a token payment for downloading Wilco's new record off the Internet. The new record, A Ghost Is Born, won't be released until June 22. But when copies leaked out last month, the band responded in a novel way. Instead of filing lawsuits or issuing cease-and-desist letters - a common practice in the piracy-crazed music industry - Wilco cooperated in setting up a Web site where downloaders could cleanse their consciences.
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By Greg Kot and Greg Kot,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 24, 2002
The best album of 2001 finally was released yesterday, seven months later than scheduled after foundering in the dunk tank of record-company politics. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is the story of a music industry so beholden to radio and the multimillion-selling album that it can no longer afford to nurture its most adventurous artists. In August, Reprise Records not only let Wilco out of its contract, but let the band take Yankee Hotel Foxtrot with it, even though the record company owned the master recording and could have required the band to pay for it. Wilco was then approached by dozens of labels, and eventually settled on a two-album deal with Nonesuch Records, a member of the same AOL Time Warner empire as Reprise.
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By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,SUN STAFF | June 21, 2004
In the dark, intimate confines of Washington's 9:30 Club, Jeff Tweedy and the members of Wilco emerge from behind a velvet curtain to the raucous cheers and outstretched arms of more than a thousand of their most reverent fans. (Tickets sold out in five minutes.) Without a word, Tweedy whirls into "Late Greats," from the band's new record: The best band will never get signed ... So good you won't ever know They never even played a show You can't hear 'em on the radio A nod to Wilco's own troubles in the music industry - its last record was dropped by its label as unsaleable only to go on to sell 450,000 copies - the song is lapped up by the fans.
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By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,Sun reporter | June 20, 2007
Put away your pity. Jeff Tweedy doesn't want it. The lead singer of Wilco is certainly no stranger to suffering. An addiction to painkillers sent him into rehab three years ago. He was paralyzed by anxiety and panic disorder. His record label rejected an album that was close to his heart. His mother died last year. None of it makes him special. "The fact is that everybody suffers," Tweedy says. "Whether you're an artist or not, you're not going to get through this life unscathed. You're going to be touched by tragedy and a lot of things.
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September 27, 2002
Starring Wilco Directed by Sam Jones Unrated Released by Cowboy Pictures Time 92 minutes
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By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,Sun reporter | June 20, 2007
Put away your pity. Jeff Tweedy doesn't want it. The lead singer of Wilco is certainly no stranger to suffering. An addiction to painkillers sent him into rehab three years ago. He was paralyzed by anxiety and panic disorder. His record label rejected an album that was close to his heart. His mother died last year. None of it makes him special. "The fact is that everybody suffers," Tweedy says. "Whether you're an artist or not, you're not going to get through this life unscathed. You're going to be touched by tragedy and a lot of things.
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By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,SUN STAFF | September 30, 2004
Midway through the sold-out Wilco show at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall Tuesday night, a fan in the back shouted out a request to turn it up. "Turn it up?" asked lead singer Jeff Tweedy. "Nah, it sounds good. Be quiet." He was right. Wilco's music - a lush and layered landscape of guitars, drums, keyboards and electronic gadgetry from which, improbably and sometimes unbelievably, beautiful melodies regularly emerge - sounded just right at the Meyerhoff. This is a band that has left small clubs - and small music - behind.
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By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,SUN STAFF | June 21, 2004
In the dark, intimate confines of Washington's 9:30 Club, Jeff Tweedy and the members of Wilco emerge from behind a velvet curtain to the raucous cheers and outstretched arms of more than a thousand of their most reverent fans. (Tickets sold out in five minutes.) Without a word, Tweedy whirls into "Late Greats," from the band's new record: The best band will never get signed ... So good you won't ever know They never even played a show You can't hear 'em on the radio A nod to Wilco's own troubles in the music industry - its last record was dropped by its label as unsaleable only to go on to sell 450,000 copies - the song is lapped up by the fans.
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By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,SUN STAFF | April 6, 2004
Showing that even freeloaders have a heart, fans of the rock band Wilco have contributed almost $4,000 since Friday to the band's favorite charity as a token payment for downloading Wilco's new record off the Internet. The new record, A Ghost Is Born, won't be released until June 22. But when copies leaked out last month, the band responded in a novel way. Instead of filing lawsuits or issuing cease-and-desist letters - a common practice in the piracy-crazed music industry - Wilco cooperated in setting up a Web site where downloaders could cleanse their consciences.
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By Rob Lowman and Rob Lowman,LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS | May 1, 2003
The critically acclaimed rock band Wilco has always had trouble getting a following beyond its faithful. Not fitting easily into most radio niches, the Chicago-based band has never been a big seller. In I'm Trying to Break Your Heart, director Sam Jones chronicles Wilco in black and white as it records its fourth album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. The quarreling that ensues has all the makings of a soap opera. Jeff Tweedy, the band's lead singer and main songwriter, and guitarist Jay Bennett are at odds throughout the recording, and eventually Tweedy fires Bennett.
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September 27, 2002
Starring Wilco Directed by Sam Jones Unrated Released by Cowboy Pictures Time 92 minutes
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By Rob Lowman and Rob Lowman,LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS | May 1, 2003
The critically acclaimed rock band Wilco has always had trouble getting a following beyond its faithful. Not fitting easily into most radio niches, the Chicago-based band has never been a big seller. In I'm Trying to Break Your Heart, director Sam Jones chronicles Wilco in black and white as it records its fourth album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. The quarreling that ensues has all the makings of a soap opera. Jeff Tweedy, the band's lead singer and main songwriter, and guitarist Jay Bennett are at odds throughout the recording, and eventually Tweedy fires Bennett.
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By Greg Kot and Greg Kot,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 24, 2002
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is the best album in Wilco's career, and, had it come out last year as scheduled, it would have topped many year-end Top-10 lists. But that doesn't mean diddly in record-company hallways. Wilco's commercial impact makes it a gnat on the forearm of the pop-culture Goliath. But Foxtrot isn't merely an album aimed at some elite audience of cult followers. Its themes couldn't be more universal; it's a meditation both musical and lyrical on what it means to live in the world's most prosperous country.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | September 27, 2002
SUN SCORE ***1/2 With Wilco's lead singer Jeff Tweedy providing low-key passion and intransigence, and director Sam Jones finding the sweaty visual poetry of lived-in city spaces, I Am Trying to Break Your Heart is one documentary that goes through major growth spurts every half hour. This picture is jagged and exciting; it tells several plots imperfectly, yet makes them add up to a great American story about integrity challenged and triumphant. I Am Trying to Break Your Heart starts with Wilco's members laying down tracks for Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, thrilled by the prospect of producing their own CD with the Reprise label's money and no interference.
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By Greg Kot and Greg Kot,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 24, 2002
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is the best album in Wilco's career, and, had it come out last year as scheduled, it would have topped many year-end Top-10 lists. But that doesn't mean diddly in record-company hallways. Wilco's commercial impact makes it a gnat on the forearm of the pop-culture Goliath. But Foxtrot isn't merely an album aimed at some elite audience of cult followers. Its themes couldn't be more universal; it's a meditation both musical and lyrical on what it means to live in the world's most prosperous country.
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