ACL Music Fest Live Shots
Photo By Mary Sledd


Zilker Park, Sept. 25

There's absolutely no better band to coax the sun behind the trees than Wilco. In unusually high spirits, Jeff Tweedy provided respite from the relentless fireball with songs spanning the entire Wilco catalog. "I'm officially coming out of my shell tonight," Tweedy declared. "Okay, maybe not." But he did encourage uncanny amounts of audience participation from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot's "Jesus, Etc." and Summerteeth's "I'm Always in Love." This is a new Tweedy, one without migraines, vomit, and pills. This Tweedy smiles and dances and jokes. With Glenn Kotche banging away behind him with his trademarked grin and guitarist Nels Cline walking the thin line between mind-blowing rock and overzealous wank it looked as though Wilco has finally grown up. After Summerteeth fave "A Shot in the Arm," Tweedy warned of impending cheesiness: "Because that's rock & roll, and that's good for your soul." Closing with A Ghost Is Born's lengthy "Spiders (Kidsmoke)," Tweedy's crew relished the dropping temps as much as the ebullient crowd beaming at them. If there's one band to come back for every ACL Festival, let it be Wilco. "Please, God! Show some enthusiasm!"

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