LIVE: Solid Sound @ MASS MoCA, 6/27/15 (Day Two)

July 13th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg
Wilco's Glen Kotche

Wilco’s Glen Kotche

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Rudy Lu, Andrzej Pilarczyk, Richard Brody

Somwehere in the middle of their headlining set on Saturday night, Wilco played “Sunken Treasure,” and bandleader Jeff Tweedy sang, “Music is my savior, and I was maimed by rock and roll/I was tamed by rock and roll/I got my name from rock and roll.” And the crowd out in Joe’s Field let out a mighty roar of appreciation.

Yes, Solid Sound was back at MASS MoCA. The fourth incarnation of the Wilco-curated festival – now a biennial affair – took over the sprawling MASS MoCA campus for three days, holding forth at four different performance locations, as well several of the museum’s galleries. And while rock and roll (in its broadest definition) was the focus, Saturday’s 12-hour line-up stretched from the hushed folk of Jessica Pratt (perhaps a bit too intimate for a festival setting) to the hip-hop of Shabazz Palaces, from the electro-funk of Cibo Matto to John Hodgman’s comedy revue.

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Chicago guitarist-singer Ryley Walker and his four-piece backing band kicked off the day with a thoroughly entrancing set of swirling psychedelic jazz-rock fusion highlighted by the title track of his latest album “Primrose Green.” He was followed by the Australian indie-folk duo Luluc and the sublime, oh-so-tasty stylings of guitar master Bill Frisell, who teamed up with avant-folk traditionalist Sam Amidon for a set that featured featured an ode to groundhog hunting, as well as an off-the-beaten-path excursion through a keening ballad rendition of the Kinks’ “Tired of Waiting.”

NRBQ livened up the festival’s festivities with a joyous, romping set of newer songs, with keyboardist-bandleader Terry Adams sprinkling in some old favorites (a stomping rendition of “Me & the Boys” was a particular crowd-pleaser) and a Thelonious Monk tune re-invented in surf-twang mode. Guitar hero Richard Thompson played in power-trio format, tearing through selections from his new Jeff Tweedy-produced album, “Still,” (most notably the aptly titled “Guitar Heroes”), and older nuggets like “Shame of Doing Wrong” and the rip-snorting “Tear Stained Letter.”

But it’s really Wilco’s festival, and they never fail to rise to another level at Solid Sound. After their Friday night headlining set – the band’s first all-acoustic show – they flexed their musical muscles on Saturday with the chugging “Kamera,” the electro-throb of “Art of Almost” and the delightfully mismatched back-to-back pairing of Woody Guthrie’s “Secrets of the Sea” with “Heavy Metal Drummer.”

SECOND OPINIONS
Maeri Ferguson’s review at Glide Magazine
Review by Mark Guarino and photograph by Douglas Mason from The Guardian
Jimmy Chambers’ review at NYS Music

WILCO SATURDAY SET LIST
I’m the Man Who Loves You
Camera
Candyfloss
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
Art of Almost
At Least That’s What You Said
Either Way
Pot Kettle Black
Panthers
Sunken Treasure
Secret of the Sea
(Billy Bragg & Wilco cover)
Heavy Metal Drummer
Born Alone
Laminated Cat
(Loose Fur cover)
Ashes of American Flags
Hotel Arizona
Box Full of Letters
Impossible Germany
A Magazine Called Sunset
Via Chicago
ENCORES
Let’s Not Get Carried Away
Dark Neon
The Late Greats
Kingpin
Monday
Outtasite (Outta Mind)

Jeff Tweedy

Jeff Tweedy

Shabazz Palaces

Shabazz Palaces

Richard Thompson and his lightening fingers

Richard Thompson and his lightening fingers

Richard Thompson, Michael Jerome and Taras Prodaniuk

Richard Thompson, Michael Jerome and Taras Prodaniuk (photo by Richard Brody)

Terry Adams of NRBQ

Terry Adams of NRBQ

NRBQ's Whole Wheat Horns

NRBQ’s Whole Wheat Horns

Miko Hatori of Ciba Matto

Miko Hatori of Ciba Matto

Ciba Matto's Yuka Honda

Ciba Matto’s Yuka Honda

Luluc

Luluc

Bill Frisell and Sam Amidon

Bill Frisell and Sam Amidon

Sam Amidon

Sam Amidon

Jessica Pratt (photo by Richard Brody)

Jessica Pratt (photo by Richard Brody)

Nels Cline

Nels Cline

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One thought on “LIVE: Solid Sound @ MASS MoCA, 6/27/15 (Day Two)”

  1. Hiromi Ando says:

    CiboMattoのステージをファンたちがあげているInstagramで垣間見て、それだけで感動しました‼︎‼︎
    Wilcoはアメリカを代表する偉大なバンドです。ぜひこのようなfestivalを来年も開催して下さい。そしてまたCiboMattoのsoundとvocalにNelsClineさんのguitarが重なるLIVEを聴きたいです!

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