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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LIVE: Solid Sound @ MASS MoCA, 6/26/15 (Day One)

July 9th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg


Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

“I think this is about as perfect as it gets. This night and you guys,” said frontman Jeff Tweedy during Wilco’s headlining set on the opening night of Solid Sound, the three-day festival that he and his band curate every other summer at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams.

It was a perfect night. The Berkshire Mountains surrounding Joe’s Field, where the headlining acts played, looked lush and green. The reflective water tower on the field’s northern edge – now a familiar landmark for repeat Solid Sound attendees – shone like a beacon. And young kids were everywhere – making it seem like a place where the future of rock and roll could possibly be bright as well.

There was also a historical significance to the night. Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court issued their long-awaited ruling on marriage equality, making same-sex marriage legal across all 50 states.

“I was thinking, it’s so much nicer singing this song now that everyone can get married,” Tweedy said to great cheers midway through “Hesitating Beauty,” an old-fashioned ode to love and marriage from Wilco’s “Mermaid Avenue” collaboration with Billy Bragg set to words by Woody Guthrie.

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LIVE: Solid Sound Festival @ MASS MoCA, 6/21&22/13 (Take Two)

July 9th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg

Solid Sound 2013

Photographs by Andrew Gregory

We’re still reeling from Wilco’s third Solid Sound Festival last month at MASS MoCA in North Adams, so we thought we’d take another look back at the bash through the eyes of photographer Andrew Gregory.

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T-Shirt Slogans at Solid Sound

June 25th, 2013, 10:00 am by Greg

A random sampling of t-shirts spotted at the Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA on Saturday (June 22):

Maple Leaf Bar, New Orleans
Paul Simon
Maine West Warriors Track & Field
The Wrens
Vote for Pedro
The Dude Abides
Nuke the Whales
Jason Isbell
The Nels Cline Singers
The New York Jets
Concordia University
Silversun Pickups
Grateful Dad

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Parade of Shoes: Sarah Lee Guthrie

February 8th, 2012, 3:00 pm by Sara
Sarah Guthrie @ Solid Sound 2011 (photo by Matt Mac Haffie)

Sarah Lee Guthrie @ the Solid Sound Festival @ MASS MoCA, 2011 (photo by Matt Mac Haffie)

Parade of Shoes: Liam Finn

January 30th, 2012, 4:00 pm by Sara
Parade of Shoes: Liam Finn @ Solid Sound (photo by Matt Mac Haffie)

Parade of Shoes: Liam Finn @ Solid Sound (photo by Matt Mac Haffie)

LIVE: Solid Sound Festival @ MASS MoCA, Day Two, 6/25/11

July 1st, 2011, 2:30 pm by Greg
Jeff Tweedy

Jeff Tweedy

Most of the people that packed MASS MoCA’s Joe’s Field on Saturday night bore a striking resemblance to drowned rats, and yet you couldn’t have found a happier bunch anywhere. The sight had a real effect on Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy. “Thanks for standing out in the rain all day,” he told us, adding in amazement, “Such a great attitude!”

It’s true, the weather hadn’t been cooperating. Rain started bucketing down just before Wilco’s Friday night set, causing a 20-minute delay that was admirably filled by an impromptu comedy routine from John Hodgman (curator of this year’s Comedy Cabaret) and Justin Long, Hodgman’s partner from the “Mac/PC” commercials. But literally a minute before Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion were scheduled to kick off Day Two of Solid Sound 2011, the sun burst out from behind the clouds, followed by sterling blue skies. I attributed this change to the umbrella I carried in my overstuffed backpack. I hold that kind of power, after all.

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Info for Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival II @ MASS MoCA

January 18th, 2011, 1:35 pm by Greg

Solid Sound II
After the fabulous success of Wilco’s three-day Solid Sound Festival last August at MASS MoCA in North Adams, there was really only one question to ask.

How can they possibly top that?

The answer is Solid Sound II, which is heading back to MASS MoCA from Friday, June 24-Sunday, June 26.

Festival organizers haven’t announced the line-up of performers yet, but they did divulge some new information today.

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