Although Wilco’s sound has been dubbed as alternative rock by the music elite, the band’s creative use of mellow chords, sway-provoking melodies and toe-tapping upbeats lend to a more eclectic sound.
The band’s summer tour across the United States only amps the excitement surrounding the still-untitled album slated for release on Tuesday. Wilco’s latest effort follows 2007’s Grammy-nominated album “Sky Blue Sky,” which saw favorable commercial success on the album charts and in a Volkswagen commercial. VW used the album’s title tracks, the mellow and melodic “You Are My Face,” and “The Thanks I Get,” to promote its cars.
In addition to licensing songs to VW, Wilco has seen increasing commercial success since the 2004 album “A Ghost Is Born” won a Grammy that year for Best Alternative Rock Album. In addition to the Grammy win, the band saw initial industry success with its sophomore effort, 2000’s “Mermaid Avenue,” which was nominated for Best Contemporary Folk Album.
Yet, it is Wilco’s album from 2002, “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot,” that slipped under the radar of the musical elite and ignited the fans who have since formed an almost cult-like following to the band and proclaimed the album to be a masterpiece of art. Although it might have been the masterpiece, “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” resulted in the band getting the boot from its then record label, Reprise, after which a bidding war ensued. The band has since landed on its feet and with a new record label, Nonesuch Records.
Although the line-up of members has not been consistent through the nearly 15 years since the band formed, singer Jeff Tweedy has been the only steady member of the band.
Lending to the band’s a-little-bit-country-a-little-bit-rock-and-roll sound, Tweedy’s voice is rough around the edges, yet is able to somehow sweetly sugar coat every lyric and chorus. Using music as an outlet, Tweedy’s own experiences with love, family and addiction to prescription drugs have flowed into his lyrics, often depicting some kind of internal struggle but striking a cord with fans.
Somehow, Wilco’s music seems to fit perfectly into the mellow but still exciting environment that is Lake Tahoe. Playing in an outdoor amphitheater, the crisp summer nights produced by the chilly blue water of the lake and the warm forest air will only complement the moody and meaningful music of Wilco.
Wilco will be accompanied by opening band Okkervil River, which will be a treat for people who might head to the concert with the expectation of only being wowed by Wilco. Okkervil’s sound is upbeat yet folk driven and augmented by band members who deliver an electric performance.
The concert will be held in the Harvey’s Lake Tahoe outdoor arena located on Highway 50 south. The show is at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com for $38.50.