Wilco - Hollywood Palladium - 1/24/12
The fans would not be denied one more song, and they stomped and cheered loudly. Slowly, the group filtered back to the gorgeously lit and dressed stage to perform
new ballad "The Lonely 1." The placid, hypnotic track lulled the rowdiness down to bliss, and the band departed one by one as the music echoed on. Mr. Tweedy took one last bow, doffing his hat in farewell, and disappeared.
Austin-based White Denim proved to be a forceful blend of garage-y sensibility and jam band exploration. Though the vocals were thin throughout their half-hour set, the foursome showed tremendous instrumental prowess. The songwriting only came together about half the time, but when it did (as on standout track "Street Joy"), there was no denying the gobs of mojo this young group has in reserve.
Personal Bias: This was my first time seeing Wilco, which means I have lived the past 17 years in a state of total fail.
The Crowd: White people who like Stuff White People Like.
Overheard in the Crowd: "I fucking love Wilco. I saw them at Coachella. Dude, I want to have my ashes scattered there after I die," said a 50-ish man who could charitably be described as "intense."
Random Notebook Dump: Wilco's guitar tech looks like Russell Hammond from Stillwater.
Set List below.