Live photos and recap: Wilco and Yo La Tengo make some noise on Coney Island
Tue Jul 14 2009
When I wrote last week that Wilco was reentering a gritty phase in its career, I underestimated just how edgy the old fellas could be. Last night Wilco—preceded by a noisy, vibrant Yo La Tengo playing old and new material—played as if it had something to prove. The set list was a big f-you to the stroller scene with ferocious guitar parts from both Nels Cline and Jeff Tweedy on "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart," "Bull Black Nova," "I'm the Man Who Loves You," and many others. The band softened up for a few songs with special guests Leslie Feist and Ed Droste (most notably on the Woody Guthrie--penned "California Stars," Mermaid Avenue being just a couple blocks away), but came back in force for "Misunderstood" and a Yo La Tengo--assisted "Spiders (Kidsmoke)." It was loud, it was fast, it was (two encores) long, and they finished it all off as they should have: with Guthrie's "Hoodoo Voodoo."
More great pics after the jump, by Stephen Kosloff and Thomas Hauner.
Wilco from Stephen Kosloff:
From Thomas Hauner:
Yo La Tengo from Stephen Kosloff:
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