Wilco at Bonnaroo

One of the highlights for me at Bonnaroo this year was getting to hear Wilco play songs off of their latest, "Sky Blue Sky." Big thanks to everyone who went to the effort of recording these videos and posting them to YouTube.

1. You Are My Face
2. Side With The Seeds
3. I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
4. Handshake Drugs
5. A Shot In The Arm

6. Via Chicago

7. Impossible Germany

8. Sky Blue Sky

9. Shake It Off

10. War On War

11. Jesus, Etc.

12. Walken

13. I'm The Man Who Loves You

14. Hummingbird

15. Spiders (Kidsmoke)

Encore 1:
16. The Late Greats

17. Heavy Metal Drummer

Sonic Sunrise Radio on Pandora

What do David Sylvian, Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, Sigur Ros, Broken Social Scene and Slowdive have in common?

Listen to Sonic Sunrise Radio on Pandora and let me know what you think.

The Verve Return

The rumors are true!
Out of the blue, and eight years after they split acrimoniously, the band – Richard Ashcroft, Pete Salisbury, Mick McCabe and Simon Jones – shocked the music world by announcing they were working on a new album.

In announcing six dates, they put the feelers out to see what kind of a reaction they would receive from their fans.

And it has been overwhelming.

A set up by the band's management just two weeks ago has already had 30,000 visitors and demand for tickets for the new gigs went through the roof.
I knew the day would eventually come when The Verve would set aside their grudges and play a reunion tour. My only worry was that they might wait 20 years or more to play together. But a new album?! I never thought that would happen, in large part because Richard Ashcroft has had such a successful solo career.

I first saw The Verve at T in the Park in 1995, and it still ranks as one of the best live shows I've ever seen. The band split right after that show, then reformed, only to split again in 1999, not long after touring for Urban Hymns. I hope they can stay together long enough this time to make it to the Bay Area.

{Update: You'll find The Verve's MySpace page here.}