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Concert review: Wilco

Published June 26, 2012 9:36 am

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The Chicago band Wilco has endured plenty of adjectives and names in its nearly 20-year existence from those who want to pigeonhole them. Alternative country. Prog-rock. Folk experimentalists. Alt-everything.But Monday night at a sold-out Red Butte Garden, the band wanted to be jam band.Songs that on record were four minutes long stretched to eight minutes or more as frontman Jeff Tweedy and lead guitarist Nels Cline extended tunes far beyond what was necessary. While it is always admirable to see how a band interprets its catalog, seemingly endless noodling on the guitar near the end of songs rarely elicits more interest.However, that is not to say seeing Wilco was a disappointment. While the past three albums since "A Ghost is Born" have seemed complacent and water-treading, there are enough well-crafted, sing-along gems from the recent albums that match up well to the highlights of the band's earlier, best albums, such as "A.M.," "Being There" and "Summerteeth."

To read the rest of the review and see a photo gallery from the show, go to: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment/54374752-81/band-wilco-songs-butte.html.csp