Wilco Completes the Catalogue in Chicago
Wilcos five-night Winter Residency Chicagos Riviera Theatre came to a close last night with another standout performance. As promised, the group offered each and every song included on its six studio albums, along with scattered demos, EPs and material from the Billy Bragg collaborations, Mermaid Avenue Vol. 1 and 2. Last night the group undusted the early A.M. recordings I Thought I Held You and Shouldn’t Be Ashamed,’ the rare Summer Teeth track ‘‘Pieholden Suite, the Sky Blue Sky staple What Light and the experimental Less Than You Think, which includes a noise-driven, extended outro. The horn section the Tonal Pros and longtime group friend Andrew Bird also sat in throughout the night, helping the group reinterpret its more difficult material. Bird shined especially on Pieholden Suite and even showed off his trademark whistling abilities on Red Eyed & Blue. Fittingly, the sextet capped off its residency with Being Theres finale, Dreamer in my Dreams, which closes with the words, He’s hanging from a bell/He don’t know what he’s done/Just don’t forget to say goodbye when he’s gone/(That’s it!). Wilco will perform at Lakewood, OHs Lakewood Civic Auditorium this Friday.