ITHACA, N.Y. — Indie favorite Wilco will be playing a show at the State Theatre on Sept. 23, according to Dan Smalls Presents.
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Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 24, at DanSmallsPresents.com. Wilco’s “Grammy-award winning band’s 9th studio album for FREE over at wilcoworld.net,” Dan Smalls adds in a Facebook post.

Adds ANewsCafe.com in a 2012 review of Wilco:

Wilco rose from the ashes of one of the most respected alt-country groups of the 1990s, Uncle Tupelo, to emerge as a celebrated band in their own right. Led by frontman Jeff Tweedy, Wilco has evolved from a country-rock band into an eclectic indie-rock collective that touches on many eras and genres in their music: ‘70s rock, country, Beach Boys-style pop, noise-rock and folk.

With an incredible array of distinct musical genres that blend together to form a sound that has been described as daring, allusive and funky, Wilco has attracted a fan base which embraces the band’s musical adventurism.

Tweedy, without the rest of his band, played a show at the State Theatre in September 2014 that drew rave reviews.

News of the band’s upcoming Ithaca show follows on the heels of the band’s recently released album “Star Wars.”

The Atlantic published a review of that album on Monday:

A crackling 33-minute trip, the album has way more in common with ‘90s indie pranksters like Pavement than it does with the Americana scene that Wilco’s long been associated with.

While a few of these songs won’t stick in listeners’ heads for long, all of them feature a delightful sonic twist of some sort. You can tell what mood they’re in within a second of turning on the opener “EKG,” an instrumental whose migraine-frequency guitar stabs eventually lock onto a kraut groove that suggests liftoff into another world.

In that world, we get a tune like “More…,” which sounds a bit like Tom Petty’s “Free Falling” except for the fact that its riffs pan between ears and the song drowns itself in distortion before the three-minute mark.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.