Wilco have announced the second edition of Sky Blue Sky. The destination concert event takes place from January 17-22, 2022 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico. The lineup features Wilco (who’ll play three shows), Spoon, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Thundercat, Waxahatchee, Stephen Malkmus, Nubya Garcia, Mountain Man, and more. There’ll also be a solo set from Jeff Tweedy and a DJ set from Britt Daniel. Find the Sky Blue Sky poster below.
20 years ago today, Stephen Malkmus released his self-titled solo debut. Join your forces and sing along. Read our classic cover story from that year:
Near the end of Slow Century, Lance Bangs’ 2002 Pavement documentary, we happen upon a seated Stephen Malkmus, playing a new tune. Offscreen, Bob Nastanovich’s keyboard wheedles wonkily and drummer Steve West sustains an encouraging beat. Onscreen, the camera is trained on their frontman and the guitar he’s strumming. It’s an intimate, awkward interlude, captured in desolate performance-space surroundings. The lyrics as sung are underbaked and unsure of themselves, little clear distinction is made between verses and choruses, and no ending exists. Still, there’s promise — Malkmus’ laconic vocal veers north in startling ways, the melody sparkling, the words a cryptic jumble. It’s sometime in the late 1990s, and Pavement remains a beloved American indie-rock band that hasn’t broken up yet. “That’s a good song,” the singer remarks afterwards. “We should do that.”
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