Wilco Guitarist Nels Cline under the cloth vines decorating the stage at the FMB Tuesday night. -- photo by @inbreed (Instagram)
Two years after the band’s last appearance in Miami, Wilco returned for an electrifying, 27-song, two-hour marathon at the Fillmore Miami Beach.
Openers Purling Hiss from Philadelphia set the stage for a high-energy night with their own brand of guitar-driven ’90s alt-rock. They began with one of their more subdued tracks, “Voices”, a lazy summer-day rocker from their six-song EP Lounge Lizards. Yet, by the end of a seven-song set, the trio was in full-on jam mode with the screeching guitar solos from “Run from the City” earning a modest roar from the crowd.
Then Wilco came on, and the roar reached a new level.
The last time Wilco came through town, it was 2010 and frontman Jeff Tweedy opened for his own band as a solo act. Legends can do that. Now the reigning indie rock kingpins are touring behind their eighth studio album, The Whole Love, and the single “I Might” with Philadelphia lo-fi grit rocker Purling Hiss, aka Mike Polizze, opening. We have a pair of tickets for the concert to give away to one lucky Wilco fan. To enter to win, complete this sentence in the comment section: “I might ______ for a free pair of Wilco tickets.” We will announce the winner on the Beached Miami Facebook page on Tuesday morning. To learn about more upcoming live and local performances on our radar, check out the Miami Music Guide.