Photo by Austin Nelson

has been pretty busy the past few months. Friday, they headlined the 2012 which you can now stream from NPR’s archives. A few weeks ago they played the famous Amphitheater, then closed out a stellar run of shows in along with an appearance on . Let’s wrap-up some of the more noteworthy items after the jump

First is news for live show junkies and/or those who collect jams on. Earlier this week the band announced a test-run of sorts in downloadable shows for purchase. Gigs from (6/23/12) and , IL (7/8/12) are the first two available, with persumably more on the way. The shows are available in & at the Wilco Roadcase Store.

Speaking of the Red Rocks Ampitheatre. One of the reported highlights was The () helping out on a version of ‘California ’. Here’s a Youtube video — around the 3 minute mark Wilco steps back and lets The carry the ’ tune.

Wilco w/ Punch Brothers - "California " - , 6/22/12

If you’ve got just one foot on the Wilco train, I highly suggest checking out their Roadcase site which offers a free live show on rotation. The current performance is from January 30th at the Palladium in , CA. Really good show that kicks off with Art of Almost, one of the best additions to Wilco’s catalog since . For some banter skip ahead to ‘I Must Be High’ or as the band apparently calls it ‘Hey You, What’s for Lunch?’.

‘Art of Almost’ was one of two tunes Wilco performed on NBC’s with . Another was a web-exclusive of ‘’. ‘’ is a song performed only a handful of times on tour and originated from one of ’s many side projects, . Check out Laminated Cat on Fallon’s official site.

I advise getting yourself and a few friends to at least one Wilco show in 2012. THIS incarnation of the band (which has gone through several lineup changes over it’s long history) is the perfect blend of rock/pop/kraut/country/psych. One of the few live bands at the top of their game and set on continuing something special with new albums every few years. I personally can’t wait to see them again at the in just two months!

Here are the remaining U.S. tour dates on the calendar :

27 Jul 2012 / Newport, RI / State Park
28 Jul 2012 / Cooperstown, NY / Brewery Ommegang
29 Jul 2012 / Essex Junction, VT / Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Expo
31 Jul 2012 / North Adams, MA / MASS MoCA
01 Aug 2012 / Hartford, CT /
03 Aug 2012 / Rochester, NY / Highland Bowl
04 Aug 2012 / Columbus, OH / LC Pavilion request
15 Sep 2012 / , IL /
16 Sep 2012 / Columbia, MO / on Ninth Street
18 Sep 2012 / , / Opera House
19 Sep 2012 / Tucson, AZ / Tucson Convention Center Hall
21 Sep 2012 / , CA /
22 Sep 2012 / , CA /
23 Sep 2012 / Reno, NV / Grand Sierra Theatre
25 Sep 2012 / Jacksonville, OR /
26 Sep 2012 / Redding, CA / Cascade Theatre
28 Sep 2012 / Palm Desert, CA / McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts
29 Sep 2012 / San Luis Obispo, CA / Avila Beach Resort
30 Sep 2012 / , CA /

And if you are still reading. Lucky you. The entire Wilco performance from this year’s is on Youtube. An hour and twenty minutes of Wilco on the shore! Sign me up.

Besides being an avid concert-goer, currently working at Fox Sports and serving as co-editor / writer for LIVE music blog, while living in Santa Monica. Tweets @phortin.