The always impressive rock band has really kept on their toes this year adding new gigs weekly to their already busy summer. Five more shows round out the 42-stint marathon in support of their latest achievement, The . The new dates include a two-night run at the Trap in Vienna, VA on July 17-18, a show at the nTelos Pavilion in on July 19th, and two shows at the Bandshell in , NY, July 23rd and 24th.

is firing on all cylinders too. After a small hiccup in the form of 2009’s (The Album), has found the rock formula once again. Newer tunes like Art of Almost, and I Might go along concert staples, and Handshake Drugs ease. And hasn’t forgotten about his 10-year old album (Happy Birthday!), , which to this day, the sight of the album cover brings me back to my (happy) college days. If you haven’t, check out the awesome Sam documentary ‘I Am Trying to Break Your Heart’ which shows the struggle had in getting YHF to the masses. Go it immediately. If you’re just getting into Wilco, I always recommend their album from 2005, Kicking Television, but again, that’s just a starting point as didn’t hit his stride with the band until 2007-2008. What he brings to the band isn’t as underrated as it used to be, but he’s still the diamond in Wilco’s rough.

Getting back on the road in May, Wilco headlines the on May 18th before a quick trip to for some more love. Then for the first time since 2009, ’s famed Ampitheatre is their home for two nights on June 22nd and 23rd. Another show that stands out is July 7th in Sioux City, IA. Billed as a Saturday in the Park, the FREE event has been going on since 1991 and has become Iowa’s premiere attraction of the summer. This year, Wilco will headline with the support of Brotherhood and .

Speaking of support, the one Wilco does better than most is pick openers to go on the road with them. While and open the gigs, and play with Wilco at the July 27th at State Park in Rhode Island. open in Camden, NJ too.

Of special note is Wilco’s first ever performance at the iconic shell of the on September 30th. go on sale May 5th, with an opening act still TBA. Always check out wilcoworld.net for pre-sale ticket information. I can attest that the pre- have some damn fine available and they go mostly unknown by our scalpers pals. A few pre- are going on with some slated to start this week for the just announced performances. Wilco is one of the better acts currently making the rounds on a consistent basis so there’s no excuse in missing them.

Wilco’s 2012 Summer Tour Itinerary

May 10 Fayetteville, AR Arkansas Pavilion
May 11 Birmingham, AL Sloss Furnaces
May 12 Jackson, MS Thalia Mara Hall
May 14 , FL Morsani Hall
May 15 Beach, FL The Beach
May 16 Saint Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheater
May 18 Gulf Shores, AL
May 19 Memphis, TN Mud Island Amphitheatre
May 31 Barcelona, ES
June 4 Dublin, IE Forbidden Fruit
June 8 Porto, PT
June 22 Morrison, CO
June 23 Morrison, CO
June 25 , UT Red Butte Garden
June 26 , ID Idaho Botanical Garden
June 28 Missoula, MT Big Sky Brewery
July 1 Duluth, MN Bayfront Festival Park
July 2 Rochester, MN Mayo Civic Center Aud
July 3 Davenport, IA Adler Theatre
July 7 Sioux City, IA Saturday in the Park
July 8 , IL Fifth Third Bank Ballpark
July 15 Louisville, KY Festival
July 17 Vienna, VA Trap
July 18 Vienna, VA
July 19 , VA nTelos Pavilion
July 21 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
July 23 , NY Celebrate /
July 24 Brooklyn,NY Celebrate Brooklyn / Prospect Park
July 27 Newport, RI State Park
July 28 Cooperstown, NY Brewery Ommegang Field
July 29 Essex Junction, VT Midway Lawn
July 31 North Adams, MA MASS MoCA
August 1 Hartford, CT
August 3 Rochester, NY Highland Bowl
August 4 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
August 10 Goteborg, Sweden Way Out West Festival
August 11 Rees-Haldern, Germany Haldern Festival
August 12 Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, Wilderness Festival
August 14 Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Den Atelier
August 16 Saint Polten, Austria Frequency Festival
August 18 Hasselt, Belgium Pukkelpop Festival
Sept 30 , CA

And in case you missed it, check out this rad time lapse released by the band a few months ago of Misunderstood. Love how the band always infuses new life into some of their older songs.


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.