After taking a year off to concentrate on its own music, titanic indie rock sextet Wilco just announced the much-anticipated return of its Solid Sound festival to MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. The three-day outdoor event once again features acts hand-picked by the band members themselves, and with the 2013 lineup they’ve outdone themselves: In addition to two headlining sets by Wilco, the June 21-23 gathering will feature performances by, among others, Neko Case, Yo La Tengo, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Low, Brazlian psychedelic legends Os Mutantes, Foxygen, Marc Ribot and David Hidalgo’s (Los Lobos) Border Music project, White Denim, gospel greats the Relatives, Lucius, rising folk star Sam Amidon, and a reunited Dream Syndicate, whose Solid Sound performance will mark the full band’s first North American concert in 25 years.
In addition to sets by various Wilco side projects, such as drummer Glenn Kotche’s On Fillmore backing a live performance of the popular public radio show “Radiolab,” the festival promises comedy by John Hodgman, Reggie Watts, Al Madrigal, and Jen Kirkman, food, vendors, and more. Camping and bus transportation from New York and Boston is available.
For tickets and more of the Solid Sound lowdown, visit www.solidsoundfestival.com.