Wilco's Return

Wilco plays it all during anticipated Austin residency

Wilco plays it all during anticipated Austin residency

Wilco at Stubb's in Austin September 2015
Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy on night one. Photo by Chad Wadsworth
Wilco at Stubb's in Austin September 2015
Wilco night one.  Photo by Chad Wadsworth
Wilco at Stubb's in Austin September 2015
Wilco's night one set list. Photo by Chad Wadsworth
Wilco at Stubb's in Austin September 2015
Jeff Tweedy night one.  Photo by Chad Wadsworth
Wilco at Stubb's in Austin September 2015
Jeff Tweedy night two.  Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Wilco at Stubb's in Austin September 2015
Wilco night two.  Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Wilco at Stubb's in Austin September 2015
Wilco night two. Photo by Chad Wadsworth
Wilco at Stubb's in Austin September 2015
Wilco's 2015 tour ended with two nights in Austin.  Photo by Chad Wadsworth
Wilco at Stubb's in Austin September 2015
Wilco hats, available at the show.  Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Wilco at Stubb's in Austin September 2015
Wilco at Stubb's in Austin September 2015
Wilco at Stubb's in Austin September 2015
Wilco at Stubb's in Austin September 2015
Wilco at Stubb's in Austin September 2015
Wilco at Stubb's in Austin September 2015
Wilco at Stubb's in Austin September 2015
Wilco at Stubb's in Austin September 2015
Wilco at Stubb's in Austin September 2015

Strolling into Stubb’s on a mildly warm fall evening — the first of Wilco’s two-night residency — felt a lot like heading over to a good friend’s house party.

The scene was familiar: there were friends in the crowd, chatting quietly while sipping their PBR, and the stage was nearly identical from last time around, with the exception of the new stage mascot, a white Persian cat from the cover of the band’s latest album Star Wars

It all added up to a warm, anticipatory vibe, the crowd awaiting the return of the beloved Chicago natives. But Wilco is not a band that lives in the past: They constantly tweak and evolve their sound, unafraid to take sonic chances while still remaining under the wide umbrella of a sound that is loved by their many fans.

During the two-night run at Stubb's — the final shows of Wilco's 2015 tour — the band played it all, reaching back while looking forward. And their Austin friends thought it was alright.