Two of the most exciting rock shows to come to San Antonio in a tortoise’s age were both announced in the last week, and they’re both coming to the same venue: Sunset Station’s Lonestar Pavilion.
In order of importance, we’ll deal first with Wilco, the gold standard for restlessly inventive pop deconstructionists the world over. Jeff Tweedy and company were forced to carry the roots-rock banner for years, largely because of Tweedy’s country pedigree with Uncle Tupelo and partly because Wilco’s 1995 debut album, A.M., carried echoes of classic Southern rock. But with 1999’s Summerteeth and the extravagantly praised 2002 release Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, they established their own sonic reference points, and the glee with which Tweedy tramples over his own deeply felt compositions is hard to resist.
Because Wilco has always been a natural for Austin’s college crowd, local music fans might assume that the fliers they see for Wilco’s upcoming SA show contain a cruel misprint; it is not for us to question these things, but merely to accept them and hope for more. Wilco comes to Lonestar Pavilion on Friday, October 13, and tickets go on sale on Saturday, August 26 at 10 a.m. Advance tickets sell for $27.
Another welcome addition to our local concert schedule is the Kings of Leon show at Lonestar Pavilion, set for Thursday, September 14. The Kings are a family band of Tennessee hellraisers with a taste for rock-star debauchery matched only by their complete command of the full-frontal, post-punk assault they call home. Tickets for the Kings of Leon show go on sale Thursday, August 24, and sell for $15.