Music: Wilco and Steve Gunn

When Wilco plays Taft Theatre on Tuesday, the opening act will be a singer/songwriter and guitarist whose textured, ethereal, slightly dazed and bluesy Rock sound is earning him comparisons to The War on Drugs and Kurt Vile.

Chicago has given us many things over the years. Awesome pizza. Billy Corgan. The Cubs, who will always do worse than the Reds. And each winter a chance to look at the weather report and not feel quite as downtrodden about “all the snow” that we get. Chicago’s greatest gift to the world, however, came in 1994 with the birth of a little band called Wilco. 

The band is currently on a 20th anniversary tour, marking two decades since the release of its first album, A.M., in 1995. 

When Wilco plays Taft Theatre on Tuesday, the opening act will be a singer/songwriter and guitarist whose textured, ethereal, slightly dazed and bluesy Rock sound is earning him comparisons to The War on Drugs and Kurt Vile.

He is Steve Gunn, a now-Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Philadelphian who has actually been recording albums since 2007. But until 2013’s Time Off album, his small-label records had been instrumental and often shared with collaborators. But with the relatively traditional song structures, vocals and fuller band sound of last year’s Way Out Weather on the amusingly named Paradise of Bachelors label — an album that placed on many “Best of the Year” lists — things have started to happen for him.


8 p.m. Tuesday. $37.50-$60. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, tafttheatre.org.
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