Like his former Uncle Tupelo partner Jay Farrar, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy was smitten with Gram Parsons and other icons of hippie twang. But unlike Farrar, Tweedy had a yen to broaden his music’s stylistic reach; with Wilco, he’s incorporated everything from Beach Boys harmonies to kraut rock rhythms to postpunk distortion flares. The only constants seem to be the seductive ache of Tweedy’s voice and the consistency of quality, which have earned the band a reputation as one of America’s most admired bands.

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