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Today's featured articleWilcois an Americanrockband based in Chicago, Illinois. The band was formed in 1993 by the remaining members of alternative countrygroup Uncle Tupelofollowing singer Jay Farrar's departure from that group. Wilco's lineup has changed frequently, with only singer Jeff Tweedyand bassist John Stirrattremaining from the original incarnation. The other current members are guitarist Nels Cline, multi-instrumentalists Pat Sansoneand Mikael Jorgensen, and drummer Glenn Kotche. Wilco has released six studio albums, a live double album, and three collaborations: two with Billy Bragg, and one with The Minus 5. Wilco's music has been inspired by a wide variety of artists and styles, including Bill Fayand Television, and has in turn influenced music by The Nationaland Cherry Ghost. The band continued in the alternative country of Uncle Tupelo on its debut album A.M.(1995), but has since introduced more experimentalaspects to their music. Wilco won two Grammy Awardsfor their fifth studio album, 2004's A Ghost Is Born, including Best Alternative Music Album. (more...) Archive– By email– More featured articles...
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