Halfway through “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart,” the leadoff track on 2002’s “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.” That’s when I stopped listening to Wilco, which had been one of my favorite bands of the ’90s because of their first three albums — “A.M.,” “Being There” and “Summerteeth,” as well as the “Mermaid Avenue” collaboration with Billy Bragg.
In the blurps and hisses and tinks and tonks of “Yankee’s” entree, I heard betrayal. Right there was an artsy overreach that ditched “A.M.” in favor of Radiohead. Jeff Tweedy’s detached vocals were too good for lowly rock. Suddenly, I became a folk purist at Newport 1965 when Bob Dylan desecrated his apprenticeship to Woody Guthrie with a screeching electric guitar. I took the new Wilco CD out of the player and flipped it against the wall.
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ACL Music Fest 2013
Wilco plays at 6 p.m. Saturday during both weekends of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, which is Oct. 4-6 and 11-13 at Zilker Park.
More ACL Fest previews and news at austin360.com.