Review from the Albany Times Union. August 15, 2010 at 9:41 am by Greg Haymes By GREG HAYMES Special to the Times Union NORTH ADAMS – From its very conception more than a year and a half ago, the Solid Sound Festival has been about the integration of music and art, and on Saturday afternoon at MASS MoCA it all came together beautifully. The Vermont-based a cappella trio of women known as Mountain Man raised their voices and offered an impromptu performance in the museum’s largest gallery. There was political theater in the museum courtyard as Bread & Puppet Theater performed “The Decapitalization Circus.” And at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night, the eclectic Chicago rock band Wilco – who organized the three-day festival with MASS MoCA – took the stage to wrap up day two with a sprawling, glorious two and a half hour show that left the crowd – and the band – ecstatic. “Did you guys hear the train go by during that song?” Wilco bandleader Jeff Tweedy asked the field full of cheering fans after the swirling psychedelia of “Deeper Down.” “We made that happen. It’s part of our installation.” Throughout the day on Saturday, eight musical acts – selected by Wilco – performed outdoors at three different locations throughout the museum’s massive complex. And the music was dizzying diverse. There was the fractured pop-punk of the three-man Maine-based Brenda. The exquisite flamenco-jazz acoustic guitar instrumental sounds of Sir Richard Bishop. The lush folk harmonies of Vetiver. With self-indulgent art-music of the duo On Fillmore (led by Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche). The swinging-for-the-fences, flat-out rock ‘n’ roll of the all-star Baseball Project (which featured R.E.M.’s Mike Mills pinch-hitting for his bandmate Peter Buck on bass). And there was the magnificent gospel of veteran soul singer Mavis Staples, who offered a spine-chilling preview of her upcoming album, “You Are Not Alone,” which Tweedy produced. With a soulful voice that seemed to rise to the heavens and back, Staples roared through a batch of traditional gospel tunes, as well as a couple of Tweedy-penned numbers. And, yes, Tweedy joined Staples and her band for a couple of songs, strumming his acoustic guitar. But the night belonged to Wilco, and the six-man band was holding nothing back. Tweedy writes wonderful pop songs, and the band takes the beautiful melodies to anthemic levels. But in a true act of subversion, Wilco then begins to deconstruct their own carefully assembled masterpieces with thrilling bouts of jagged, often dissonant sonic sabotage. The band primary sabateur is guitarist Nels Cline, who can shift from beautiful Jim Hall-like jazz passages to total cacaphony in a single measure of music. He did that time after time on Saturday night on such songs as “Ashes of American Flags,” “A Shot in the Arm” and “Impossible Germany.” In the quintessential moment of the night, Wilco played “Jesus, Etc.,” Tweedy left his microphone behind and led the crowd of 5-6,000 fans in a gigantic sing-along. “I can’t believe how much fun this has been,” Tweedy proclaimed. “And it ain’t even over.” The festival concludes today with a solo performance by Tweedy and assortment of musical friends. _____________________________ It was great to see Johnny Lackey's 4 'winter residency' posters included in the Wilco poster retrospective hung in the museum -- curated by Mass MOCA!