Live Review: Solid Sound Festival, North Adams, MA, June 28-30, 2019


MAGNET’s M.J. Fine picks her favorite musical moments at Solid Sound (mostly in chronological order). Photos by Chris Sikich.

The most spirited version of “Aw Shit Man” I’ve ever seen the Minus 5 play, capping off an uncharacteristically sunny performance.

Jeff Tweedy joining the lovely Cate Le Bon for the Kinks’ “Strangers” and Arthur Russell’s “I Couldn’t Say It To Your Face.

Wilco’s powerful renditions of “Bull Black Nova” and a pair of new songs (“Empty Corner” and “White Wooden Cross”), plus the freight train that accompanied “Theologians” and “Someone To Lose.”

Daveed Diggs of clipping. leading a late-night crowd through a whispery refrain of “Shooter” as Saturday drew to a close.

Jonathan Richman

Rough Francis launching Sunday morning by ripping through gloriously loud, pointed punk tunes.

A series of packed gallery performances (Lakou Mizik’s rootsy Haitian soul, Buck Meek’s gentle country tunes, CUP’s hypnotic guitar-and-keys soundscapes) that provided refuge from the storm outside.

When Jonathan Richman asked the audience to sing along to “People Are Disgusting,” and I heard what felt like my very own Mike Mills harmony vocal coming from a few feet behind me.

Jeff Tweedy and Friends—notably Scott McCaughey—embracing a sudden downpour with “Let’s Go Rain” and playing long enough to spot a Pride Day rainbow directly across Joe’s Field from the stage.

Other highlights: Aparna Nancherla’s anxiety-fueled stand-up act; a feast from Broccoli Bar; and taking time to wander through the museum to admire the impressive art collection.

Cate Le Bon
The Feelies with Jeff Tweedy
The Minus 5