Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy is taking a break from the band to release his debut solo album and embark on a new tour. The rocker reveals he has been working on his own music away from the group and he will share the songs with fans on a solo trek across North America.
He has assembled his own backing band, which includes his own son Spencer on drums.
The 16-date tour will kick off in Detroit, Michigan on 5 June (14) and conclude at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island at the end of July (14).
Further details about Tweedy's solo project have yet to be released.
Indie rockers The Decemberists have booked a guest starring gig on hit TV comedy Parks and Recreation. The band joins Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy in an upcoming episode, in which Amy Poehler and Chris Pratt's characters attempt to reunite a band. The episode will air in the U.S. in the spring (14).
Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy is taking his first step into acting after landing a cameo role in hit TV comedy Parks And Recreation. The rocker will make a guest appearance in the show as the lead singer of a fictional rock band called Land Ho!
The show's creator Michael Schur revealed the news during an interview with U.S. show Entertainment Tonight, saying, "Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Andy (Chris Pratt) are trying to convince him (Tweedy) to reunite for the big Unity Concert they are organising to solidify the merger of Pawnee (the town where the show is set) and Eagleton."
The episode will air in the U.S. in the spring (14).
Moving to the country is gradually becoming a staple career move for Hollywood stars. Especially if you're willing to film your rural life and the resultant hijinks. Jennie Garth, known best for playing Kelly Taylor on Beverly Hills 90210 and its spinoff series, will be taking to the fields in a new reality show called I Love Jennie, which will displace Garth, her husband Peter Facinelli (The Twilight Saga), and their family to a Central California seven-acre farm. As long as there are animals involved, it should be golden. I Love Jennie is set to debut in April on CMT. -Vulture
This season of Dexter has seen Joey Quinn pretty much fall apart, thanks to an emotional breakdown—but maybe that's because actor Desmond Harrington is just harnassing all of his machismo for the upcoming premiere of Justified's third season. Harrington will appear on the Justified opener after winter hiatus, playing a tough Southerner with potential ties to the Dixie Mafia. Harrington's Florida accent leaves a few things to be desired (unless he was raised in Miami's South Bronx), but Justified promises Harrison in full Mississippi style. The season premiere airs Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX. -TVLine
In the most monumental piece of casting news today, Jeff Tweedy—that is, frontman of the band Wilco—is changing courses in his career and taking on meteorology. This morning, Tweedy made his pioneer appearance as weatherman on Chicago's WGN morning show, delivering reports that range from cloudy to sunny. Not bad for a first day out there, JT! Although this means the demise of Wilco, it's worth it, as Tweedy's real talents and passions lie in his weather reporting. Okay, none of this is true. He read the weather today as a joke. It was funny. He's not doing it anymore. Wilco lives on. We just needed three stories to complete the roundup. Have a wonderful evening, everybody! -EW