New Label & Dates For Wilco

Six months after the news broke that Wilco was parting ways with Nonesuch, the alternative rock band has officially announced that the group will now release music through its own label called dBpm Records.

The label, which stands for “Decibels per Minute,” will be run out of the offices of Wilco’s manager Tony Margherita in Easthampton, Mass. ANTI-Records – which released Mavis Staples’ Grammy nominated, Jeff Tweedy produced album You Are Not Alone – will provide distribution and additional label services.

“This is an idea we’ve discussed for years,” Wilco frontman Tweedy said in a statement on Wilco’s official website. “We really like doing things ourselves, so having our own label feels pretty natural to me. And, to be working with ANTI- a label that has its roots in a label that was started by a punk rock guy to sell his own records seems like a perfect fit for us.”

Wilco’s follow-up to the band’s self-titled 2009 full-length will be the first album released on dBpm. The new album is expected to be released later this year.

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Farm Aid Concert, St. Louis, Mo.

Wilco signed with Nonesuch after fellow Warner Group imprint Reprise Records rejected the band’s fourth album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Since putting out the 2002 album Nonesuch released 2004’s A Ghost Is Born, the 2005 live album Kicking Television: Live in Chicago, 2007’s Sky Blue Sky, and 2009’s Wilco (The Album).

In July Wilco’s Nels Cline told Express Night Out the band hadn’t renewed its contract with Nonesuch. The guitarist also revealed that Wilco was planning to start its own label.

Wilco has recently added a number of headline dates to its tour schedule to accompany the band’s May 5 appearance at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

The new dates include performances at Montgomery Performing Arts Centre in Alabama May 2; Saenger Theatre in Mobile, Ala., May 3; Verizon Wireless Theater in Houston May 6; University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, May 7; and Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, Okla., May 8.

In June Wilco headline and curate its second annual Solid Sound Festival. The event is set for June 24-26 at Mass Moca in North Adams, Mass.

Tweedy has also announced a round of solo North American tour dates. The trek features shows at Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto May 22; Olympia de Montreal in Quebec May 25; State Theatre in Portland, Maine, May 26; Capitol Theatre in Madison, Wis., March 28; and The Englert Theatre in Iowa City, Iowa, March 30.

Click here for Wilco’s official website.