Because Unfair Park likes to be helpful, especially toward our fellow indie-rock dorks and alternanerds, we'd like to inform you that today is a very special day: Tickets for both Sufjan Stevens' September 13 show at the Lakewood Theater and Wilco's October 12 concert at the Will Rogers Auditorium in Fort Worth go on sale this very afternoon. Wilco's are actually available right now on the band's Web site, but you can only get them there till Saturday morning, when they're going to be made available to the unwashed masses on Front Gate Tickets' Web site. So act now, lest you be stuck behind the jackass who only knows "Casino Queen" and screams for it between every other song.
Stevens' tix are going to be equally hard to come by; the dude's a sorta-messiah among those of us who go crazy-pants over rich, twee, banjo-filled pop operas about things like Casimir Pulaski, Carl Sandburg, the 1893 Chicago World's Fair and Superman. Tix for his September 12 show, which will feature opening act My Brightest Diamond, are available here on a very limited basis, and you will need to register before you're allowed to buy, just to prove you really care, since it is a fan site and all that. (No bandwagon-jumpers need apply, dig?) They go on sale at 1 p.m. today. So, ready, set... --Robert Wilonsky
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Jeff Tweedy, a cover of Randy Newman's "Political Science" (performed March 5, 2005, at the Vic Theatre in Chicago, Illinois)
Sufjan Stevens, "The Man of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts" (from the 2005 album Illinois)
Update: Wilco pre-sale has closed. Now you must wait till Saturday. Shame. And for those needing Sufjan help, go here for suggestions, then scroll down a little bit.