ROGER WILCO

THANKS TO JEFF TWEEDY AND WILCO, YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE EMBARRASSED TO LIKE COUNTRY ROCK ANYMORE.

If Tweedy harbors ill feelings toward his former songwriting partner, they certainly haven't affected his relationship with the rest of his bandmates. A few months after the breakup, Tweedy and the remaining Tupelo players entered the studio and recorded several demos for songs that wound up on A.M. According to Tweedy, keeping the group together after Farrar's departure seemed like the next logical step. "When Jay left, everyone expressed the same sort of thing--like, `Well, does this mean we all have to quit? Does this mean we can't play together?' And I was kind of looking at everybody and thinking, `No, it doesn't have to be that way at all.'"

After coming up with a new name, the Wilcos got to work writing fresh tunes, some of which Tweedy hopes to introduce to audiences during the band's current tour. "We just want to keep on playing and touring and learn as much material as we can as we go," he reveals. "Then we're going to turn into the Grateful Dead and never make any more records." He pauses a beat before adding, "Not really. Actually, everybody is really excited about the whole thing at this point.

"The approach we've stumbled onto is to stop not giving a shit and start caring more," he concludes. "The important thing is that everybody is happy and everybody is more communicative with each other. It's turned into this really grotesque boys' club."

And no Burritos allowed.
Wilco, with Kevin Salem. 9 p.m., Tuesday, May 23, Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder, $8.40, 447-0095 or 830-

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