Best electric guitar workout
Wilco's shift from alt-country, Americana rockers to experimental, amphitheater packers has been one of the most intriguing rock-and-roll makeovers of the past decade. Frontman Jeff Tweedy has helmed this gradual transformation and remains the band's driving force, but in concert, it's guitarist Nels Cline who most often provides the highlights. His long, winding and scorching solos are known to elicit mid-song standing ovations. Opener Lee Ranaldo also knows a thing or two about electric guitar freakouts. He's spent the past 30 years playing in Sonic Youth, a band that is arguably the greatest testament to the majesty and power of the electric guitar.
--David Malitz, June 1, 2012