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Wolf Parade at Brooklyn Steel (October 21, 2017)

By Will Oliver, November 26th 2017

After returning to tour (we caught them at both Bowery Ballroom and Northside Festival) and an EP, Wolf Parade solidified their return this year with their new album Cry Cry Cry (released via Sub Pop). The album is a fine return to form for the band and it brought them back to us on October 21 for a packed performance at Brooklyn Steel.

Opening the show was New York’s very own Charly Bliss who we’ve seen a few times this year in support of their awesome debut offering Guppy (released via Barsuk Records). Their energetic performance featured many of the albums highlights as well as a few new songs as well, a hint that the band have no sign of slowing down.

There was a point in time where I was staring to give up hope that Wolf Parade would ever return, let alone release a new album that was not just passable, but an album that fits in proudly amongst the rest of their discography. The band are in top form as a live band and put their chops on full display at Brooklyn Steel to an adoring audience.

Now with four album it’s tough to find a balance of equality between each albums, no matter what a few songs that should be played are going to be left on the back-burner. But Wolf Parade did give us a fair share off all their best songs, with a good chunk coming from their still perfect debut album Apologies to the Queen Mary, all of which were particular highlights. One particular memorable moments from the show was when Spencer Krug confirmed that regular set closer “King Of Piss and Paper” from the new album was indeed about President Trump which only made their epic performance of it that much sweeter.

Find photos and the setlists for both Wolf Parade and Charly Bliss posted in the gallery below.

Charly Bliss:

Charly Bliss Setlist:

1. Percolator
2. Westermarck
3. Ruby
4. Urge to Purge
5. Scare U
6. New Song
7. New Song
8. Gatorade
9. Black Hole
10. DQ
11. Julia
12. Glitter
13. Love Me

Wolf Parade:

Wolf Parade Setlist:

1. Lazarus Online
2. Soldier’s Grin
3. Grounds for Divorce
4. You’re Dreaming
5. Valley Boy
6. Incantation
7. Fine Young Cannibals
8. Cloud Shadow on the Mountain
9. Flies on the Sun
10. Baby Blue
11. This Heart’s On Fire
12. I’ll Believe in Anything
13. Weaponized
14. King of Piss and Paper

Encore:

15. Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts
16. Shine a Light
17. Dinner Bells

Operators at Mercury Lounge (April 5, 2017)

By Will Oliver, April 9th 2017

Dan Boeckner is the Canadian Ty Segall (I’m aware that he’s been at it long before Ty), a man who won’t tire at all, constantly releasing new music with various projects, seemingly never taking a break. After the big-time return for Wolf Parade last year, he’s back at it with Operators, his electronic-rock band that also features multi-instrumentalist Devojka and drummer, Sam Brown.

A new Operators album is on the horizon via Last Gang Records, hinted by their new tour this year that saw them return to New York earlier this week to play a pair of shows at Rough Trade and Mercury Lounge, the latter of which was sold out and the one I caught.
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Tokyo Police Club at Bowery Ballroom (January 20, 2017)

By Will Oliver, February 14th 2017 — with 1 comment

In 2007, a young Canadian rock group named Tokyo Police Club came sprinting out of the gate with their energetic debut EP A Lesson In Crime. It’s been a full decade since then, and although Tokyo Police Club may not have reached the impossible expectations unfairly put on them back in ’07, they’ve since churned out a bunch of good albums and continue to chug on with the band throughout the years. It’s a rare bit of  longevity, when most bands that exploded on the blog scene with them have since perished.

They celebrated the 10th anniversary of A Lesson In Crime with a special tour that saw them play the EP in full, along with a set of new songs and old favorites, a full reflection of their career of sorts. The tour stopped into New York for a pair of shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg.

We caught the Bowery show on January 20, which featured an opening performance from the young but hot-rising Brooklyn band Charly Bliss. The young crowd was very much into their set of 90s-inspired grunge rock, and even had a section of the crowd in the front section moving. They’re set to release their debut album Guppy on April 21 via Barsuk Records.

Find photos of both their set and Tokyo Police Club’s posted below, along with TPC’s setlist.
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