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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

Wolf Parade at McCarren Park (June 9, 2016)

By Anthony Bauer, October 22nd 2016 — with 1 comment

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Hot off the heels of their 5 night comeback run at The Bowery Ballroom, Wolf Parade returned back to New York City for the official kickoff and first night of the 2016 Northside Festival in Brooklyn. We were there for the first night of their Bowery show (which was everything you could have wanted, and more), so getting to see Wolf Parade twice in the span of a few weeks was an absolute treat.

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The band kicked things off with “You Are A Runner And I Am My Father’s Son,” the stellar opening track off their debut Apologies To The Queen Mary which then segued immediately into “Fancy Claps.”  If there ever was a way to kick a show off, that was it – the 1, 2 punch of those two songs really set the tone for the rest of the night.  The 15-song set was chock full of the hits and even the new songs from their self titled EP which came out earlier this year.  One might have been worried that the new material might not fit seamlessly into their set, but it fit perfectly.

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The night was absolutely beautiful by the way, quite the picturesque way for Wolf Parade to return back to New York (yet again), and the band certainly was thankful for the turnout.  Guitarist Dan Boeckner even acknowledged how busy it was by proclaiming, “I think this is the biggest crowd we’ve played for in New York in a long time.” which got a massive roar from the crowd. “Thank you” he kept repeating throughout the night when really, we should be thanking them for being back because boy did we miss them.

For the setlist and more photos, see below:

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Wolf Parade at Bowery Ballroom (May 17, 2016)

By Will Oliver, September 10th 2016 — with 3 comments

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Wolf Parade will always hold a special place in my heart, as the release of their classic debut album Apologies to the Queen Mary, I discovered the world of indie rock and online music discussion and music blogs. So you could definitely attribute the start of this blog to them and that amazing record.

It goes one step further, as the first show I got offered to officially photograph was their performance at Terminal 5 in 2010. Back then I never even considered that I could possibly be a photographer in the front of the crowd officially allowed to take photographs. I didn’t even own a professional camera. But again, Wolf Parade found a way to once again quite literally change the course of my life.
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Dan Boeckner

Last week former Wolf Parade member Dan Boeckner’s new band (in addition to Divine Fits and Handsome Furs) Operators (read more about them here) played a show during Canadian Music Week 2014.

During the show the band brought out Japandroids to join them as Dan led them all through Wolf Parades “This Heart’s On Fire.” This is probably the cloest thing we will get to hearing anything from Wolf Parade for now, so it’s cool to see, especially considering Japandroids are involved as well.

Watch the performance below.
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Just a few days ago I posted about Dan Boeckner’s band Handsome Furs breaking up. Maybe Divine Fits, his new band with Britt Daniel of Spoon and Sam Brown of New Bomb Turks, has something to do with it.

The trio will release their debut album later this year via Merge Records. Nick Launay produced it. The band tweeted the following message today:

This duo makes sense. When I saw Spoon perform at Radio City back in 2012, Dan came out and they performed a cover of Wolf Parade’s “Modern World”. Find the video below.
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Wolf Parade Go On Indefinite Hiatus

By Will Oliver, December 1st 2010 — with 1 comment

After seeing Wolf Parade at Terminal 5 with my friends Jason and Shane, I remember telling them that (unfortunately) Wolf Parade would probably go on hiatus soon. Knowing how involved they are with other projects, I had a feeling that it was coming.

Wolf Parade are one of my favorite bands, so I hoped that they would prove me wrong and keep on going strong. Unfortunately the band has announced (through their fan site) that after a small run of tours next year, that they are going to take an indefinite hiatus.

I wouldn’t worry too much. I think Wolf Parade will always be around. It’s just that everyone in the band is just so busy. Spencer’s always got Sunset Rubdown, and Dan has Handsome Furs, who are working on their new album this January (according to Spinner).

So hang tight Wolf Parade fans. Hopefully the wait won’t be long until we get some new Wolf Parade to chew on.

I had no idea that Wolf Parade had two new songs out as a single on itunes. This makes sense though, as the band said they originally had enough material to make Expo 86 a double album. They didn’t do that, but that doesn’t mean the songs won’t see the light of day.

The band quietly put two new singles up for sales on itunes. The first is a Spencer song, “Semi-Precious Stone”. It’s a funkier song that may or may not have worked on the album. Still debating on that. It’s got Spencer’s cool quirky nature all over it. Really good tune. “Agents Of Love” is a typical frantic rocker from Dan. It’s another solid tune, but it probably wouldn’t have fit on the album.

You can check out a live performance of “Semi-Precious Stone” below:

You can purchase the songs from iTunes right now.

Wolf Parade @ Terminal 5 (July 13th, 2010)

By Will Oliver, July 14th 2010 — with 3 comments

It’s been two years since I’ve seen Wolf Parade live. The last time I saw them it was at Terminal 5. Probably the worst venue in New York City. When they announced 2010 tour dates, Terminal 5 had booked them again. I hate the venue with a passion (usually bad sound, very very very unfriendly security, horrible design), but I wasn’t going to miss Wolf Parade’s only NYC stop.

After purchasing a hilarious Wolf Parade t-shirt, I looked and realized Spencer Krug himself was chilling behind the merch table. I was so surprised I couldn’t really do much more than shake his hand and say it was nice to meet him. A really kind guy. Seems pretty shy himself. You gotta love it.

The first opener was Zola Jesus, a favorite of the ‘fork. They played minimalistic electronic music that was based around Nika Danilova’s strong vocals. They sorta reminded me of Portishead. It wasn’t too exciting of a set, but I think I’d personally enjoy her music more on record than I would live. That’s just me though.

The second opener was Moools. I’d never heard of the band and no idea what to expect. When they stepped on stage, it’s safe to say I wasn’t the only one who was completely caught off guard.

Up on stage were three middle aged Japanese men. The guitarist/singer had huge hair, and looked like he was ready to rock the fuck out. Their first song took some time to build, leaving the crowd in suspense of what was to come, but once they started to kick out the jams, everyone was having fun. You couldn’t understand a thing the lead singer said, but it didn’t matter. The music was more than enough to satisfy. It was a mix of every rock and roll genre. Killer guitar riffs, timely percussion, and groovy bass-lines. These guys rocked, and I am totally going to grab some tunes by them later. Their English seemed to clean up when they mentioned they had t-shirts & cd’s were on sale. Hysterical.

Wolf Parade came on at about 10:40 after setting up their own gear (much respect). They opened with “Soldier’s Grin”, which got a huge ovation from the crowd. One thing I noticed is that Wolf Parade have a large dedicated fan base that are not afraid to show their love. The band wasted no time kicking into a heavy version “What Did my Lover Say? (It Always Had To Go This Way)”. Wolf Parade impressed me greatly the last time I saw them, but somehow they took it to the next level. The band absolutely elevated each song to a new level. From “Dear Sons and Daughters” to “Cave-O-Sapien”, the band sounded ace. Dan and Spencer worked off each other, finding ways to improve each others game. “Fine Young Cannibals” was simply monstrous live. The band played it with more oomph then ever before.

The band didn’t find any time to slow down (it seemed like they were playing songs extra fast), spitting out all the fan favorites like “This Heart’s On Fire”. Their performance of “I’ll Believe In Anything” was a legendary performance. Everyone around me was singing their hearts out well aware of how special the song truly is. The band threw in “California Dreamer”, which was a really, really, pleasant surprise.

With “Cloud Shadow On The Mountain” & “Shine A Light” as the first two songs of the encore, any fan could have left happy. But after the devastatingly epic performance of “Kissing The Beehive”, every fan left seeing an actual encore. Not many words can describe how powerful it was last night.

Usually Terminal 5 suffers from horrible sound, but Wolf Parade sounded pretty close to perfect last night. Maybe the sound still sucked, but Wolf Parade are so good they still found a way to get around it. If you are even a moderate fan of Wolf Parade, you need to see this band live. They truly take every single song to the next level live. The songs are tighter, louder, and played with extra heart. Recordings don’t do them justice, at all.

Setlist:

Soldier’s Grin
What Did my Lover Say? (It Always Had To Go This Way)
Palm Road
Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts
Ghost Pressure
In the Direction of the Moon
Fine Young Cannibals
Cave-o-Sapien
This Heart’s on Fire
I’ll Believe in Anything
Little Golden Age
California Dreamer
Pobody’s Nerfect

Encore:
Cloud Shadow on the Mountain
Shine A Light
Kissing the Beehive

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