Concert Reviews

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

Phoenix at College Street Music Hall (October 15, 2017)

By Will Oliver, November 26th 2017

This year French rockers Phoenix returned with their sugar-coated new album Ti Amo, which was released via Glassnote Records.

Their lone New York date came when they headlined Governors Ball over the summer and it doesn’t seem like they will be back here until possibly next year for a proper headlining date of their own. But I couldn’t pass up a chance to see them just a few hours away at College Street Music Hall, which was a pretty intimate chance to see Thomas Mars and company do their thing.
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Future Islands at Brooklyn Steel (October 12, 2017)

By Will Oliver, November 24th 2017

On October 12 Future Islands wrapped their sold out three-night run at Brooklyn Steel in support of their album The Far Field, which was released this Spring via 4AD. It also was the last show of their North American tour.

I last caught them much earlier in the year when they did a last minute show at Bowery Ballroom where they gave us a taste of the new songs that would make up The Far Field for the first time. Since then, they have been touring the new material non-stop across the country and various festivals, and at this point are operating like a well-oiled machine.
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Pinback at Irving Plaza (October 8, 2017)

By Will Oliver, November 23rd 2017

I’ve been a fan of Pinback ever since teenage me discovered “Fortress” because of it’s inclusion in The O.C. I had tried to catch them live countless times, but it never quite worked out and it didn’t help that they have basically stopped touring for the past few years.

But I finally got my chance on October 8 when the duo of Rob Crow and Armistead Burwell Smith IV returned to New York for a performance at Irving Plaza to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their album Autumn of the Seraphs.
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Hundred Waters returned this year as a three-piece, with multi-instrumentalist Paul Giese leaving the group following the release of their excellent sophomore album The Moon Rang Like A Bell. Now it’s just Nicole Miglis, Trayer Tryon and Zach Tetreault holding down the fort, releasing their new album Communicating (via Skrillex’s OWSLA).

It’s both a step into new territory for the band but also still has all the familiar elements that make the band such a unique force of nature. They brought the tour in support of the album to Brooklyn on October 7 for a performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg (where I saw them in 2015), featuring opening performances from the Kelsey Lu (who honestly blew me away), Lafawndah.

Find more photos of all three performances posted below, along with Hundred Waters setlist.

Lafawndah:

Kelsey Lu:

Hundred Waters:

Hundred Waters:

1. Communicating
2. Fingers
3. Jewel In My Hands
4. Particle
5. Wave to Anchor
6. Cavity
7. Parade
8. Show Me Love
9. Currency
10. At home & in my head
11. Re:
12. Murmurs
13. Blanket Me

Encore:

14. Boreal
15. Mushroom Cloud

The National at Forest Hills Stadium (October 6, 2017)

By Will Oliver, November 23rd 2017

It will be hard to find many best of lists that don’t include Sleep Well Beast, the latest from the ever reliable The National. The band break free from “their formula’ and explore new avenues that are rich and rewarding. We saw them perform the album in full twice this year, first over the summer at Basilica Hudson and then the day of release at Bowery Ballroom.
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