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[LIVE REVIEW] Wolf Parade at Variety Playhouse, 11/12/2010 (setlist)

Review, more pics, and the setlist after the jump.

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This week’s shows (11/8/2010-11/14/2010)

Wolf Parade at Pitchfork Festival 2010


Monday (11/8/2010): Tonight’s two best bets are on very different ends of the musical spectrum.  If good-natured, slightly dancey indie-pop is your thing, and you’ve never found either “twee” or “saccharine” to be a valid insult, Freelance Whales and Miniature Tigers at the Drunken Unicorn is where you need to be.  That’s totally not meant as a diss, it’s just descriptive – both bands are sugary and sincere, and that rubs some people the wrong way.  The kind of people, for instance, that will probably be at 529 for the thrash metal of Wolves & Jackals, Phalanx, and Brooklyn’s Wizardry.  That one’s free.

Tuesday (11/9/2010): Does anyone else find it strange that Os Mutantes is second billed to Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti?  I know the latter is a pretty big deal in indie circles, but I thought the seminal Brazilian psych-rockers were bigger than that.  I’m also pretty surprised that this combo got bumped down from Variety Playhouse to The Earl.  It’s probably guaranteed a sellout now, so get your tickets in advance.  Magic Kids open.  The other big show tonight is DJ Shadow at The Loft.  I paid for similarly expensive tickets to see him with Cut Chemist on the 45s tour a couple years back, and I left that show somewhat disappointed.  It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t $35 good, either.  Just a little dull.  It seems like he’s amped things up for this tour, though, as he will apparently be performing inside the Shadowsphere, a 3D structure that will be accompanied by custom visuals.  On a smaller note, psych/improv Texans Smoking Spore will be at Eyedrum with local act The Subliminator, who combines “spoken word, proccessed vocals and optical theremins.”  From what I can tell, it sounds like Tom Waits’ spoken word tracks mashed up with 20 Jazz Funk Greats-era Throbbing Gristle, and I like both of those things very much.

Wednesday (11/10/2010): You can catch the kinda mathy Maps & Atlases with the very mathy Tera Melos at The Masquerade.  Nostalgia circuit mainstays Social Distortion will be at The Tabernacle with Lucero (who are always worth seeing live).  Montreal’s Land of Talk (who are by all accounts an amazing live band) will play The Earl with Suuns.  And locally, indie-poppers Night Driving in Small Towns headline the Drunken Unicorn with support from Schooner and Wages.

Thursday (11/11/2010): Bonobo brings his downtempo/trip-hop thing to the Masquerade with Tokimonsta in support.  You also can catch Glen Iris, The Shepherds, The Bums, and Ricer for free at Star Bar.  The best option, though, is probably the sludgy guitar/drums metal of Jucifer at The Earl, with excellent support from Doomsayer and WYMYNS PRYSYN.

Friday (11/12/2010): Deep breath…Priestess/Naam/Hex Machine at the Drunken Unicorn (metal), Sons of Tonatiuh/The Vaginas/Hollow Leg at 529 (also metal), Nuclear Power Pants/Bermuda Triangles/Buffalo Bangers at Eyedrum (Wham City costumed art-punks and other weirdness), Black Mountain/The Black Angels at The Earl (stoned sounds of the ’60s and ’70s), Young Orchids/Young Hines/Wives at Star Bar (proto-punk/glam sounds of the ’60s and ’70s).  And then at Variety Playhouse there’s big time indie rockers Wolf Parade, who put out a curiously underrated album this year that confirms that their much-hyped, much-loved debut was no fluke.

Saturday (11/13/2010): NYC (by way of Japan) comic book punks Peelander-Z team up with local superhero themed band The Falcon Lords for a show that’s sure to be heavy on goofy theatrics and audience participation.  Tokyo’s Tsu Shi Ma Mi Re also play.  Should be fun.  Also on Saturday:  Eyedrum is hosting their 2nd Annual Earball, and there’s a bunch of people playing, The Back Pockets, Magicicada, and Wowser Bowser among them.  It looks like a pretty diverse lineup.  Check out the whole list here.

Sunday (11/14/2010): Don’t burn out by the end of the week, because Sunday night’s got one of the month’s most promising shows.  Brooklyn’s Bear in Heaven (a group of Georgia transplants) headline The Earl.  They’re still touring behind their 2009 breakout album Beat Rest Forth Mouth and its recently released companion, Beast Rest Forth Mouth: Remixed.  Their thick, anthemic synth-rock should kill in a room the size of The Earl.  They’re playing with Cloudland Canyon, who traffic in druggy krautrock revivalism, and Sun Airway, who play pleasantly low-key, head-in-the-clouds synth-pop.

I got a little long-winded this week.  Sorry.

Pitchfork Festival 2010 (review and pictures)

Lightning Bolt

Big Boi

Titus Andronicus

General thoughts on the festival and more pictures below.

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Music Reviews, Week of 6/2/2010 (part 1)

New reviews today, project type stuff tomorrow.  Part 2 will have some country, some classic rock, and another local review (which should have been up today, but I want to listen to it another time).  As always, the 2010 albums list has been updated.  Today we have:

The Melvins – The Bride Screamed Murder

This Piano Plays Itself – As the House…

Wolf Parade – Expo 86

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