Posted in music | pictures on July 14, 2010

photos by Vincent Cornelli, words by Rachel Kowal

Spencer & Dan
Wolf Parade
Wolf Parade

Zola Jesus' rise over the last year has been rather meteoric, and judging from her live performance, it isn't hard to see why the young artist has been the subject of so much hype. Even her name - Nika Roza Danilova - is commanding. Nika possesses (and I mean possesses) a rich, husky voice that boomed through the amps and powerfully resonated throughout the large space at Terminal 5.

Then there's her distinct aesthetic. Nika, now a platinum blonde, has a knack for theatrics. For Tuesday night's show, she wore a black cloak of sorts, complete with a large hood that effectively transformed her into a spectre when she pulled it on. At the beginning of her set, she paced slowly back and forth across the length of the stage, but with each song, her movements became more desperate and her hand motions, more exaggerated until the only thing left to do was to strike a dramatic pose.

The National's Matt Berninger sips chilled white wine and rushes the crowd during the more raucous songs. Nika Roza Danilova climbs on top of things and dramatically serenades the audience from on high. It seems to be her trademark. At last night's show, she perched atop an amp while singing the moody ballad, "Night."

Zola Jesus' music is a strange combination of subdued and melodramatic as if it can't quite decide what it wants to be, but maybe the point of interest lies in this stark contrast.

Mools
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If Zola Jesus has been inescapable in the blogosphere lately, Moools has been sorely underrepresented despite their connection to K Records and artists like Modest Mouse and Deerhoof. When the band's three slightly-older men walked on stage, they were treated somewhat skeptically by the audience, but with their live instruments, jovial (attempts at) banter, and heavier sound, the Japanese trio definitely altered the mood of the room and quickly captivated the audience. There are no gimmicks or bells and whistles here - just straight-up rock. Instead of being the focal point, Moools' vocals are used more for ornamentation and to offset the quieter portions of the music.

While Zola Jesus didn't break character once to address the audience between songs or even to crack a smile, Moools clearly seemed to be enjoying themselves on stage, and it reflected in their music. Their guitar player was shaking with energy - as if his mass of wild, curly hair provided him with an otherworldly power source. Not even an impromptu fire alarm during their last song could hold them back. They soldiered on, through the high-pitched whistle and the blinking white lights.

Last year, Wolf Parade's two chief members, Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner, each released albums with their side projects (Sunset Rubdown and Handsome Furs, respectively), but 2010 seems to be the year of the wolf. Their new album Expo 86 is arguably the most cohesive Wolf Parade album to date.

Wolf Parade are definitely pros at this point. They know how to put on a good show and how to engage the audience by keeping the banter to a minimum and letting the music speak for itself. When Boeckner or Krug spoke up at all, it was mostly to reiterate how thankful they were to be playing in NY. "A lot of bands say that playing in New York is something of a drag, but we've always had a blast playing here," said Krug.

Instead of relying on either their vocals or instrumentation, Wolf Parade excels at both. Krug and Boeckner keep things fresh by tag-teaming the vocal responsibility, and each of the four members adds a distinct flavor to the mix. It's normal for guitar solos to rock, but Wolf Parade also boasts some sick synth solos, as evidenced in the very first notes of their opening number, "Soldier's Grin."

Though the majority of their set consisted of songs from their new album, they also threw in a handful of older tunes, including, "Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts," "I'll Believe in Anything," and "Shine a Light." The energy may have swelled when they reach further back into their repertoire, but in general the crowd responded enthusiastically to old and new material alike. It was the new song "Cave-o-sapien" that initiated the crowd surfing - not something from Apologies to the Queen Mary.

Wolf Parade concluded their set with an impressive three-song encore that featured a song from each of their three albums. As if testing the patience of the Terminal 5 staff, they concluded with "Kissing the Beehive," a song so epic in scope that it's like a three-for-one deal.

As a testament to how hard the Montreal four-piece rocked, by the end of the night, band members and fans alike were dripping in sweat - despite the fact that the A/C was blasting. Terminal 5 may not be known for their sound system, but Wolf Parade somehow managed to conquer the challenges posed by such a large venue and came out shining.

Wolf Parade continue on tour, and can be found at the Pitchfork Festival this coming weekend. Their T5 setlist, more pictures and some videos, below...

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Wolf Parade- "In The Direction Of The Moon" live at Terminal 5 on 7/13/2010

Wolf Parade- "What Did My Lover Say?" (it always had to go this way) live at Terminal 5 on 7/13/2010

Wolf Parade - California Dreamer @ Terminal 5

Wolf Parade's Set list
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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Comments (48)

way to butcher the quote.

"bands say it's a drag playing nyc..."

***BOOING***

"and if you'll let me finish..."

"we've always had a blast..."

cmon!

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 10:37 PM

"Zola Jesus' rise over the last year has been rather meteoric, and judging from her live performance, it isn't hard to see why the young artist has been the subject of so much hype"

Please Rachel you sage explain her meteoric rise to us and all her hype. Because other than some nerdy indie rock kidS, NOBODY in the music world knows or gives a fuck about this chick. She registers a tiny blip on the music world map.

Seriously is this really the type of writing people settle for nowadays? Has it gotten this bad? I mean if you are on the fence about this, then this nugget should hopefully make you cry:

"Zola Jesus' music is a strange combination of subdued and melodramatic as if it can't quite decide what it wants to be, but maybe the point of interest lies in this stark contrast."


Oh cmon, where did you get your writing skills? Cliched University? No creativity in writing about music College?

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 10:40 PM

videos from the show here:

http://www.youtube.com/maestro416

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 10:54 PM

top 3 concerts i've ever been to. sound was great (big shocker) and kissing the beehive is the best closing song any band can continually roll out night after night.

Posted by dusty | July 14, 2010 10:58 PM

this show was insanely good. one of the best i'd seen in a long while.

only wish wolf parade played smaller venues, but kudos for their making it so large. very well deserved.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 11:05 PM

Three things, BV:
1. This writer sucks (Rachel Kowal).
2. "This Heart's On Fire" was played in between "Cave-o-Sapien" and "I'll Believe in Anything".
3. The song is called "Little Golden Age" and not "Little Gold Age".

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 11:13 PM

that was fuuuuun

Posted by sarah | July 14, 2010 11:14 PM

if it's any consolation (and it's not), at least rachel didn't force use of "eccentric" in this review.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 11:18 PM

wow you people are assholes. the review is fine and gave me a great picture of the show. I appreciate it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 11:29 PM

IT's so funny how people refuse to acknowledge how the internet is absolute make shit omelets of readers' attention spans. 10 years ago, Rachel's review would have been DEVOURED by people interested in this show.

But now, unless a review can be crammed into a 7 sentence blurb it's regarded as excess. You fucking pea brains represent the DEATH of the literate future.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 11:38 PM

Yeah, this review is swell. sorry everyone has gotta be such a penis.

Posted by mike | July 15, 2010 12:16 AM

This show was so good!I wish Wolf Parade didn't make themselves so rare, and I wish they were playing Siren

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2010 12:22 AM

The review is far from swell. But then again most of the people reading this blog are morons. The blind leading the blind for sure. 10 years ago Rachel's review would not have been visible anywhere you twit 11:38. She is not a real writer or one with any ability whatsoever.

Oh and have to also make mention of the "sound was great"(T5 sound was great LOL) "one of the best concert ever" dummies.

all of you right now. TO THE IDIOT MOBILE.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2010 12:22 AM

Care to offer your own insights 12:22? Or are you just content on shitting on everyone else without actually making an actual point?

Posted by mike | July 15, 2010 12:29 AM

mike @ 12:29, by even acknowledging 12:22, you're just feeding a miserable troll

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2010 12:34 AM

The interweb kills more brain cells then my ketamine binge of 1996.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2010 12:36 AM

@12:22

did you even go to the concert? i'm guessing no. i'm also guessing you'll retort with some hyperbolic nonsensical rambling akin to a "no i didn't go to the stupid concert because wolf parade, like all bands that anyone likes, is shitty and crappy and i'm so much better than all of everybody and this should be made clear to said everybody because i will comment on everything i hate and never like anything in my entire life because my dad is a stupid tightwad a-hole who won't pay for my 3000 dollar per month apartment in williamsburg anymore and my mom is fucking her personal trainer and yada yada yada and so forth"

Posted by dusty | July 15, 2010 12:37 AM

man bv has been swirling in a pool of negativity the last few days worse than it has ever seen before...just vicious...

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2010 12:43 AM

Not one "much better at Webster" or back in the day comment. For good reason: by far the best show this band has played in NYC. They ditch the side projects and stay focused on this, and they're as big as Arcade and Phoenix. A few small club shows to stoke it wouldn't hurt, either; agreed with the comment about their infrequent full WP visits.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2010 12:57 AM

yeah, i hate this terminal 5 every other summer routine...not enough and too shitty a venue. they're the ones laughing though, how much do they take away from shows like these? 20K?

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2010 1:45 AM

T's so funny how people refuse to acknowledge how the internet is absolute make shit omelets of readers' attention spans. 10 years ago, Rachel's review would have been DEVOURED by people interested in this show.

But now, unless a review can be crammed into a 7 sentence blurb it's regarded as excess. You fucking pea brains represent the DEATH of the literate future.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 11:38 PM

Wow hold on there before you cry wolf.
This is not philosophy, political science, or English literature. Its a damn pop indie band that has lots of pomp and self importance.
Sure Zola JESUS may be a great act by some, but look at the hypnotized lemmings in the front row fawning over the new indie starlet.

For example:
?? Then there's her distinct aesthetic. Nika, now a platinum blonde, has a knack for theatrics. For Tuesday night's show, she wore a black cloak of sorts, complete with a large hood that effectively transformed her into a spectre when she pulled it on. At the beginning of her set, she paced slowly back and forth across the length of the stage, but with each song, her movements became more desperate and her hand motions, more exaggerated until the only thing left to do was to strike a dramatic pose.


OK.
Isn't that just a little over the top?
Yes theres nothing left to do but strike a pose.
Transformed into a spectacle of LOOK AT ME ME.
You would think she has 30 years of music behind her and she can make you levitate.

Thats the difference between the self entitled three year old groups today compared to ones from the actual independent music past (and some present) who pay their dues and have something unique about them.

And please stop calling yourself experimental when thats far from the truth.
Magma is experimental and the Residents could be called that. Even Grace Jones could more easily be called experimental.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2010 2:42 AM

Show of the year. Amazing that these guys couldn't sell out T5, while Arcade Fire sells out MSG. Mind boggling.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2010 7:06 AM

Loved the Moools' harmonica bit, classic.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2010 7:09 AM

This show was amazing, danced my ass off next to a bunch of wallflowers but am sure they were taking it in in their way.

I think the review is fine, she just missed the bit of Spencer being a little buzzed which was a great confession, but also added the fire alarm thing which was news to me, let's face it reviewing a show that is this amazing is hard to do, words just fall short. Don't listen to naysayers Rachel! Great pictures too, Vicente.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2010 8:04 AM

I can't believe more than half of the posts in this thread are comments about the review rather than the show. Some of you people are just juvenile twats.

The show was great. I'm sorry I missed Zola. Mools were very interesting. The vocals were kinda annoying, but the music was solid...really solid. As someone above said, that harmonica bit was the best. All the preparation and anticipation only to play one irrelevant (yet crucial) note. Brilliant.

Wolf Parade are peaking right now. Expo 86 is a fantastic album from start to finish. I like it more than Zoomer. The band sounded great. Dan and Spencer are such a perfect contrast. They are a rare combination.

Finally, a big, big salute to the crowd, who were awesome and super-energetic. It sucks if some of the little girls were a bit trampled at the beginning, but Wolf Parade deserves to play to a crowd showing so much enthusiasm.

Posted by Dan | July 15, 2010 9:43 AM

Wolf Parade was awesome - the sound was surprisingly good, considering it was at T5. One of the best shows I've been to in a long time.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2010 9:43 AM

Totally agree, this writer and this review belong back in college. BV, was this a favor to someone? Jesus, and yes, I'd rather debate the sorry state of "music journalism" vs. seeing another "great show, ok sound" thread ad nauseam.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2010 10:21 AM

someone is a pretentious fuck. do you think putting yourself on a high horse by commenting on a brooklyn music blog makes you better than the other 'morons'? get lost.

the review is good. its the best thing i've read about ZJ so far.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2010 10:30 AM

Indeed, the writing is rather sophomoric.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2010 10:38 AM

The show was good, but not nearly the best show Wolf Parade has played in NYC. Come on. Their pacing/tempo was repeatedly off - for example, in Cloud Shadow when Arlen came in too soon and Spencer shot him a death glance or a few songs earlier when Dan messed up and Spencer had to go comfort him.

There is no question they're a fantastic band. But calling this a great show is sort of ridiculous. They were better at Warsaw, they were better at Terminal 5 in 2008, they were better at Wellmont - and those are just the recent shows.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2010 10:50 AM

Their new album is pretty unspectacular. Dance beats and throw-away lyrics. It sounds like Franz Ferdinand minus big choruses.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2010 10:50 AM

@second 10:50

Nothing on Expo 86 sounds anything like Franz Ferdinand. Try listening to the album.

@first 10:50

I actually agree with this. They were great Tuesday night, but they've been better. I think they miss Hadji. He gave some of the songs, particularly the Boeckner songs, some added depth that was definitely missing at this show.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2010 10:54 AM

and I'm sorry a pretty good band such as Wolf Parade has to attract such pseudo intellectual nitwits.

Posted by 10:30 | July 15, 2010 10:58 AM

@10:50

have you ever heard franz ferdinand???

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2010 11:15 AM

"The National's Matt Berninger sips chilled white wine and rushes the crowd during the more raucous songs."

Interesting that he was also playing a show in France on the same night...

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2010 11:41 AM

"Oh cmon, where did you get your writing skills? Cliched University?"

Criticizing someone's writing as cliched by using a sarcastic '[blank] University' cliche? Very meta. I assume you got your writing skills at Cliched Cliched University? Ziiiiiinnnnngggggg!

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2010 11:56 AM

as a commenter without an agenda, i would have to say the review sounds like it was written by someone still going through college. no biggie

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2010 12:55 PM

I think the use of dual cliched usage cancels eachother out making it no longer cliche. Zzzzziiiiinnnng

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2010 12:55 PM

Not nearly their best show in NYC. Warsaw and Terminal 5 in '08 were better and even the last Sunset Rubdown and Handsome Furs shows topped this. The new songs may sound more cohesive as a group but to me they appear to be lacking in soul.

The uptempo nature of the new songs also seemed to cause the band to speed up when reaching into their back catalogue. Sons and Daughters and I'll Believe in Anything were noticeably hurried. This was very disappointing in light of the fact they didn't play that much off Apologies. This Heart's on Fire and California Dreamin' were the only two older songs that seemed to work at the faster tempos.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2010 2:20 PM

@2:20 nailed it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2010 3:32 PM

Expo 86 is an excellent album. Amazing tight band...they still do it DYI.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2010 6:50 PM

Again they are self important and have no history to even boast around as Zola Jesus do so relax and read your comments about how you hate the other comments.
It's sad because you go on to say the had annoying vocals and this and that but dont address the pompousness of this band and bloated review.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2010 7:22 PM

Pay no attention to the haters Rachel. The review was great and was very nice recap for someone not able in the city and make it to the show at T5.

I devour everything Wolf Parade, and missing this tour of theirs makes me very sad.

Posted by Otto | July 15, 2010 10:48 PM

I was at this show, and am even pictured in the front row of " hypnotized lemmings in the front row fawning over the new indie starlet"... with my head down. yes, zola jesus' performance was THAT good...

I was overcome with relief and joy and uptempo beats when Moools came on. They actually played instruments, PERFORMED, and were utterly entertaining. even my friend turned to me after their set and said, "I would have come just to see them. They were THAT good"
Agreed.

Wolf parade was fantastic! at one point, when Wold Parade was playing "In the direction of the Moon", THIS was when I felt the crowd become completely hypnotized, as Spencer's silhouette was illuminated by the spotlights behind him and engulfed by the music. except I couldn't dance as much as I would have like to- I was constantly being squished into the front wall and rubbed up against by a tipsy and unsteady voluptuous women.

I Never felt the crowd feel anything remotely close to a compulsion to dance during Zola Jesus' questionable musical performance, which quite frankly, lacked any passion aside from the lead singer. This lead their set to be very awkward and quite boring. Girl can sing though, i'll give her that.

Posted by JC | July 16, 2010 9:05 AM

- Zola Jesus was seriously awful. Like Light Asylum awful.

- Mools were great. I particularly enjoyed the fact that the only thing the lead knew how to say in english was "buy our merch". Fun stuff.

- Wolf Parade is stellar as always. I agree 100% w/ @2:20's analysis.

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2010 9:35 AM

Wow, if that wasn't nearly Wolf Parade's best show in NYC, then I sure wish I was at those 2008 shows! They must have been damn near spiritual!

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2010 10:16 AM

@2:20, nailed it.

ZJ was a huge disappointment. She herself sounded fucking amazing, but the band was awkward, off time in several very noticeable places, and just looked and sounded bored. And that kinda threw her whole set. The dark creepy vibe from her studio stuff was gone.

Mools sucked super hard. Throwaway jamband riffing, snorefest 2010. Seemed like really nice dudes though, I'd get drunk and try to communicate in English with them (and fail) any time. Stage banter was cute but very close to incomprehensible.

Wolf Parade basically were great. Good energy in T5, though of course >95% of people barely moved through, but it's a bowery venue, so, to be expected. All in all, always great to see WP again.

I get the feeling everyone saying this is "the best/one of the best shows I've ever seen" probably doesn't see many shows. I don't even mean to be a dick - WP sounded mostly great, esp for T5, but I've seen plenty of shows, including several Wolf Parade shows, better than this.

Review was somewhat middling, but seriously, who does good concert writeups anyway? No one. So who cares.

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2010 2:54 PM

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