Posted in music | pictures on September 26, 2010

words and photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Stars

Montreal's Stars and Virginia's Wild Nothing are the latest casualties of the hit or miss sound at Terminal 5. To be fair, Stars are just as culpable for the uneven show Friday night (9/24), especially considering their familiarity with the venue (they played there in 2008).

If you're going to play T5 then you need to play as many upbeat songs as possible. After starting well, Stars' first misstep was bringing out a bench to perform one of their fastest numbers, "Ageless Beauty", stripped down. Way down. The stripped down versions should be saved for intimate shows (like the one happening at Littlefield TONIGHT, Sunday, 9/26). Any momentum built to that point was gone and didn't return until a singalong of "Your Ex-Lover is Dead" which was the highlight of the show.

That was followed by a confusing and rambling pre-encore lecture about the use of the military, coming out over the PA. Then Amy Millan came out alone to start the 5-song encore with "Celebration Guns." Songs like "Big Fight" and "Going, Going, Gone" never made it into the 23-song set which was dissapointing since the dynamic between the soft-around the edges Millan and the ever-intense, way-over-the-top Torq Campbell is the centerpiece for Stars. They closed the show with "Changes". A picture of the full setlist is below.

Stars are a good band and spent a good part of the night thanking the appreciative crowd, tossing roses and petals into the crowd. Campbell reminded everyone that they were a New York band first. Hopefully on their subsequent trips "home" they opt for playing the cozier Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg on consecutive nights.

Wild Nothing opened the show, delivering a solid and business-like performance, though it was to a one-third capacity crowd in the echoey venue. More dates, including Littlefield tonight, HERE. More pictures and the setlist from the Terminal 5 show are below...

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Comments (9)

Best pictures I've seen on here in quite awhile. Very nice!

Posted by Taylor | September 26, 2010 7:05 PM

derp

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2010 9:49 PM

ELLO APPRECIATIVE
WOT PUNCHES

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2010 9:58 PM

beach fossils

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2010 10:22 PM

Amy is big enough for the gay guy to hide behind now.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2010 10:39 PM

Tonight's show at Littlefield had more variety in setlist. Sadly they did not play Elevator Love Song - my fave - tonight.

Posted by CNC | September 27, 2010 12:15 AM

Horrible 1st picture w/ that guy.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2010 1:05 AM

It was an incredible show thats for sure.

Posted by Christopher Beard | September 27, 2010 11:40 AM

Stars gave me free tickets to this show via answering a Facebook trivia question... Then took them right back the morning of the show due to a "computer glich" even though I was emailed personally. Awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 7:26 AM

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