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Wolf Parade rocks the Commodore

Wolf Parade rocks the Commodore, originally uploaded by Mister Wind-Up Bird.

Janelle and I took in Wolf Parade at the Commodore Ballroom last night. I’m not in love with either of Wolf Parade’s full-lengths, but I love individual tracks on each. And after seeing them perform, I think I’d happily pick up a live album. Several tracks I’d given only a cursory listen on my iPod jumped out when I watched them on stage, and they sounded really tight as a band. The only downer was keyboardist-vocalist Spencer Krug passive-aggressively taunting the crowd between tracks — apparently the sight of a sold-out Commodore Ballroom cheering and having a good time wasn’t enough. And people did, indeed, seem to be having a good time, even if Vancouver really does seem to be too insecure to dance at indie neo-prog-rock concerts.