Wolf Parade went on hiatus in 2011 and no one was sure they’d get the chance to see them again. Their fans knew these two Pickathon performances were rare, and that another hiatus could be right around the corner. So the diehards snagged a place up front and sang along with all the words and cheered every time they recognized the opening notes to a song, and moshed even though they might be getting a little too old for moshing.
Stories and photos from the Pickathon music festival in Happy Valley, Oregon.
Saturday was more spacious. The band played to the atmosphere of the forested Wood Stage and leaned into their proggier side. The band described their closer, Dinner Bells, as a lullaby and although it would have been impossible to fall asleep to the heavy, captivating squall of cascading guitars and synths reaching up beyond the trees, I did find myself lulled. I was lulled into a reflective mindset, thinking back to the places I had listened to the band and the people I had listened with, and all the way the music you love improves and embellishes your life. And it left me smiling right back at Dan and the boys.