Wolf Parade singer/songwriter Dan Boeckner and his wife, Alexei Perry, are a little crazy and lot in love -- and their tour-opening show as the Handsome Furs Friday night at New York City's Mercury Lounge proved it. The Canadian duo couldn't take their eyes -- or hands -- off each other while playing music trivia with the crowd and delivering the gritty guitar and club beats of their new album, Face Control, with the energy of a sugar-high six-year-old.
Vince Staples is hardly the ingratiating type. “Don’t shake my hands unless you passing payment,” instructs the redoubtable young’un on “C.M.B.,” a paean to ruthlessly mercenary, Randian capitalism. “Keep your salutation / I need my 40 acres.” This ice-grilling Left Coaster is more Mack 10 than Myka 9, a verbal marksman who refuses to placate… More »