The Wrens

The New Jersey quartet's Parish set started off deceptively gently, with bassist Daniel Whelan sitting at the piano and singing, while guitarist/vocalist Charles Bissell created blissful noises. The rest of the band gradually joined in as they launched into a radically changed-up version of the Meadowland's "This Boy is Exhausted,” proving themselves to be anything but. The truly goose bump-inducing performance by these "elder statesmen” saw them jumping about like rockers half their age, especially Whelan, whose violent pogoing and wild microphone shenanigans were especially invigorating.