Well it looks like those April showers brought May… urrrr more showers. Not to worry, there’s plenty of great stuff to do inside this weekend. Here’s two options for tonight and one for tomorrow for you to consider.
Jaimie Branch Quartet + Jane/KIN
Head over to La Vitrola tonight where Suoni Per Il Popolo and CKUT are putting on an evening of jazz music featuring trumpet player Jaimie Branch who is set to release her debut album Fly or Die today. Based in New York, by way of Chicago, Branch is known mostly for her improvised and experimental style of jazz.
Translation: a live concert is a great way to get to know her music. Any performance that isn’t fully scripted always has a certain type electricity flowing through it because you’re basically seeing something that’s unique to that moment.
Shana Falana + Abrdeen + Femme Accident
Over at Turbo Haüs tonight will be Kingston NY’s own Shana Falana, local act Femme Accident and Quebec City based Abrdeen who are having the Montreal leg of their launch party for their debut album Endless Nights and Dreamlike Mornings which came out on April 7th. Abrdeen describes themselves as “soft make-out rock” and if you give a few tracks a listen it’s obvious they know perfectly well how to define their sound.
If I had to pick one word to describe this lineup as a whole it would be dreamy. Expect a ton of reverb, laid back vocals and the constant feeling that you’re floating over top of the stage. A great all natural and perfectly legal way to feel nice and high.
Shana Falana, Abrdeen and Femme Accident play Turbo Haüs, 5011 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Friday, May 5th, 9:00pm, $10.
Black Salvia + Art the band + Ignatius + Calomine
Saturday night you can check out this week’s winner for coolest band name Art: The Band who will be bringing their mix of jazz, math rock, hip hop and about ten other genres I don’t know the names for to the Crobar stage. This Toronto based quintet has a sound all to their own and would be perfect for someone looking for a show that’s outside the mainstream.
Also on the bill are Black Salvia, Ignatius and Calomine making this quite the full evening of music. Considering you get to see four bands for only $5 this is our hands down show pick of the week for the financially challenged.
Black Salvia, Art the band, Ignatius and Calomine play Crobar, 1221 Crescent Street, Saturday, May 6th, 9:00pm, $5.
* Featured image of Art the Band via BandCamp
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