Montreal Music Shows This Week: Velvet Noise, The Olympic Symphonium, Dany Laj and the Looks, Sofi Tukker and more

The weather actually feels consistently warm and the streets of Montreal are alive with people. What a great time to check out some live music in town, so let’s jump right in:

Sound of Melancholy

Montreal’s own Velvet Noise is set to take the stage this week. The band released its first album three years ago to critical acclaim. Since then, they have tirelessly toured Eastern Canada and nearby New England.

And it’s been a journey. Managing doubts. Dealing with lots of emotions. Lots of ups, lots of downs. Growing as musicians and as individuals. And above all persevering through the struggle we call life.

The result: five brand new songs of trendy indie pop-rock. They’ve got a melancholic vibe channeling the spirit of Snow Patrol and Radiohead but with musical complexity a la Mutemath and Half Moon Run.

So come see them for an intimate experience at Casa as they celebrate the launch of their second album, one that is certain to make a stir.

Velvet Noise launch their second EP at Casa del Popolo, 4873 Boul St-Laurent, Thursday, April 26, 8:30pm. FREE

A Celebration Of All Things Folk

Blowing in from New Brunswick this week is four-piece folk band The Olympic Symphonium. The hardworking band has been paying their dues since 2005 and have developed their own unique sound.

All four members contribute to the songwriting process tackling real life issues like the complexity of family life, the inevitability of death, the mundanity of life on the road, and struggles with mental illness.

Opening act Eva Foote will gift the crowd with folk songs she dedicates “for the shy, strange and nostalgic.”

The Olympic Symphonium perform with Eva Foote at Casa del Popolo, 4873 Boul St-Laurent, Sunday, April 29, 9pm. Tickets are $12 in advance available through Blue Skies Turn Black or $15 at the door

A Night Of Reverie

Power pop trio Dany Laj And the Looks will stroll into Barfly this week to offer their mix of rock/folk/country infused music that has that unmistakable 70s power pop vibe with plenty of Joie De Vivre. They will be celebrating the release of their freshest single Left Right To One which you will be able to buy as a digital download or vinyl record.

Les Envahisseurs will be on the bill bringing their energetic garage rock to the scene. This band has played all over Canada, United States and Japan sharing the stage with prominent acts such as The Lyres, The Love Me Nots, and The 5,6,7,8s.

This quirky band has great stage presence, and intelligent lyrics to boot. And there will be go go dancing.

Completing the bill will be Waveyard which mixes a blend of 60’s spy movie rock alongside garage instrumental surf.

Dany Laj and the Looks & Les Envahisseurs & Waveyard perform at Barfly, 4062A Boul St-Laurent, Friday, April 27, 9pm. $10 at the door

Jungle Pop Comes To Montreal

“An insatiable dance collection of jungle-pop songs with many well-executed nods towards Brazilian instruments, poets and to the national language, Portuguese.”

-Paste Magazine

New York based duo Sofi Tukker grace the stage in Montreal this week showcasing their unique dance music that has made waves on the US pop dance charts. The duo has had their music championed by Apple and PlayStation.

Apple used their single Best Friend in their commercial for the Iphone X. Playstation 4 also used it in the soundtrack for their game Fifa 18. And their songs Drinkee has been nominated for a Grammy.

The House/EDM outfit will be showcasing songs from their newest release Treehouse freshly released 2 weeks ago.

Sofi Tukker perform with Kah-Lo and LP Giobbi at Théâtre Corona, 2490 Notre-Dame Ouest, Friday, April 27, 8pm. Tickets are $32.90 and available through Evenko

* Featured image of Velvet Noise via Indie Montreal

* Know a band or an artist that should be featured in Shows This Week? Maybe a show FTB should cover, too? Let us know at music@forgetthebox.net. Our week goes from Thursday to Wednesday, so let us know by the preceding Sunday, though not too much in advance, or you may get lost in the shuffle. We can’t be everywhere and can’t write about everything, but we do our best!

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