Montreal Shows This Week: Father John Misty, Bad Uncle, Weatherman-Amir Amiri & More

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This week we’ve got a good mix of big shows, crazy parties and a few gravely voiced singer/songwriter references. Read on friends and find out what you’ll be doing this weekend.

Father John Misty

The big show of the week has got to be Joshua Tillman, a.k.a. Father John Misty who will be stopping by Metropolis tonight to bring his “Post-modern Self-reflexive Semi-Ironic Renunciation of Originality” to the stage. You have to love how musicians describe themselves.

The former member of Fleet Foxes, Saxon Shore and about ten other indie rock bands I’ve sort-of-kind-of-hear-of has been flying solo for a number of years now and his latest album (and title track) I Love You Honeybear has been met with widespread acclaim by both important critics and, more importantly, Me.

Mr. Misty nicely combines modern indie rock sounds with lyrics that have a Leonard Cohen-esque style of storytelling (gravely voiced singer/songwriter reference #1). This show should appeal to both the hipster and the hippie in you, so what are you waiting for!

Father John Misty plays Metropolis, Thursday, April 21st, 8pm (doors 6:30pm), $32 to 44. Tickets available through ticketmaster.

Mad Decent House Party

If you’re looking to start the weekend off early then head over to Newspeak tonight and catch Walshy Fire (of Major Lazer) Zubi and M. Bootyspoon who are performing as part of the event Mad Decent House Party.

Want to know more? Well lucky for you FTB recently sat down with organizer DL Jones for an exclusive Behind The Scene interview.

Walshy Fire, Zubi and M. Bootyspoon play Newspeak, 1403 Sainte Élisabeth, Thursday April 21st, 10:00pm, $15, 18+. Tickets available through Newspeak box office.

Bad Uncle-The Crooked Brothers-Speedy Johnson

Set to release their new album entitled Theodore this May, Montreal-based Bad Uncle takes to the Divan Orange stage this Friday to perform some of the new tracks.

According to the band, the new release promises to be “tales of hot tub massacre, parasite love and creatures hatched in the center of the Earth.” I would personally describe their previous recordings as “Tom Waits unsuccessfully trying to return soup at a deli while someone plays accordion in the corner” (gravely voiced singer/songwriter reference #2).

Author’s note: I love Tom Waits, accordions, most soups and some delis.

Supported by The Crooked Brothers and Speedy Johnson, who will be debuting his new video The Pleasure Loving King, this show is a must see for lovers of the local music scene.

Bad Uncle with openers The Crooked Brothers and Speedy Johnson perform at Divan Orange, 4234 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Friday, April 22, Doors 9pm, show 9:30pm, $10. Tickets at the door.

Weatherman-Amir Amiri

This week’s coolest band you’ve probably never hear of goes to Chicago based trio Weatherman who are set to hit Le Cagibi’s stage this Monday with local act Amir Amiri. Weatherman is pianist/vocalist Annie Higgins, drummer Jason Toth and Joshua Dumas on exploratory electronics. Add all that up and you get richly layered hypnotic music which doesn’t feel like it was made by only three people.

So far they’ve only released a handful of tracks, my favourite being a live version of the song Outlaw:

So if you want to hear more than their online catalog has to offer I guess you’ll have to get off your butt and head down to see them!

Weatherman and Amir Amiri play Le Cagibi, 5490 St Laurent , Monday, April 25th,

* Featured image of Bad Uncle: divanorange.org

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