These acts have had their share of hype this year. But buzz is not a bad word when it comes to these highly acclaimed must-see musical acts at this year’s POP Montreal.
BRAIDS – Q with Jian Ghomeshi + BRAIDS + Patrick Watson
Sep. 26, 7 p.m. @ L’Olympia
Acclaimed Montreal-based band Braids released their first album Native Speaker in early 2011 and I pretty much haven’t stopped listening to it since. Lead singer Raphaelle Standell-Preston’s voice is mesmerizing, especially when combined with the dream-like melodies the band is known for. Their second album Flourish//Perish was released in August. It has a more introspective, mature feel as opposed to the sort of in-your-face lyrics and melodies of Native Speaker, but the music is as captivating as ever and I can’t wait to see it brought to life on stage.
Mozart’s Sister – The-Dream + Mozart’s Sister + Team Rockit
Sep. 27, 8 p.m. @ L’Olympia
When I first saw Mozart’s Sister live two years ago, I knew nothing about her. That quickly changed. Her energetic electro-pop songs combined with her fun and engaging personality won me over instantly. Her song “Single Status” from 2011’s Dear Fear has become my go-to song when I’m feeling overwhelmed and need a strong boost of energy. I’ve seen her twice again since that first time and I can guarantee that if you’re not a fan now, you will be by the end of the show.
Local Natives – Local Natives + Wild Nothing + Seoul
Sep. 27, 8 p.m. @ Metropolis :: Salle Dose.ca
Local Natives are a four-piece indie rock band from Los Angeles, California. Their second album Hummingbird was released in January 2013. It is a lot more dark and emotionally-charged than their first album, Gorilla Manor, from 2009. This could be in part due to the departure of their bass guitarist Andy Hamm between the two albums. It is clear that the remaining members have grown and the things they experienced in the years between albums are reflected in them.