Get out there and see these shows this week!

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

Radio Radio + Dead Obies + Beat Market @ Université de Montréal (Place de la Laurentienne)

Starts at 7 p.m., free.

Alex Pelchat, Eric Lewis, John Heward & friends @ La Poêle

Alex Pelchat is a Montreal experimental musician. Even if you don’t recognize the name, you may be familiar with many of the projects he has a hand in. He plays in Drøm Før Du Dør, *Shining Wizard* and Gens Chrétiens in addition to his solo act. He also helped found the Misery Loves Co. tape label with other Montreal musicians. He has also been a steady fixture of the Montreal improvisational and experimental music scenes, having participated in Mardi Spaghetti — a weekly improvised music series at Le Cagibi that started in 2008 — and organizing Noïsundaéè — another weekly music series showcasing anything that can be described as weird or strange that happens Sunday afternoons at La Plante.

Show starts at 7 p.m., $10 suggested contribution.

10 years of Divan Orange: PyPy + Jesuslesfilles + DJs Bonnes Manières @ Divan Orange

Doors open at 8 p.m., $14 at the door.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

Montreal Psych Fest @ La Vitrola

This city’s only festival dedicated exclusively to psychedelic music is back for a third consecutive year. Starting on Friday, this year’s festival presents three nights of performances featuring Pachyderm, The Backhomes, Les Marinellis, Red Mass and The Auras.

Friday and Saturday shows start at 9:30; $10 at the door before 10 p.m., $15 after. Sunday show takes place at l’Escogriffe at 10 p.m., $10. 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

Beat Market + Fonkynson + Le Couleur + French Fox @ Bassin Peel

Parcs Canada in collaboration with Lisbon Lux Records are presenting this free, two-day outdoor event showcasing some of the best of the Lisbon Lux roster.

Saturday show takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday show takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., free.

Grump + Bearmace + Perverted Justice @ l’Escogriffe

Doors open at 8 p.m., $5.

The Growlers + The Garden + Nancy Pants @ Bar le “RITZ” P.B.D. (formerly Il Motore)

Doors open at 8 p.m., $15 in advance via Blue Skies Turn Black or at the door.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

Russian Circles + The Atlas Moth @ Cabaret du Mile End

Doors open at 8 p.m., $18 in advance via Blue Skies Turn Black or $20 at the door.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

Naomi Punk + Harsh Reality + Goddard x Pelchat @ La Plante

Doors open at 9 p.m., $5 or PWYC.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

Windhand + All Them Witches + The Great Sabatini + Mountain Dust @ Petit Campus

Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $13 in advance online via Petit Campus and at Soundcentral, Aux 33 Tours or Cheap Thrills; $15 at the door.

Witching Hour presents Filthy Haanz + Nanimal + Superbloom + Primitive Hands @ l’Orage Club Échangiste

Witching Hour is a collective of Montrealers that includes musicians, artists, educators, writers, photographers, filmmakers and activists. All of their events feature live music and electronic DJs to supplement other media being presented, be it film, live body painting or yoga. This event will feature their usual varied lineup of live bands and electronic DJs, plus a body painting presentation, ‘an etheric healing chamber with palm reading and shamanic pracitices’ and much more.

Event starts at 9 p.m., $15 or $5 upon presentation of a POP Montreal festival pass.

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FRIDAY, MAY 30

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This year, MUTEK teamed up with Elektra to celebrate both festivals’ 15-year anniversaries and the result is EM15. The festival wraps up this weekend so be sure to catch a free event at the Musée d’art contemporain featuring Markus Floats, Santoz, Leon Louder, Bataille Solaire, Hugues Clément, Marie Davidson, Processor. Check their schedule for more events.

Most nighttime events start at 10 p.m., ticket info here.

Static Gold @ Cabaret Lion d’Or

Funk and swing collide into a dance party tonight when Static Gold launch their debut album Speaking Easy.

Show starts at 9 p.m., $13 at the door.

Brahja Waldman’s Quintet + Sam Shalabi, Anthony von Seck and Alexander MacSween @ Resonance Café

Brahja Waldman’s Quintet launch Sir Real Live, a vinyl recorded live at Resonance Café last August.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m.; $6, $8 includes download code, $15 includes vinyl. 

Bearmace + Yardlets + Melted Faces + Hiroshima Shadows @ La Vitrola

Show starts at 10:30 p.m., $6 with some proceeds going to Sun Youth.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4

Suoni per il Popolo: Crosss + Sheer Agony + Maica Mia + Shitsu @ La Vitrola

Show starts at 9 p.m., $6.

THURSDAY, JUNE 5

Suoni per il Popolo: USA Out of Vietnam + Public Animal + Marie Davidson @ La Sala Rossa

Doors open at 8:30 p.m., $8 in advance via Suoni per il Popolo or $10 at the door. 

Fringe Fest: APigeon + Girls In Uniform @ Divan Orange

Doors open at 8:30 p.m.; tickets cost $10 and are available at Divan Orange, Atom Heart, l’Oblique, Cheap Thrills and online via Indie Montreal.

B-17 + UUBBUURRUU + The Disraelis @ l’Escogriffe

Doors open at 9 p.m., $5.

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Get out there and see these shows this week.

FRIDAY, MAY 23

Bearmace + Vomit Squad + H.G.M. + Jesus Horse @ OTH Gallery

Montreal skate punk band Bearmace are officially launching Cold Ones, a four-track EP on vinyl. Hopefully the recording adequately captures at least some of their ferocious live energy.

Doors open at 9 p.m., PWYC.

Sacral Nerves + KoKo + Shining Wizard + Harsh Reality @ Casa del Popolo

Doors open at 9 p.m., $5.

SATURDAY, MAY 24

Dead Rider + Alexei Martov + Archery Guild @ Cabaret Playhouse

Doors open at 8 p.m., $8 in advance via Blue Skies Turn Black or $10 at the door.

MONDAY, MAY 26

Kurt Vile and The Violators + Steve Gunn @ Corona Theatre

Doors open at 7 p.m., $27 at the door.

THURSDAY, MAY 29

Organ Mood + Absolutely Free + Ought + FET.NAT @ Turbohaus

Show starts at 9 p.m.; tickets cost $10 and are available at L’Oblique, Aux 33 Tours and Phonopolis.

What do you look for in a good night out? Spiritual enlightenment and broadening the mind are usually not at the top of most people’s list.

Michael Noom and Adina Viarengo of Montreal psychedelic band NooM, have created a monthly series that aims to do just that. They’ve dubbed the events New Moon Psychedelic Mass, held on the night of the new lunar cycle.

New Age-y connotations aside, this is not some granola-crunching hippie shit where everyone is expected to sit in a circle and meditate. It’s simply a really good time where attendees get to watch short films by local filmmakers, see some good bands (Bearmace, NooM and Light Bulb Alley performed at last month’s party), partake in some arts and crafts and get their face or body painted. This Saturday’s event will also feature a paper airplane contest and group yoga.

It’s all in the name of bringing positivity into our lives and exchanging ideas that have the potential to make the world a better place, according to Viarengo and Noom.

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“[It’s about] bringing people together in a nightlife environment where you can get more out of it,” Viarengo said, “we wanted to open up room for cool activities, discussions about information and sharing different forms of art. We want to bring down limitations and have people be exposed and try things out while they’re going out. Self-empowerment, empowering people spiritually, I think that’s something that needs to be highlighted in society right now.”

She’s not talking about spirituality with a capital ‘s’; Viarengo’s definition of the word is much more casual than that.

“I think spirituality is really about an acquisition—just asking the universe the questions that you have and being receptive to the answers,” she said, “it might be in the Bible or in the Qur’an or…”

“…a Bazooka Joe comic,” Noom offered, “I was walking in Salem, Massachusetts a long time ago and I think I was seeking a mystical experience. I was like ‘I wanna experience something trippy.’ I was by myself walking down the street. A little wrapper was blowing in the wind and it hit my feet and I picked it up. It was a Bazooka Joe comic. They always had the fortune under and it said ‘never underestimate the power of positive thinking.’ I had never been exposed to the words ‘positive thinking’ before and I was like ‘that’s a good idea.’ That fucking comic strip changed my life!”

“That’s the type of atmosphere we want to set up at the parties,” Viarengo said.

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This might all sound a little ambitious but Viarengo and Noom think that the most effective way to bring about real change is by not sweating about the big picture, focusing on the self and by remembering that even the smallest gesture can lead to something.

“The spirit is us, really. That’s who we are,” said Noom. “If people are losing touch with who they are, they’re not in touch with their spirit and more in touch with institutional learning, corporations, pharmaceutical drugs, genetically modified foods, compromised manipulated mass media. Everyone’s like ‘well what can you do?’”

“I think that’s a really closed-minded way of looking at things—‘what can I do?’ Because everything you do is doing something. People should never feel like they aren’t making a difference because they are,” Viarengo added.

Noom and Viarengo understand that ideas and positivity can be contagious; all it takes is a common interest in being open. They’ve achieved this—whether consciously or not isn’t clear—by not setting up too much expectation for the people who come to their parties. If reading the event description leaves you feeling like you have no idea what this is supposed to be about, it’s a good thing.

This approach has worked in their favour. There was a diverse crowd of people and a really good vibe going on at the last one, which took place on January 30 at Café Cleopatra. Blame it on the influence of the new moon, which supposedly makes people act crazy, but there was definite electricity in the air that I don’t think had anything to do with the venue’s wild lighting fixtures.

The next New Moon Psychedelic Mass takes place this Saturday, March 1 at Il Motore. Follow Witching Hour Events on Facebook for upcoming New Moon parties.

Photos by Bianca David.

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As always, tons of shows this week. Don’t fuck around.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20

S.M.O.S.A.N. #9: Atsuko Chiba + Small Teeth + Big Mamma Tough Love @ Le Cagibi

The Secret Museum of Sound and Nature is a monthly concert series dedicated to bringing together artists and audiences who are interested in the stuff that tends to fall outside of conventional music genres–experimental, stoner, shoegaze, and more.

Show starts at 9 p.m., $5.

COUSINS + Princess Nokia + BootyBakery @ La Sala Rossa

Show starts at 10 p.m., $10.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21

Vulgar, You + El Napoleon + The Rejecters @ Quai des Brumes

Doors open at 9 p.m., $8.

Rock Against Racism: Asile + Malokio + Les temps liquides + Bearmace @ Katacombes

The 6th edition of Rock Against Racism will benefit Montreal’s Immigrant Workers Centre. Part of the IWC’s mandate is to provide education about workers’ rights in a safe environment, to improve living and working conditions for immigrant workers, and to help defend the rights of immigrants in their places of work.

Show starts at 9 p.m., $6 to $10.

Muted Screams + Mad June + The Falling + Elyse and the Affair @ Pub St-Paul

Show starts at 8 p.m., $10.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22

VCR + Thee  Nodes + Dead Future + Pretty Boys @ Turbo Haus

Show starts at 9 p.m., $6.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23

How Sad + Seoul @ Divan Orange

Doors open at 8 p.m., tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at Atom Heart, Cheap Thrills, Off The Hook, Moog Audio, Phonopolis or online here.

What to do, what to do… I know: check out some of these shows this week.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30

New Moon Psychedelic Mass: NooM + Light Bulb Alley + Bearmace + Hoax @ Café Cleopatra (upstairs)

A new monthly event comes to us from the collective known as Witching Hour Events. To be held every new moon cycle, events feature short works by local filmmakers, performances by local bands of every genre, multimedia activities and visual arts. The event’s creators say it’s all in the spirit of exchanging ideas and information and sharing creative experiences to inspire change.

This version will feature performances by NooM, Light Bulb Alley, Bearmace, and Hoax. Attendees are even encouraged to bring a small instrument or other sound-making device to use during a short jam to honour the new moon.

Dressing like an alien for this edition is also encouraged.

Free before 10 p.m., $5 after.

Pierre-Guy Blanchard, Jérémi Roy and Sam Shalabi trio @ Bethlehem XXX (6568 boul. Saint-Laurent)

Members of Land of Kush, PACHA, and part of the Constellation Records family, the trio will perform an early set at a Little Italy food joint owned by musician, artist and chef Beaver Sheppard.

Show starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m., $7.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31

Trade Secrets + Archery Guild + Formalists + Blood @ Brasserie Beaubien

Doors at 9 p.m., $5.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2

Lymbyc Systym + Arms and Sleepers + Atsuko Chiba @ Il Motore

Doors open at 8:30 p.m., $10/$12.

Bass Drum of Death + Alex Calder @ Casa del Popolo

Doors open at 8 p.m., $8/$10.

Launch parties all around at shows this week!

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6

Sensitive Shredders video premiere w/ KoKo + BEARMACE + Hiroshima Shadows @ Drones

A new Montreal skateboard video will premiere tonight followed by a show featuring three of Montreal’s noisiest bands. Watch the Sensitive Shredders trailer below:

Tickets $5, doors at 10 p.m.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7

Dethfox + Septimo Continente + Towanda @ L’Escogriffe

Montreal boasts an impressive array of punk bands that have cropped up this past year. Dethfox is one of them (see BEARMACE for another example) and tomorrow they’re playing what will be their second show ever to officially launch the release of their demo tape.

Tickets $6 or $10 including demo tape, doors at 9 p.m.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9

El Napoleon + Mr. Elevator & The Brain Hotel @ L’Escogriffe

This is the week of launch parties and to round it out nicely is the cassette launch of prominent Montreal’s psychedelic music scene member El Napoleon. Joining him are Mr. Elevator & The Brain Hotel touring in support of their debut LP Nico & Her Psychedelic Subconscious, released in October on Burger Records.

Tickets $5, show at 10 p.m.

Dress up and go see these shows this week!

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31

Ed Banger Records 10 Year Anniversary: Justice + Breakbot + Busy P @ Metropolis

French electronic music label Ed Banger is celebrating its 10 years of existence with a massive world tour featuring some of the best artists on the label. Show starts at 10 p.m. and runs until 3 a.m.

Bearmace + Jesus Horse @ TRH Bar

If electro is not your thing, head over to TRH Bar at 3699 St-Laurent for the excellent thrashy punk outfit Bearmace. At $2, this show is the steal of the week!

Witching Hour Events presents Halloween Magic Costume Dance Party @ Cabaret du Mile End

The first-ever Witching Hour Event will feature three short band sets by Nirvana tribute band April Hate, NooM and Death Proof as well as DJ sets and a crafts bazaar.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1

POP Montreal Halloween Massacre: Each Other + Renegades of Funk + WZaarD + Filthy Haanz @ Industries Nomad

The event features Each Other (“the shitty Beatles”), RATM cover band Renegades of Funk, WZaarD, and Filthy Haanz, as well as DJs and surprises.

Halloween in the Satosphere: Poirier + Prison Garde + Jake Williams @ S.A.T.

This yearly event makes the most of the Société des arts technologiques’ domed screen. Music courtesy of DJs Poirier, Prison Garde and the UK’s Jake Williams.

Dia de los Muertos @ Crobar

If you want a Halloween party full of thrills and chills that will give you the biggest bang for your buck, it’s Crobar’s Dia de los Muertos event. It features a really long and diverse list of attractions including food, a bake sale, psychic readings, traditional Halloween and Day of the Dead games, a costume contest (prizes include a bottle of real mead and Crystal Skull Vodka), a snake charmer, knife juggling, piñatas, a traditional Day of the Dead altar, a burlesque show, and, believe it or not, more. Activities from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. are free, $10 cover charge after 9. Check the link above for a detailed schedule.

This year, POP Montreal boasts over 300 bands covering the entire spectrum of musical genres. The heavier genres often get ignored and are usually vastly underrepresented at music festivals of this scale. But fans of metal, punk and other forms of heavy music can find plenty of acts to suit their tastes.

BEARMACE – BEARMACE + Koko + Petty Sweat + GODS + Caves
Sep. 27, 9 p.m. @ Barfly

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This Montreal band’s sound is made up of drop-tuned, chunky bass riffs reminiscent of 90s punk. BEARMACE are thrashy but melodic enough to keep things interesting.

El Salvador – El Salvador + Kurvi Tasch + Girls In Uniform + No Magic + Charlotte Day Wilson
Sep. 25, 8 p.m. @ Casa del Popolo

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If you’re looking for some truly bizarre shit, this one’s for you. Lots of bands get labeled as experimental but these guys put most of them to shame. Like good drugs that sometimes turn on you, El Salvador’s music will take you for a ride. Good trip or bad, it’s the experience that matters in the end.

The BCASA – The BCASA + Loose Pistons + Adam Strangler + Wilderling
Sep. 25, 9:30 p.m. @ O Patro Vys

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If you like your punk rock obnoxious and slightly juvenile, this is great stuff. Twangy guitars and vocals reminiscent of early NOFX. Wondering about the weird abbreviated name? They used to be called The Bill Cosby Anarchist Society of America. But you know, legal stuff.

Portugal. The Man – Portugal. The Man + How Sad :: SOLD OUT ::
Sep. 26, 9 p.m. @ Theatre Corona Virgin Mobile

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This band doesn’t need any more attention than they already have (besides, the show is sold out) but this list would absolutely not be complete without them.

METZ – METZ + CRABE + Fist City + Evan Dubinsky (DJ set)
Sep. 29, 11 p.m. @ Église POP Little Burgundy :: Salle Little Burgundy

The best of the fests closes with an appropriately noisy punk rock party courtesy of these Toronto natives. Stop crying over Portugal. The Man being sold out and console yourself with METZ.

Honourable mentions: CRABE, Ponctuation, Crosss, Jesuslesfilles