suoni per il popolo

Suoni per il Popolo, Montreal’s premier experimental music festival, has been dedicated to showcasing the weird, the fringe, the avant-garde and the just plain out-there for over ten years. Part of their mandate is to dissolve musical borders and genres and to promote a culture of collaboration. The result is a truly diverse collection of performances with some surprising combinations. This year’s festival runs from June 4 to June 22 and includes workshops and art exhibits as well as nightly musical performances.

Today we’re presenting only a small sample of musical acts participating in the festival but you can see the full calendar here.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4

Crosss + Sheer Agony + Shitsu @ La Vitrola

Crosss — Halifax-born, Toronto-based — blend elements of metal, sludge, doom, psychedelia and grunge. Going over to the dark side can be overwhelming if you’re not already into that but Crosss extend a sweet invitation and gently pull you in. They’re joined by the unabashedly poppy Sheer Agony and new Montreal punk band Shitsu.

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

THURSDAY, JUNE 5

USA Out Of Vietnam + Public Animal + Marie Davidson @ La Sala Rossa

It feels like they’ve been around forever but USA Out Of Vietnam will be launching their debut album Crashing Diseases and Incurable Airplanes Thursday. Blending elements of drone, dream pop and psych, the band favours lush harmonies and infectious melodies and takes the time to build them up properly. Toronto garage rock band Public Animal and electronic pop songstress Marie Davidson open up the show.

Show starts at 8:30 p.m., $8 in advance through Suoni per il Popolo or $10 at the door. 

FRIDAY, JUNE 6

Steve Bates & Seijiro Murayama + Sam Shalabi & Stefan Christoff @ Casa del Popolo

Montrealer Steve Bates is an audio/visual artist whose work often explores our relationship with time. He also runs The Dim Coast, a space dedicated to experiments with sound. Seijiro Murayama is a Japan-based percussionist who focuses on improvisation and electroacoustic, conceptual compositions. They first played together at the legendary Rhiz club, Vienna’s go-to venue for experimental electronic music. The duo are joined by Sam Shalabi — composer, guitarist and oud player (Land of Kush and Shalabi Effect) — and Stefan Christoff — pianist, journalist and activist. Their work is a mix of Western free jazz improvisation and makam, a system of melody types used in Turkish classical music.

Show starts at 8:30 p.m., $12 at the door or online via Suoni per il Popolo

MONDAY, JUNE 9

Parquet Courts + Tyvek + Protomartyr + Heat @ Il Motore

Brooklyn-based weirdo-punk band Parquet Courts have been steadily rising in popularity since they broke onto the scene in 2010. Sunbathing Animal, their third album, drops today.

Show starts at 9 p.m., $15 at the door or online via Suoni per il Popolo.

TUESDAY, JUNE 10

Die Like A Dog Trio (Brötzmann, Parker, Drake) @ La Sala Rossa

It’s been 12 years since the last Die Like A Dog performance, back when the group was a quartet. This time around, German free jazz legend Peter Brötzmann is joined by double-bassist William Parker and percussionist Hamid Drake.

Show starts at 8 p.m., $28 at the door or online via Suoni per il Popolo.

FRIDAY, JUNE 13

Ought + Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche + Harsh Reality @ Casa del Popolo

Ought released their debut full-length album, More Than Any Other Day, via Constellation Records this past April and have since received widespread critical acclaim. They are joined by no-wave, afro-beat, trance-pop outfit Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche and experimental noise band Harsh Reality. Read Pamela Fillion’s interview with Ought.

Show starts at 8:30 p.m., $10 at the door or online via Suoni per il Popolo.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18

Omar Souleyman + d’Eon + Nouveau Zodiaque @ La Sala Rossa

Omar Souleyman‘s story is the stuff of legends and I won’t do it justice in three lines of description that I’ve confined myself to here. Basically, he’s a Syrian artist whose sound blends traditional Middle Eastern folk music, Shaabi (a form of working-class Egyptian street music) and electronic elements. He built up his fame performing at weddings throughout the Middle East, recording over 500 cassettes in the process. He was picked up by North American label Sublime Frequencies and released his first studio album, Wenu Wenu, produced by Four Tet’s Kieran Hebden.

Show starts at 8:30 p.m., $25 at the door or online via Suoni per il Popolo.

SATURDAY, JUNE 21

Jerusalem In My Heart + Morphosis + Charles Cohen @ Usine C

Jerusalem In My Heart live is a totally immersive audio/visual experience. The group makes modern experimental Arabic music, blending traditional sounds and melodies with contemporary electronic elements.

Show starts at 8 p.m., $15 at the door or online via Suoni per il Popolo.

Brahja Waldman's Quintet

What’s that? You wanna go see some shows this week? Well get to it.

FRIDAY, MAY 30

EM15

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.

A big “fuck you” to Valentine’s Day and album launches galore for shows this week.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14

Karneef + Vesuvio Solo + Joji @ Cabaret Playhouse

Tonight, Montreal’s own Karneef will be officially launching his debut album, Love Between Us, released this past November via Club Roll. Karneef recently spoke to FTB, you can read about it here.

Doors open at 9 p.m., $5 before 11 p.m. or $7 after.

Fuck Valentine’s Day: Riot Porn + Stigmachine + Jesus Horse @ Deathouse

There’s no better way to spend the most vile of all holidays than sweating it out in the pit to some of the best punk and hardcore from our own backyard. The 2014 Fuck Valentine’s Day series spans two nights (see below for Saturday’s lineup). Also, free samosas.

Show starts at 10 p.m.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15

Kids Eat Crayons @ Casa del Popolo

The seven-member, self-described jazz-metal-freakout band is launching their second (and long-awaited) album Dogs at Play Among the Ruins. They’ve developed a sound that is truly all their own and it needs to be seen to be believed–their music is bizarre, contains elements that seemingly don’t go together but the result is quite pleasant and really fun.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m., $8.

PyPy + Crosss + Maica Mia @ TRH-Bar

Members of Duchess Says, CPC Gangbangs and Red Mass came together to form supergroup PyPy. They’re launching their debut album, Pagan Day, this week at what is sure to be the most psych-punk-thrashtastic live show of the next little while.

Show starts at 9 p.m., tickets cost $10 and can be bought in advance at Phonopolis, L’Oblique and Aux 33 Tours.

Pulses @ Divan Orange

A multi-sensory experience awaits Saturday night as Montreal electronic music duo Pulses launch their first full-length album, Pulsations. Presented as part of MEG’s Audio/Visual Showcase series, the event also features work by TiND, Orbital Mechanics, Ewerx, Sipherdee, Phil Fiction and Vj Albireo.

Show starts at 10 p.m., $9 at the door or here.

Fuck Valentine’s Day: Mutank + Muffler Crunch + Alcohol Fueled + The Lovely Haze @ Deathouse

Show starts at 10 p.m.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17

together PANGEA + Mozes and the Firstborn + Phèdre @ Casa del Popolo

Doors open at 8 p.m., $10 at the door or via blueskiesturnblack.com.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18

RAC Showcase: King Karoshi + Be Astronaut + Tofu Stravinsky + Brittany Kwasnik @ La Sala Rossa

Recording Arts Canada‘s Concert Showcase series features up-and-comers in the Montreal music scene. The event is meant to give emerging artists exposure to professionals in the industry and help advance their musical careers. The participating artists receive feedback on their performance and a chance to win free studio time in the RAC studios. It can be a good opportunity for some very deserving artists to gain recognition and for audience members to discover some new local talent.

Show starts at 7 p.m., free.