Go see these shows this week.

FRIDAY, MAY 16

FTB 5th Anniversary Party w/ Seb Black + Eddie Paul + Po Lazarus + Ruff Talons + Two-Year Carnival @ O Patro Vys

Forget The Box is celebrating 5 years of independent media tonight with some musical guests, all of which have been featured on our site at one point or another over the years. Party!

Show starts at 9 p.m., $14 at the door.

One Man Band Festival w/ Wax Mannequin + Jenny Omnichord + Smoota + Tony Ezzy @ Divan Orange

One Man Band Fest continues tonight with what they call the “outsider music and weird folk masters” edition.

Show starts at 8 p.m., $12.

Duchess Says + El Napoleon + Police des moeurs @ Le Belmont

Show starts at 10 p.m., $15 at the door.

SATURDAY, MAY 17

Fu Manchu + Electric Citizen + Eagle Tears @ Cabaret Mile End

Show starts at 9 p.m., $20.

Piknic Électronik double edition @ Parc Jean-Drapeau

Everyone’s favourite Sunday summer pastime starts this weekend with a special double edition. There will be a Piknic event on Saturday as well as at the usual time on Sunday.

Events start at 2 p.m., $15 for individual day tickets.

SUNDAY, MAY 18

One Man Band Fest w/ Kim Barlow + J. Allen + Fireball Grant + Pete Moser The Fastest One Man Band + Gull + Tadi Cirus @ Brasserie McAuslan on the Lachine Canal

Beer, food and fun in the sun? Yes, please! You’ll find all that plus some talented musicians at this free afternoon event.

Show starts at 1 p.m.,  free.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 21

HR3 + Kids Eat Crayons @ Casa del Popolo

Show starts at 8:30 p.m., $10.

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.

Get. Out. There. See these shows this week!

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23

The Luyas + Brazos @ Divan Orange

Show starts at 8 p.m., $12 at the door or in advance here.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25

Le Kid & Les Marinellis + El Napoleon @ L’escogriffe

Catch Montreal band Le Kid & Les Marinellis perform their brand of psych-tinged garage rock for the last time before they take a break to record their new album. They’ll be supported by the trippy El Napoleon.

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

JD Samson & MEN + Diamond Bones + Light Fires @ Il Motore

Show starts at 9 p.m., $15.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29

Po’ Lazarus @ Pub Saint-Ciboire

The Montreal duo known as Po’ Lazarus have been garnering steady attention in the local scene since their inception a few years ago. When Josh Carey and Paul Mascarenhas gather their humble instruments, just a couple of guitars and their voices, magic happens. See for yourself at this fundraising event for geoengineering students at Montreal’s École polytechnique.

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

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.

This year, Montreal further solidified its reputation as one of the most important music cities in the world. Our position as one of the great music capitals has never been in dispute, but we were missing something that other cities with major music scenes had: a psychedelic music festival.

Montreal Psych Fest founders John W. Stuart and David Lines were thinking along these lines when they decided to put together a festival that celebrates psychedelic music in all its forms. However, it seems somebody else had beat them to it.

“I got an email from Tasha Class, who had put on a festival last year, and was like ‘Hey, what are you doing? I thought I was doing Psych Fest?’ So we all teamed up and moved forward with it,” said Stuart.

This year’s festival was built upon Class’ one-night event last year and has grown to include over 20 local acts over a span of four days. The team already has plans to expand for next year’s edition by organizing psych-themed events throughout the year. Like Psych & Draw, an event that encourages participants to trip out their sketchbooks while listening to a selection of psychedelic music.

With the current resurgence of psychedelic music, the festival can only get bigger.

“[Psychedelic music] has always been present in the scene here but it sort of morphed and changed over the years,” Stuart said. “There is a really big resurgence with all the bands playing the festival, but also on a higher level with bands like The Besnard Lakes, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan and Elephant Stone. All these bands are doing quite well and they all have an element of psychedelia in their music.”

The key word here is element. In accordance with the traditionally open nature of the psychedelic movement, Stuart says that you don’t have to sound like The 13th Floor Elevators to be included in Montreal Psych Fest. This is clear when you look at this year’s lineup, which includes bands that incorporate an array of genres, sounds and instruments in their music.

One thing you can expect from every band is a far-out sensory experience. The best way to approach this is to give your mind up to the music and enjoy the trip. In the immortal words of Timothy Leary: Turn on, tune in and drop out.

Here’s a small selection of bands playing the Montreal Psych Fest:

Melted Faces – The Dhalias + Melted Faces + El Napoleon + Femme Accident
October 11, 3:15 a.m. @ TBA 

This band is what happens when you blend traditional, 60s-influenced psychedelic rock with garage and punk. The result is delightfully dissonant and decidedly danceable.

El Napoleon
October 11, 3:45 a.m. @ TBA

One-man solo project El Napoleon also has a heavy emphasis on garage-y, punk sounds. There are some unconventional surprises here as well, like the inclusion of a sitar.

Atsuko Chiba – The Hazelles + UUBBUURRUU + Atsuko Chiba + Psyche Tongues
October 12, midnight @ L’Escogriffe (7275 Sherbrooke e.)

This experimental 5-piece instrumental band blends elements of psychedelic, post-rock, metal and post-punk to create an otherworldly sound reminiscent of bands like Russian Circles, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Thee Silver Mt. Zion (watch this space for an upcoming interview with the band!).

Syngja – Will Eizlini + Hellenica + Syngja
October 13, 9 p.m. @ Le Cagibi (5490 boul. Saint-Laurent)

Inspired by Icelandic folk music, Syngja weaves electronic and analog elements into their dreamy psychedelic pop to really make you feel like you’re in an enchanted forest somewhere far away.

Montreal Psych Fest runs from October 10-13. For more info on the lineup, see their MontrealPsychFest.com