Now that it looks like we’re in for spring to early summer weather (fingers still crossed), this week is a perfect time to get out of the house. We have a few other, equally strong reasons to explore our city in the form of music shows you can check out. So, let’s get started:

The Lef7overs + Light Bulb Alley + Donny Dash

On Friday head over to Barfly if you’re into Punk / Garage Rock as three local acts in the form of The Lef7overs, Light Bulb Alley and Donny Dash are set to play a free show! With Barfly’s drink prices being more reasonable than anywhere else on The Main this has to be the best show this weekend for those who are brok… ummm more financially challenged.

Light Bulb Alley and Donny Dash will be providing the garage rock while headliners the Lef7overs are known for playing punk rock covers of female fronted bands. Knowing this, it seems like no coincidence that a capital “L” and “7” appear in the band’s name.

The Lef7overs, Light Bulb Alley and Donny Dash play Barfly, 4062A Boulevard St Laurent, Friday, April 14th, 9:00pm, free.

 

Stevenson + Fire/Works + Désiré Renard

On Thursday you can head over to Le Cactus (the temporary home of L’Escogriffe) where local Montreal based and self-descirbed “Downer Pop” duo Stevenson will be playing in support of the launch of their first full length album Sadboyz. Joining them for this show will be two other local acts, Fire/Works and Désiré Renard.

It’s really hard to categorize Stevenson’s music as one thing so it’s probably best to check out a few of their songs to get the full meaning of Downer Pop.

Stevenson, Fire/Works and Désiré Renard play Le Cactus, 4461 Rue Saint-Denis, Thursday, April 13th, 8:30pm, $10 at the door.

 

Wolf Eyes + Drainolith + Gashrat + Nyon

The Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival’s offseason programming is in full swing and on Monday, they’re bringing Detroit’s Wolf Eyes to La Vitrola along with three local acts: Drainolith, Gashrat and Nyon.

For an idea of what you’re in for if you go, give a listen to the headliners'”heavy, discordant and psycho jazz”

Wolf Eyes, Drainolith, Gashrat and Neon  play La Vitrola, 4602 Boul. St-Laurent, Tuesday, April 18th, 9:30pm, $15 at the door.

 

* Featured image of the Lef7overs via Facebook

* Know a band or an artist that should be featured in Shows This Week? Maybe a show FTB should cover, too? Let us know at music@forgetthebox.net. Our week goes from Thursday to Wednesday, so let us know by the preceding Sunday, though not too much in advance, or you may get lost in the shuffle. We can’t be everywhere and can’t write about everything, but we do our best!

 

Quit fucking around and go see these shows this week.

FRIDAY, JULY 4

Putamen Insula + Hellenica + Existe @ Deathouse

Show starts at 9 p.m.

SATURDAY, JULY 5

Tasty Fest: Like Animals + Adrenechrome + Watcher + Chronolith + Disaster Horse + The Slums & more

So there’s this guy who lives in Brossard who takes it upon himself to organize Tasty Fest, an annual backyard BBQ party featuring bands, food and wholesome activities like oil wrestling (prize: a bottle of Jagermeister) and punk haircuts.

Show starts at 3 p.m., $10 at the door.

Po Lazarus @ Grumpy’s

Show starts at 10 p.m., free.

SUNDAY, JULY 6

The Artsy Chicks + Golden Tombs @ La Vitrola

Montreal band The Artsy Chicks have been on tour for the past three weeks and will be officially launching their sophomore album at a homecoming show on Sunday. This album will draw more heavily on surf rock than their previous release but we can expect an incredible diversity of influences nonetheless from this five-piece.

Doors open at 8 p.m., PWYC.

Venomenon + Adrenechrome + Cromagnum + Watcher @ Piranha Bar

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

TUESDAY, JULY 8

Hundred Waters + Mas Ysa @ Il Motore

Doors open at 8 p.m., $12 in advance via Blue Skies Turn Black or $14 at the door.

THURSDAY, JULY 10

Slight + Big Brave + Harsh Reality @ Casa del Popolo

Show starts at 9 p.m., $8/PWYC.

Light Bulb Alley + The Sangomas + After Party Acid People @ L’Escogriffe

Show starts at 10 p.m., $5.

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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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.