Look at all these shows this week! Wowee!

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

Sir Richard Bishop + Tashi Dorji + Hellenica @ La Vitrola

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

Res-erection: A Royal Phoenix Pop-Up Party @ Espace Reunion

Even though the Royal Phoenix closed its doors earlier this summer, the spirit of the Phoenix has emerged from the proverbial ashes in the form of a pop-up party at Espace Reunion (6600 Hutchison). The party, hosted by legendary queer drag artist Connie Lingua, will feature live performances until 11 p.m. by La Mécanique, Wiz Kilo, Charlie and Those Trees. DJs Sham, Maclean and JNNBNNRCK take over until 3 a.m.

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

Misery Loves Co. tape launch @ Drones Club

Montreal record label Misery Loves Co. is celebrating its second round of split cassettes since its inception earlier this year. Four cassettes are being released, each a split, that means eight bands for your listening pleasure. Each band will be performing a short set; they are: Alcrete, Nennen, Silk Statue, Quel Dragon?, Drøm Før Du Dør, Squalor, Blankets and Skin Tone. The tapes will be for sale for $7 each or $20 for all four.

Show starts at 9 p.m., $5-$8 sliding scale. 

Hashed Out + Animal Ethics + Ayazi @ Deathouse

Show starts at 10 p.m.

Mad June + Moosy @ l’Escogriffe

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

MEG x 10th Anniversary of Divan Orange: Tommy Kruise + Kenlo Craqnuques + Melt MTL @ Divan Orange

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

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

Zammuto + Saxsyndrum @ Casa del Popolo

Doors open at 8 p.m., $10 in advance via Blue Skies Turn Black or $13 at the door.

The BCASA + BOIDS + Dead End Trends @ Turbo Haus

Show starts at 9 p.m.; free before 10 p.m., $10 after.

The FAPS + The Artsy Chicks + Ashleys @ l’Escogriffe

Doors open at 9 p.m., $7.

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.

There are few bands that can combine bubbly pop-rock sound, glitter, edgy style, dark or political themes and a healthy dose of feminism so impeccably. Montreal’s Mad June thrives on this total clash of contrasting elements. The results are especially apparent in their live performances, where their infectious songs drive the audience to let go of all inhibitions and join in on their fun.

Fun is the name of the game for the six women who make up Mad June. Though they’ve always been politically minded, lead singer Vanessa McLean said they don’t take themselves as seriously as when they first started out almost eight years ago.

“Now our goal whenever we play a show is to just have as much fun as possible with the crowd,” McLean said.

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Mad June works really hard at striving to achieve this goal. They played a show at Café Chaos last week with local bands NIL and Tracer Flare and it was a ridiculously good time. Their energy levels were very high as they performed their catchy, sing-along tunes.

Bassist Pascale St-Onge, guitarists Jessica Pion and Tania Dasrochers and keyboardist Sheenah Ko all danced and jumped around while also providing backup vocals.

Even though she was hanging out in back, drummer Lydia Champagne made her presence heard and felt. Her style of drumming is so fast and explosive, I was in total awe of her enormous talent.

McLean was all over the place, running and jumping around the stage, onto the speakers and even into the crowd to dance with fans and friends. She got the crowd to join in on many of the choruses, which are easy to sing along to even if you’re not familiar with their songs.

The grand surprise finale came when several audience members threw glitter confetti into the air and it landed on our sweaty faces and arms. Everyone loved it.

Party atmosphere aside, some of Mad June’s songs aren’t all glitter and bubblegum. For example, their single November has some pretty dark lyrics. But the tempo is upbeat and there’s a ‘La la la’ sing-along chorus.

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“I like the drastic mix of that,” McLean said. “I’m going to steal something from Metric here but they said that you can listen to just the lyrics if you want to and go ‘that’s really deep and kind of depressing.’ And if you don’t want to, you can just listen to the music and have fun.”

The thing that strikes most about Mad June when watching them perform is that they are all very comfortable on stage in front of a crowd. You can see it in the way they move and in the way they interact with each other and the crowd.

McLean said having that connection with the audience has always been important to them as an indie band.

“Indie bands need to be really good with their promo. You can’t be lazy,” she said. “Nobody else is going to do it. We’re really active on social media. We try to talk to people as much as possible and be there so when we do have a show, we’re connected with these people.”

Mad June currently has a demo that they put out around 2009. They’re currently working on an album that they expect to release in the spring of 2014. They plan to release a single every few months until then to keep everyone on their toes. Their next one will be released in August.

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