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.

Go see these shows this week, get to it.

THURSDAY, APRIL 24

SMOSAN #11: Avec le Soleil Sortant de sa Bouche + Femme Accident + Golden Tombs @ Le Cagibi

It is the one year anniversary of the monthly audio/visual performance series known as the Secret Museum of Sound and Nature. The series brings together people who share a common interest in new, innovative and experimental music. Read our interview with Jim Demos, founder and main organizer of the series.

Show starts at 9:15 p.m. (for real), $8.

Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women w/ Odaya + Beatrice Deer + Sarah Pagé + AroarA @ La Vitrola

HOWL, a Montreal collective promoting social justice through the arts, organized this event in collaboration with Missing Justice, a grassroots campaign, to draw attention to the large number of missing and murdered indigenous women. The event features performances by aboriginal artists Odaya and Beatrice Deer, as well as experimental harpist Sarah Pagé (The Barr Brothers) and Montreal duo AroarA.

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

Po Lazarus @ Honey Martin

Show starts at 10 p.m., free.

FRIDAY, APRIL 25

Life in Vacuum + Atsuko Chiba + Obstcls @ L’Escogriffe

Show starts at 9 p.m., $7.

Mystik Motorcycles + Melted Faces + Ultrapterodactyle @ Divan Orange

Show starts at 9:30 p.m., $7.

SATURDAY, APRIL 26

Montreal Psych Fest presents Elephant Stone + The Vacant Lots + Pachyderm @ Quai des Brumes

Montreal psychedelic powerhouse Elephant Stone are kicking off a summer of touring here in Montreal by performing all the tracks off their new album, the self-titled follow-up to their 2009 success The Seven Seas.

Doors open at 9 p.m., tickets cost $8 in advance online via Elephant Stone or $10 at the door.

Photo by Võ Thiên Việt via tumblr.

Shows this week. Get. To. It.

FRIDAY, APRIL 4

The PRP Benefit Show: What If Elephants + Stefanie Parnell + Krystale + Faux Play @ La Sala Rossa

PRP Benefit is a grassroots organization that aims to promote awareness of mental health issues. This year will be the 5th edition of the concert series and will feature performances by What If Elephants, Stefanie Parnell, Krystale and Faux Play. All proceeds will be donated to Friends for Mental Health, a non-profit community organization that was established to help families deal with mental illness by providing counseling, community support, crisis assistance, activities for kids and families, referrals and by promoting public awareness.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m., $15 at the door. All proceeds go to Friends for Mental Health.

Trigger Effect (final show) + Hashed Out + Dig It Up @ Foufounes Éléctriques

Today would have been the 10-year anniversary of Montreal punk band Trigger Effect and the band has put together a final show in homage to their late vocalist Nick Babeu, who passed away in November.

The band will be joined by a cast of guest musicians including Mikey Heppner of Priestess; Wade MacNeil of Gallows, Black Lungs and Alexisonfire; Hugo Mudie of Miracles; Nick Raz of The BCASA and many more.

The entire set list of tonight’s show is available online.

Doors open at 8 p.m., tickets cost $13.50 in advance online.

The This Many Boyfriends Club + Smokes + She’s + Notta Comet @ Kathy & Kimy

Show starts at 9 p.m., PWYC.

SATURDAY, APRIL 5

The Wooden Sky + Dusted @ Il Motore

Doors open at 8 p.m., tickets cost $13 via Blue Skies Turn Black or $15 at the door.

SUNDAY, APRIL 6

Cosmonauts + El Napoleon @ l’Escogriffe

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

MONDAY, APRIL 7

The Dillinger Escape Plan + Trash Talk @ Le National

Doors open at 7 p.m., tickets cost $22 via Admission or $25 at the door.

Cloud Nothings + Pleasure Leftists + Solids @ Il Motore

Doors open at 8 p.m., tickets cost $15 via Blue Skies Turn Black or $20 at the door.

Crimes + Melted Faces + The Faggots @ Café Chaos

Show starts at 9 p.m., $3.

There’s a ton of shows this week so no excuses!

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10

The Whiskey Chase @ Hémisphère Gauche

Montreal band The Whiskey Chase are launching their new EP Sucker for the Underdog tonight. They’re being supported by a slew of bands specializing in that early 00s punk sound: Fate Hope Glory, Unsung, Dutch Nuggets and Defy Defeat.

Show starts at 8:30 p.m., tickets cost $7.

Archery Guild @ La Sala Rossa

Archery Guild are releasing their follow-up to the very excellent Din. Joining them onstage are Snooker Emporium, Look Vibrant and The Walls are Blonde.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m., tickets cost $5 or PWYC.

Glorious Moonrockets + Teen Seizure + Melted Faces @ Quai des Brumes

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

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11

Wax Mannequin + Nick Ferrio & His Feelings + The Sin and the Swoon @ Casa del Popolo

Doors open at 9 p.m., tickets cost $10.

Crazy Knows Crazy + Animal Ethics + Crimes + Superstitions + The Faggots @ Katacombes

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

SUNDAY, JANUARY 12

Friend of All the World + Heirloom + No Family @ Casa del Popolo

Show starts at 9 p.m., tickets cost $8.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 14

Mutual Benefit @ Il Motore

Doors open at 8 p.m., tickets cost $12.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15 & THURSDAY, JANUARY 16

Land of Kush @ La Sala Rossa

Montreal’s Land of Kush are officially launching their album The Big Mango, which was released in October. They’re an experimental collective heavily influenced by the Egyptian orchestras of the 70s and are absolutely not to be missed (especially since they only put on shows about once a year, if we’re lucky).

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

“Take some acid.”

Words of advice from Tasha Class about her upcoming show on November 6. Tasha plays drums for Melted Faces, a band that got their start in a backyard in Vancouver.

“My drummer [at the time] lived there. It was this crazy house. The landlord was like, a crackhead. They had bedbugs for a while,” she described. “All of a sudden, there’d be 20 people in the backyard just watching us play. It was pretty fun.”

It was clear upon meeting Class that she has a lot of fun with her music. When asked about her first show with Montreal band UUBBUURRUU, who performed as part of Montreal Psych Fest last month, she said “It was crazy. We practiced right beforehand and we drank a bunch of whiskey. None of us had slept, at all, from the night before, ’cause Melted Faces played at 5 in the morning.”

While fun is an important aspect of Class’ music career, she does work very hard. She does management and promotion work for Melted Faces and takes her job very seriously.

“I’m a real tough-ass chick,” she said. “I really believe in getting my band the most bars have to offer, whatever it is. You have to get paid, you need money for traveling if you’re a touring band, you need places to sleep, you need to have beer at the bar to get drunk, you know. You gotta have your shit together.”

Tasha and Melted Faces frontman, Sean, moved to Montreal from Vancouver a few years after forming.

“It’s way easier here, way easier,” said Class on breaking into the music scene. “In Vancouver it was such a small scene. I found it was all the same bands playing in the same venues every weekend. I dunno, it was kinda cliquey. There was like, the ‘cool scene’ of kids. We’ve got cliques here for sure, but it’s more welcoming. Montreal really welcomed us. We’ve played great shows with great crowds, we’ve played shitty shows with like two people there. It’s really easy to book a gig here.”

Class’ advice for new Montreal bands: “I’d just say contact venues. All you got to do is contact the booking manager for a venue and they tell you what night is available. Then you contact bands that are similar to your sound and boom, you got a show. It’s pretty simple. You run your own door, and generally if you make enough money from the bar then you won’t have to pay for the venue, so it’s pretty awesome.”

Check out Melted Faces and Montreal duo The Dahlias on November 6 at Divan Orange.

Photo by Skylar Boushell for Melted Faces.

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