Hope you have an umbrella because in between all the rainstorms it looks like we’ve got another great week of music ahead of us. Here are some of your options for the next seven days.

John K. Samson +  Michael Feuerstack

On Thursday singer/songwriter John K. Samson is playing a show at Théâtre Fairmount in support of his second album Winter Wheat released last October. While his career as a solo artist is fairly new, you might know John as the frontman of Canadian Indie rock band The Weakerthans who were part of the Canadian music scene from 1997 until they decided to go on hiatus in 2014.

Joining Samson will be local talent Michael Feuerstack who has also been in the game for quite a while now under a different name. You might know him as Snailhouse, the moniker he used for a number of years before re-branding to his real name.

Regardless of the labels they’re currently going by, both these guys create great music with memorable lyrics. Give a listen to the track Postdoc Blues off John’s latest album to see what I mean.

John K. Samson and Michael Feuerstack play Théâtre Fairmount, 5240 Avenue du Parc, Thursday, April 6th, 8:30pm (Doors at 7:30), $25 to $20 +s.c available through the box office.

 

Allison Crutchfield and The Fizz + Vagabon + Empath

Also on Thursday you can stop by La Vitrola for an evening of Indie Rock presented by Suoni Per Il Popolo and CKUT with three great acts from south of the border in the form of Allison Crutchfield and the FizzVagabon and Empath.

Headliner Allison Crutchfield’s latest album Tourist in This Town was released in January and it’s really worth a listen all the way through. Or just go to the show and you can get the live version!

 Allison Crutchfield and The Fizz, Vagabon and Empath play La Vitrola, 4602 Boulevard St. Laurent, Thursday, April 6th, 9:00pm, $12 available through the box office.

 

Carlos Núñez

Sunday night Nuits d’Afrique will be hosting an evening with Spanish bagpiper Carlos Núñez who is coming to town for the last stop on his springtime tour through North America. The Galician multi-instrumentalist is well known for breaking down barriers between music styles. Most commonly associated with playing Celtic music, Núñez’s songs also draw heavily on his Latin roots and classical music.

This tour is also a celebration of Carlos’s illustrious career. It’s been twenty years since the release of his debut album Brotherhood of Stars and since then there has been no slowing down. He’s released an impressive ten more albums and done countless tours all over the globe in that time.

Carlos Núñez plays Théâtre Fairmount, 5240 Avenue du Parc, Sunday, April 9th, 8:30pm, $38.40 available through the box office.

 

North Country Towers + Isaak Salomon + Eva Foote

On Sunday Casa Del Popolo will be hosting folk performers North Country Towers who invite you to enjoy the nice spring weather (I guess they like rain) we’ve been having and come see a show. Actually Sunday is supposed to be the one sunny day this week so the thought of getting out of the house and seeing three acts for only eight bucks seems like a great way to spend the day.

North Country Towers, Isaak Salomon and Eva Foote Casa play Casa del Popolo, 4848 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Sunday, April 9th, 8:00pm (Doors at 7:30), $8 available at the door.

L O S

For those who don’t want to go home Sunday, you can just stay at Casa Del Popolo till Monday night when Quebec City based band L O S will be playing in support of their recently released first album Big Surf. When the word “Surf” is in the title of an album, it’s hard to prevent certain preconceptions of what it’s going to sound like to pop into your head. In this case you’d be dead wrong.

The vibe of Big Surf is a lot more mellow than you’d expect from a musical standpoint and a lot deeper and sophisticated in terms of the lyrics. Give them a listen and if it’s your thing then head down on Monday, tickets are only five dollars!

L O S plays Casa del Popolo, 4848 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Monday, April 10th, 9:00pm, $5 available at the door.

* Featured image of Alison Crutchfield via Twitter

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Happy Spring Break to those who celebrate the occasion! There’s some great shows going on this week both big and small and an important tribute taking place at Crobar this weekend that those in the music community wont want to miss.

So if you’re looking to hit up a show then look no further!

Dinosaur Jr. + Public Access TV

Head over to the Théâtre Corona on Thursday night and check out alt rock royalty in the form of Dinosaur Jr. who kick off a month long North American tour right here in our fair city. These guys are still going strong having released their eleventh full length studio album Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not last year.

Joining them will be New York post-punk rockers Public Access TV  who you should really get to know if you don’t already. In the meantime here is the just released video by Dinosaur Jr. which documents the band’s life on the road in its present state.

Dinosaur Jr. and Public Access tv play Théâtre Corona, 2490 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Thursday, March 9th, 8:30pm (Doors at 7:30), $27 through the box office or $30 at the door, all ages.

RobFest 2017

This weekend Crobar will be hosting the second annual RobFest, a three day event of “Local Music and Live Painting”  put on by GrimeyMTL in order to commemorate the life of the dear departed “Bubs” the former owner of the establishment who passed away suddenly back in 2015. There will be 25 bands hitting the stage in fast succession on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, so check out the event page for a more detailed look at the lineup.

Adding another level to all the mayhem will be that fact that there is also live painting which will be taking place throughout the bar on all three days. The intention is to create a mural in honour of Bubs as well as other pieces.

It should also be noted that despite the insane amount of stuff going on, tickets are being kept to a very reasonable $7 for one night or $15 for the whole weekend.

 

RobFest with various artists plays Crobar, 1221 Crescent Street, Friday, March 10th to Sunday March 12th, 7:00pm (Friday and Saturday), 5:00pm (Sunday) $7 (for the day) $15 (for the weekend) only at the door.

 

Harrow Fair

On Thursday night Canadian Folk/Country/Rock duo Miranda Mulholland and Andrew Penner, who go by the name Harrow Fair, will be coming to Pointe Claire for a special intimate house concert. They released their debut album Call To Arms in October of 2016 which has been picking up steam ever since and so they have decided to take the show on the road for a North American tour with three stops on consecutive days here in Quebec.

While big venues and blaring music has its place, there’s something to be said for a more intimate approach to the concert experience. There’s even going to be a potluck dinner before the show! Space will obviously be very limited and only people who buy tickets in advance will be let in so check out the event page for more details.

Also check out this recently released version of Wicked Game which should give you a good indication of the power and intensity of this duo.

Harrow Fair play House Concert, Thursday, March 9th, 7:30pm (potluck at 6:00pm), $20 for adults, $10 for children available through box office.

 

The Good Ol’ Blues Brothers Boys Band + Slamboni + The Brieface + The Whiskey Chase + Taken for Granted

On Saturday, Crobar is hosting a full evening of rock and roll hosted by Vendetta Management and Entertainment  with no less than five bands set to take the stage. So check out The Good Ol’ Blues Brothers Boys Band, The Brieface, The Whiskey Chase, Taken for Granted and this week’s winner of coolest band name Slamboni who are coming all the way from Toronto to play some ska for you!

 The Good Ol’ Blues Brothers Boys Band, Slamboni, The Brieface, The Whiskey Chase, Taken for Granted play Piranha Bar, 680 Sainte-Catherine St. West, Saturday, March 11th, 8:00pm (Doors at 7:00), $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

* Featured image courtesy Harrow Fair

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Saturday is the highlight day for Montréal en Lumière with the annual Nuit Blanche taking place. For those new to the city, this event takes place all day and night (and overnight) in a variety of locations with more events and activities than I care to count.

For people interested in the music part, there’s no way to preview even a fraction of the stuff going on so it’s best you check out the music schedule for yourself and pick out whatever you like. What we’ve done for this preview is to highlight three shows going on Friday night when there’s a little less action. All fit well into the local arts community vibe of Nuit Blanche, featuring local artists playing shows for reasonable prices.

A word of advice, regardless of your interests, the real key to a successful night is getting around in a timely manner. Get yourself a night pass from the STM since metros will be running all night or take advantage of the shuttle service offered.

Sean Nicholas Savage + Cafe Lanai

Our first suggestion for a pre-Nuit Blanche party is over at La Vitrola where local singer / songwriter / Indie Idol Sean Nicholas Savage and Cafe Lanai will be playing as part of a Blue Skies Turn Black showcase. Both acts are unique and original in their songwriting and should be on your list for this weekend if you’re looking for something a little more fresh and different.

Savage has released ten studio albums on Montreal-based Arbutus records (Grimes’ label), the latest being  The Magnificent First. He is also known as a bit of an unorthodox philosopher, something that comes out in his songs.

Sean Nicholas Savage and Cafe Lanai play La Vitrola, 4602 Boulevard St. Laurent, Friday, March 3rd, 10:00pm (Doors at 9:00pm), $8 in advance through the box office or $10 at the door.

Rust Eden + Krief + Tendre

Divan Orange is also hosting a show on Friday night in conjunction with Indie Montréal and Montréal en Lumière that’s perfect for setting off your busy weekend. The three acts set to hit the stage are Rust Eden, Krief  and Tendre, all local Indie performers who represent our city’s musicians quite well.

Rust Eden released their first album Apartment Green in 2016. Their indie rock sound in punctuated by elements of psychedelia and space rock, creating a very Montreal sound.

Rust Eden, Krief  and Tendre play Divan Orange, 4234 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Friday, March 3rd, 9:30pm.

Ouijatrash + Street Sleeper + Calomine

For those who prefer something a little more, ummm… loud, you can head over to Crobar for a self described “Night of Mischief” presented by the good people over at Grimey Mtl and featuring Ouijatrash, Street Sleeper and Calomine. I’m not fully sold on the “mischief” part, this might be a little more like mayhem with a lineup that hardly takes it easy with their tunes.

Cover is only five bucks so it’s well worth stopping in if you’re downtown on Friday night.

Ouijatrash, Street Sleeper and Calomine play Crobar, 1221 Crescent, Friday, March 3rd, 9:00pm (Doors at 8:00), $5 (only at the door).

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Happy fake spring everyone! It’s that week of the year when it sort of, kind of, somewhat feels like spring so people go a little crazy after all the hibernation. My personal favorite is guessing how many people you’ll see in shorts on any given outing.

So enjoy it while it lasts and head out for some live music. Here are some good choices for you this weekend.

 

Al Di Meola

One of the highlights of the week will be when legendary jazz-latin fusion guitarist Al Di Meola takes to the stage at Salle Pierre-Mercure on Saturday night. His current tour is in support of his most recent album Elysium while at the same time paying homage to the album Elegant Gypsy which turns 40 this year.

Regulars of the jazzfest should know Di Meola very well, he won the Miles Davis Award back in 2015 for his lifetime of work and is a staple of the jazz community. Spending an evening with this master of both the electric and acoustic guitar is well worth it of you want to see a true professional who is still at the top of his game.

Al Di Meola plays Salle Pierre-Mercure, 300 Boulevard de Maisonneuve E, Saturday, February 25th, 8:00pm, $69.36 – $ 213.07 available through box office.

Emmett McCleary + Sweat + BBQT

On Friday La Vitrola will be hosting a “kickoff party” for Montreal based singer/songwriter Emmett McCleary who will be heading out on a brief but jam packed tour the very next day. His latest track Dream Lover is insanely catchy and currently stuck in my head. Give it a listen, it will most likely get stuck in yours.

Joining Emmett will be Sweat and winner of this week’s most clever band name BBQT.  Say it out loud and you’ll get it, or listen to their self titled track below. Fun and catchy is the name of the game for this show and with three bands for only eight bucks this is a great option for you to consider if you’re looking for something on Friday night and are a little financially challenged.

Emmett McCleary, Sweat and BBQT play La Vitrola, 4602 Boulevard St. Laurent, Friday, February 24th, 9:00pm, $8 / PWYC at the door.

 

 

Kinouk + Cold Folks + Ashpants

On Saturday Fattal is lending its stage to punk rock of the acoustic variety (a.k.a folk punk) with Kinouk, Cold Folks and Ashpants set to play fun, fast, energetic tunes that won’t make your ears bleed. This is perfect for all the old curmudgeons of the world who like to stand up to the establishment at reasonable volumes.

If you don’t know much about these bands or this style of music then give a listen to this live track by Cold Folks. A fun song to begin with, it also features a kazoo solo! Something the world needs more of at this moment in time.

Kinouk, Cold Folks and Ashpants play Fattel, Saturday, February 25th, 10:00pm, $5 / PWYC at the door.

* Featured image courtesy Al Di Meola

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Happy February everyone! If winter’s getting you down then we have a few show suggestions that might warm you up.

Drive-By Truckers

Nothing gets the blood boiling more nowadays than thinking about politics. For those with a political bent we suggest you head over to Théâtre Corona on Tuesday and check out Southern Rock band Drive-By Truckers who’ve been touring and releasing albums for over twenty years without ever backing down from calling it the way they see it.

Their latest album American Band, their most politically charged to date, was released last September before any votes had even been cast in the U.S election. Listening to it now, some of the tracks seem almost prophetic in their outlook and even more relevant then when they were originally released.

Drive-By Truckers play Théâtre Corona, 2490 Notre-Dame West, Tuesday, February 7th, 8:00pm (Doors at 7:00), $37 in advance through box office, $42 at the door.

 

Rock Around the Clock with The Black Moon Boys

On Saturday night the good people of  Jive Studios are hosting a 50s dance party over at La Sala Rossa. On hand to provide the live entertainment will be Montreal based rockabilly band The Black Moon Boys who are a ready to get everyone jumpin’ and jivin’.

What’s more, if you’re interested but not the best dancer they’re offering two courses (rockabilly jive at 8:30pm or boogie-woogie at 9:00pm) to help you get some moves. This is certainly one fun way to get the blood flowing and keep warm on a cold winter night.

The Black Moon Boys play La Sala Rossa, 4848 boul. Saint-Laurent, Saturday, February 4th, 8:00pm, $15 at the door.

 

Priests + Snail Mail + Fred Thomas

Monday night head down to Casa del Popolo to catch Washington, DC-based punk band Priests. With a very 90s riot grrrl sound, you`re sure to sweat away some of that winter cold.

Baltimore`s Snail Mail and Montreal-based rocker Fred Thomas will open. $1 off every ticket sold will go to the Plus 1 Foundation which aims to raise awareness of the educational challenges faced by communities.

Priests with Snail Mail and Fred Thomas play Casa del Popolo, 4873 boul. Saint-Laurent, Monday, February 6th, 9:30pm, $16 at the door

* Featured image of Drive-By Truckers via NPR

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Playing shows this week in Montreal, we have a singer and violinist from Utah, a Norwegian singer/songwriter/pianist, rockers from Brooklyn and a punk-fueled house party that is a Montreal/Hamilton/Cape Breton collaboration. Let’s get started…

Hannah Epperson + St. Lawrence Warehouse Company + Nova + Omhouse

On Thursday Casa Del Popolo will be hosting a jam packed night of music headlined by Hannah Epperson, a violinist and singer who blends traditional folk styles with contemporary sensibilities into a richly layered tapestry of sound. Her songs seem to build on top of themselves and grow as they progress giving the music a very organic flow and rhythm.

Having just released her debut album Upsweep in September, Hannah has taken to the road in support and to give her fans the treat of hearing these interesting tunes done in a live setting. Joining her will be a trio of performers, St. Lawrence Warehouse Company, Nova and Omhouse making this a full evening experience as well as very student friendly considering tickets are only about twelve bucks.

 

Hannah Epperson, St. Lawrence Warehouse Company, Nova and Omhouse play Casa Del Popolo, 4873 Boulevard St-Laurent, Thursday, November 3rd, 8:45pm (Doors at 8:30pm), $11.85 available through indiemontreal.

 

Aurora + Dan Croll

For those who didn’t get enough this weekend, next Monday Norwegian singer/songwriter/pianist Aurora takes her fall tour of North America to Théâtre Corona with the support of Dan Croll. Her first full length album All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend was released last March and has been picking up steam ever since.

Aside from the immediately interesting album title, what you get is a series of tracks that are one part indie-dance-pop and one part piano driven ballad showing the vast range of this young songwriters already impressive talent. With invites to festival circuits and late night talk shows starting to come Aurora’s way this might be a “remember when” moment where you got to see a big talent in a relatively small venue.

 

 Aurora and Dan Croll play Théâtre Corona, 2490 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Monday, November 7th, 8:00pm (Doors at 7:00pm), $22 in advance through the box office or $27 at the door.

 

DIIV

On Saturday you can head over to Théâtre Fairmount where Brooklyn based rockers DIIV will be bringing their post-punk/shoegaze brand of indie rock out on full display. With soaring space rock inspired guitar melodies a driving rhythm section and catchy vocals these guys know how to craft some memorable tunes.

DIIV play Théâtre Fairmount, 5240 Avenue du Parc , Saturday, November 5th, 9:00pm (Doors at 8:00pm), $20 available through the box office.

 

Heroin Hayride + Frankie & Jimmy 

It seems a little odd to preview a house party but if it’s got live music, good bands, beer, wine, food and it’s all at a reasonable price then why not! Saturday night local talents The Heroin Hayride will be teaming up with Hamilton’s own Frankie & Jimmy for evening of foot stomping blues and country that is the epitome of a DIY type of music show.

The organizers would like to point out that they have neighbours so the show will start promptly at 9pm and end by midnight. Those of you familiar with a “Montreal 9” (a.k.a the I’m so cool because I showed up late) might want to rethink your plan this time around.

 Heroin Hayride and Frankie & Jimmy play, 1462 Avenue Laurier East, Saturday, November 5th, 9:00pm (Doors at 8:00pm), PWYC (suggestion $5).

* Featured image of Hannah Epperson via themostdefinitely.com

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In this week’s preview we check out a number of interesting artists, the coolest pool party around and a whole bunch of album launches all the while using some rather dated cultural references. There was a lot to choose from this week and so here’s our top picks for a rather full week of music in Montreal.

Young Paris

Saturday night the Théâtre Fairmount will be hosting Young Paris whose music can be best described as hip hop that’s heavily influenced by both African music and EDM. With an artist who really doesn’t fit one specific mold it’s best to listen to some of his tracks to truly understand his style.

This Brooklyn based rapper, who was born in Paris to Congolese parents, is the embodiment of the modern cosmopolitan artist who wears many hats and combines multiple cultural influences in his creations. If you want to know more about him then stay tuned to FTB dial (editors’s note: No one is going to get that saying old man) because we have an exclusive interview with Young Paris set to hit our airwaves real soon! (editor’s note: Seriously airwaves, what world do you live in) 

Young Paris plays Théâtre Fairmount, 5240, Avenue du Parc, Saturday, October 22nd, 9:00pm (Doors at 8:00pm), $12 available through the box office.

The Jessica Stuart Few + Corinna Rose

If you’re looking for something a little different then head on over to Café Resonance on Saturday to check out Vancouver born Toronto based The Jessica Stuart Few whose third album The Passage is a self-proclaimed “musical adventurousness in these somewhat predictable musical times.” Jessica is a singer/songwriter who plays the guitar and the koto, a 13 stringed traditional Japanese instrument that plays a prominent role in her unique sound.

Joining her will be local folk singer/songwriter/banjo player/guitarist Corinna Rose who can deliver some of the most beautifully heartbreaking tunes you will ever hear. Here’s the perfect song to listen to while biking along the canal in the fall (I’m pretty sure that’s what they’re doing at the end of this video).

The Jessica Stuart Few and Corinna Rose play Café Resonance, 5175A Avenue du Parc, Saturday, October 22nd, 9:00pm, $11.34 available through the box office.

Dans les Abysses with Dopplereffekt + DJ Stingray and More

For anyone who likes EDM, free concerts, swimming or all the above this is the show for you. On Sunday Red Bull Music Academy and MUTEK Montreal are hosting what can only be described as a “multi-layered” musical experience where the Olympic pool will be fitted with speakers underwater, at water surface level and at ground level while DJ Stingray, Dopplereffekt, Lorenzo Senni, Joel Cahen, Selfir, Cao, and Sign Libra spin their tunes.

The organizers would like to remind you that in order to access the pool you need to be wearing a bathing suit and either be barefoot or wearing sandals. This seems like a formality since it makes no sense to miss the opportunity to go for the coolest swim of your life!

The show is free but tickets are limited so get yours in advance.

 Dans les Abysses occurs at Parc olympique de Montréal, 4141 Pierre-De Coubertin, Sunday, October 23rd, 10:00pm to 3:00am, free, tickets available through the box office.

Blue Sky Miners + Tim Moxam

On Monday night Canadian artists Blue Sky Miners (who recently put out their self-titled debut EP) and Tim Moxam (whose latest album Soft Summer just came out) will be taking to Le Cagibi’s stage in support of their recent releases. Both acts fall a little into the country genre, a little into folk and with an ever so small dose of indie music.

In a moment of solid logic they’ve decided to team up for a brief tour of the eastern side of our country in order to give fans a full evening of new music. These tunes are so fresh that the promoters have officially promised the bands will play “never before heard songs.”

Blue Sky Miners and Tim Moxam play Le Cagibi, 5490 Boulevard St. Laurent, Monday, October 24th, event time and tickets TBA so check out their event page.

* Featured image of Jessica Stewart

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This week we’re focusing on the local scene by highlighting the best shows of the week that have at least one Montreal based band in the performance. This was incredibly easy to do, if you take the time to look you can always find some great musicians just around the corner from you.

So take the time, and give these shows a look.

Paper Lions + How Sad

Thursday night you can head over to Théâtre Fairmount and check out and all-Canadian lineup of indie rock inspired dance music. Headlining the event will be East Coast indie electro pop rockers Paper Lions who recently released Full Colour, an album you should consider putting on your radar.

Joining them will be local electro artists How Sad who will make you clearly happy to have gotten off your butt to get out of the house for an up tempo evening of music. I suspect that no one will be sitting during this one as both bands are the type that make you want to get up and dance.

Paper Lions and How Sad play Théâtre Fairmount, 5240, Avenue du Parc, Thursday, October 13th, 8:00pm (Doors at 7:00pm), $12 available through the box office.

Future States + Run Coyote + Pallice 

On Sunday Casa del Popolo will be hosting the album launch and concert for local indie rockers Future States who will be releasing Casual Listener later this month. I suspect if you ask them really nicely they’ll play a few tunes from the upcoming release.

Joining them will be another local act Pallice and Run Coyote, whose 2014 release Youth Haunts was met with a great response from music critics across the country and who are about to get back in the studio to finish up a new album. We have it on good authority that they’ll be trying some of the new tracks on unsuspecting audiences during this current tour so if you want fresh music then this is the show to check out.

Future States, Run Coyote and Pallice play Casa del Popolo, 4873 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Sunday, October 16th, 9:00pm (Doors at 8:30pm), $1o available through lfttckt.

Plants & Animals + The Weather Station

On Saturday Montreal based indie rock trio  Plants & Animals will be joined by The Weather Station at Théâtre Corona. Another of the hidden gems in the Montreal music scene, these guys have been at it since 2008, releasing four full length albums in that time.

Their latest release Waltzed in from the Rumbling came out earlier this year and has done nothing but impress music critics and fans alike. They’ll be travelling through Canada for the next two months with this being the only Montreal date, so don’t miss out on the opportunity!

Plants & Animals and The Weather Station play Théâtre Corona, 2490 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Saturday, October 15th, 8:00pm (Doors at 7:30pm), $24.50 ($27 at the door) available through box office.

Nots + The World + Cheap Wig

The coolest rock show of the week will be on Friday night when Nots, The World and Cheap Wig play as part of a Blue Skies Turn Black showcase. This will be a mix of punk and garage rock from some bands who are known for killer live shows.

 Nots, The World and Cheap Wig play Casa del Popolo, 4873 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Friday, October 14th, 9:00pm (Doors at 8:00pm), $1o ($13 at the door) available through box office.

* Featured Image: paperlions.com

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This week we take a look at a number of artists who’ve hit the scene in the last five years and seem to be getting bigger and better with every album. It’s a long weekend so with the extra free time why not go to an extra show!

Kongos + The Joy Formidable

This Saturday you can head down to Metropolis and check out Kongos, four brothers from an obviously very musical family whose last name happens to be, you guessed it, Kongos. Talk about the easiest discussion ever for what the band name should be. Also how great is it that all of them can say the band’s named after them.

Ok enough digressing, let’s talk about the band. Last June they released their latest album Egomaniac and this fall they’re on their way through North America in support. Give them a listen and you can hear the musical influence that their birthplace of South Africa has had on these four guys who grew up in Arizona.

Joining them will be Welsh rockers The Joy Formidable who are currently on tour on our side of the pond in support of their third studio album Hitch which was released last June. This band has the versatility to play simple acoustic songs, stirring ballads and when need be kick some ass as a powerful rock band that sounds a lot bigger than its three members.

Kongos and The Joy Formidable play Metropolis, 59 Ste. Catherine Street East, Saturday, October 8th, 8:00pm (Doors at 6:30pm), $29.50 to 38.30 through the box office.

Tom Odell

For those who aren’t too stuffed with turkey you can keep the long weekend going on Monday night at Théâtre Corona where English singer-songwriter Tom Odell will be playing as part of his current tour that spans our continent in order to support of his most recent album Wrong Crowd released last June.

Tom has keen sense at crafting pop tunes, choruses that stick in your head and piano melodies that always feel right. If you don’t know him then I suggest you watch this video because you also get the added bonus of seeing Kevin Spacey climb stairs over and over again.

Tom Odell plays Théâtre Corona, 2490 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Monday, October 10th, 8:00pm (Doors at 7:00pm), $27 ($30 day of the show) through the box office.

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

If you casually surf YouTube for long enough you’ll probably come across a clip or two by the music collective Postmoden Jukebox who are known for taking current rock and pop hits and reworking them into jazz, swing and other early 20th century forms of music. Started in 2011 by jazz pianist Scott Bradlee, this ever changing lineup of musicians has had a series of viral hits which has allowed them to transcend our computer screens and enter the real world in the form of a live tour.

This Saturday they’ll be coming to Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier which is an appropriate venue considering that at it’s root this is a professional jazz show. Perhaps the initial reason people click on a clip is because of the song title but the reason they stick around is because of the interesting arrangements and high level of musicianship.

Now please click on this clip because of the title!

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox plays Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, 175 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Saturday, October 8th, 8:00pm. $53 to $254 through the box office.

* Featured Image: postmodernjukebox.com

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From hip hop to synth pop to nerd rock and back again we’ve got it all in this week’s preview. Well actually we’ve got three things and then it repeats. Apologies, I was going for an exciting first sentence and overshot a little.

On a very expected note: keep an eye out next week for our Pop Montreal preview which will be coming to you on Wednesday in order to coincide with the start of the fest.

SonReal

Coming to town next Tuesday is Vancouver based Hip Hop artist SonReal who after years of hard work pumping out great music for free is finally starting to put together some real buzz both here and south of the border. Such is the life of an artist in 2016, give them great stuff for free and hopefully at some point you’ll get a return on your investment.

It’s good to see that all the hard work is paying off as this current tour is taking SonReal to all corners of North America and has him playing to increasingly larger crowds. I suggest that it’s best to see him now because next time he’s in town it might be a little harder to get tickets… and a little more pricey.

SonReal plays Théâtre Fairmount, 5240 Avenue du Parc, Tuesday, September 20th, 8:30pm (Doors at 7:30), $20 + s.c, buy tickets from the box office.

Honey Beard + La Mécanique

For anyone looking for something to do in the UQAM area of town on Friday night, I suggest you head over to M Bar where Toronto based electro synth pop duo Honey Beard will be taking to the stage as part of their Canadian tour in support of their debut album Thousand Million Things. Joining them will be local act La Mécanique who are a rather new group that also draw heavily on those synthtastic sounds that should make you want to get up and dance.

The music might feel 80s inspired but the drink prices will remind you of the 90s as the organizers have promised a happy hour with pints at $4 and pitchers at $10. With the cover being only $5 this is the hands down ideal show to check out this week for students on a budget.

 Honey Beard and La Mécanique play M Bar, 1245 Saint-André, Friday, September 16th, 10:00pm , $5.

Double Experience + East of Sunday + Lunar Trees

On Saturday night Ottawa nerd rockers Double Experience will be taking over The Pioneer’s stage for the first show of a cross Canada tour in support of their newest album Unsaved Progress. If you’re not catching the references I’ll spell it out: this band is passionate about video games which is reflected in the underlying themes of their music.

More apparent to non-video game savvy listeners is that Double Experience are a solid rock band with well crafted and catchy tunes that have crossover appeal to fans of different music genres.

Rounding out the bill are two local acts, East of Sunday and Lunar Trees who are great rock bands in their own right. Put it all together and this show is a full evening of rock and roll for the reasonable price of 10 bucks!

Double Experience, East of Sunday and Lunar Trees play Resto Bar Le Pionnier, 286 Lakeshore Road, Pointe-Claire, Saturday, September 17th, 8:30pm (Doors at 8:00), $10, 18+.

11th annual Hip Hop You Don’t Stop

For fear of it getting drowned out by the Pop Montreal coverage, we’ve pushed the preview of this important community event up by a week. Next Wednesday to Sunday (21st to 25th) a series of multidisciplinary events focused on the arts is taking place in the Côte-des-Neiges and Notre-Dame-de-Grâce boroughs aimed at engaging young people and inspiring them to participate positively in urban arts and Hip Hop culture.

A schedule on the facebook event page will show you the overall list of activities that gives a full picture of the scope of this festival. Being a music column we’re going to focus on the Queens and Kings Showcase which highlights talented young artists in the Montreal Hip Hop scene who will be performing this year under the theme of “Artistic collaboration between men and women.”

The event culminates on Sunday at N.D.G (a.k.a. Girouard) Park with a day long event entitled Elementakiza which is an interdisciplinary, intergenerational day long series of performances and activities combined with a barbecue, tacos and jerk chicken on the menu. You can even get your hair cut!

All activities in this festival are free and all-ages and I’m betting they really don’t care if you actually live in the community. If you’re not a kid or have kids you can still participate by being part of the crowd and showing your support.

HHYDS Showcase Queens and Kings plays Centre d’Essai de l’Université de Montréal, 2332, boul. Édouard-Montpetit 6th floor,  Friday, September 23rd, 6:00pm (till 11pm), free.

HHYDS Elementakiza happens at Parc Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, corner Sherbrooke and Girouard,  Sunday, September 25th, 11:00am (till 1opm), free.

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Well labour day has come and gone which means the kids are back to school (teehee, sucks to be you kids!) fantasy football is back, the days are getting shorter and sadly the summer music fests are all but over. The shows this week are therefore going to be slowly transitioning into more and more indoor events.

Fortunately there are some great shows to look forward to in the near future. Starting with…

Selah Sue

Next Wednesday you can head over to Théâtre Corona and check out Belgian singer/songerwriter Selah Sue who is currently on tour in support of her second album Reason. Selah has been a success on the other side of the Atlantic ever since the release of her self titled debut album back in 2011.

If you listen to a few of her tracks you can see why. Beautifully arranged music that always seems to feel like the swell of a wave before it crashes over top of you is layered in behind Selah’s rich introspective vocals. Selah is definitely this week’s award winner for best artist you’ve never heard of but lucky for you there is some time between now and next Wednesday’s show to change that.

Selah Sue plays Théâtre Corona, 2490 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Wednesday, September 14th, 8:00pm (Doors at 7:00), $27.50 + s.c. in advance / $32.50 + s.c. day of show, tickets available through boxoffice.

All Aboard + The Honest Heart Collective + Hometown Lights + Bordeen + Caraway 

The best option for an indie rock/hometown show this week is happening on Saturday night at La Vitrola where no less than five great local(ish) acts will be hitting the stage to entertain you for the very reasonable price of ten dollars. All Aboard, The Honest Heart CollectiveHometown LightsBordeen and Caraway are all Canadian artists who will make you realize that you don’t have to go far to find good music.

This show should be an intimate, energetic and tightly packed evening of music so don’t complain if you leave a bit sweaty and with some ringing in your ears. Also don’t forget to bring some cash for the merch table, the lifeblood of the indie band tour budget.

All Aboard, The Honest Heart Collective, Hometown Lights, Bordeen and Caraway  play La Vitrola, 4602 Boulevard St Laurent, Saturday, September 1oth, 8:00pm (Doors at 7:00), $10 ($12 at the door) tickets available through lifttckt.

Slayer + Anthrax + Death Angel

Metal fans should take note of one of the biggest shows to hit our area this year outside of the festival circuit. These three thrashtastic pioneers have been doing what they do since the early 80’s and don’t seem to be showing any signs of slowing down.

I’m not going to speak about the bands at length or link to any of their websites. Fact is, these guys don’t need any promo, this is more of a friendly reminder that they’ll be hitting Metropolis next Tuesday. Now here’s four hours of Slayer music just because…

Slayer, Anthrax and Death Angel play Metropolis, 59 Rue Sainte-Catherine East, Tuesday, September 13th, 8:00pm (Doors at 6:30), $69.50 + s.c. in advance / $75.00 + s.c. day of show, tickets available through box office.

Villa Paradizo

If you’re looking for a fun outdoor activity this weekend but the money isn’t really flowing at the moment you might want to consider Villa Paradizo, the free EDM festival taking place on Crescent and De Maisonneuve this Friday and Saturday. The third installment of this fest has a mix of local and international DJs that will be spinning from 11 am to 11 pm on both days.

For anyone who might have trouble in a crowd or who enjoys spending money at free shows keep in mind all the bars in the area are the best (and only) seats in the house. They’re asking for you to call and make reservations in advance if you want a spot.

The downside is you have to pay “Bar on Crescent between De Maisonneuve and St Catherine” prices for drinks. Personally I’d save the money and go be part of the crowd on the street.

Villa Paradizo happens on the corner of Crescent and De Maisonneuve, Friday and Saturday, September 9th and 1oth, 11:00am to 11pm, free.

* Featured image: Selah Sue via YouTube

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This week is very yellow line centered as two festivals hit Île Sainte-Hélène at the same time, I tell you the coolest (or maybe it’s the most random) thing you could do tonight and we actually mention a local band (Les Breastfeeders) amidst this sea of summer festivals.

Heavy Montreal

For anyone into the metal/hard rock scene the angry little brother of our city’s festival season Heavy Montreal takes over Parc Jean Drapeau for it’s ninth’s edition this Saturday and Sunday. Around since 2008, this fest has steadily grown in popularity and has even seen a re-branding from it’s earlier incarnation Heavy Mtl (or heavy metal!!!!) in order to hopefully gain some crossover appeal and attract fans from a wider variety of musical tastes.

A little piece of advice for the organizers: you can change the name of the fest all you want but when you book bands like Five Finger Death Punch, Disturbed, Nightwish, Killswitch Engage, Napalm Death and Hatebreed to play then who are you kidding, it’s a bloody metal show! I guess their idea of diversity is a couple of headliners that are more hard rock than metal.

For those who don’t want to leave the island or pay the rather ummmm heavy ticket prices there’s also a Heavy in the City aspect to the fest with a bunch of smaller shows and after parties you can attend for a fraction of the cost. For example on Sunday you can head down to L’Astral and check out Cult of Luna as part of the official after party.

The most interesting off site activity by far is taking place Thursday night at Concordia University where organizers Grimposium are hosting a screening of the new film Death by Metal followed by a bilingual panel discussion with members of the industry as well as the director Felipe Belalcazar.

This will be followed by the coolest thing you could possibly do tonight, a workshop on how to sing death metal vocals. That and the fact the event is totally free makes this my hands down top pick of the week!

Heavy Montreal plays Plaine Des Jeux at Parc Jean Drapeau, Saturday and Sunday, August 6th and 7th, tickets $149.50 or 275 through Heavy Montreal.

Cult of Luna play L’Astral, 305 Rue Saint-Cahterine Ouest, Sunday, August 7th, 11:45pm (Doors at 10:45pm), tickets $21.50 through Heavy Montreal.

Grimposium presents Death by Metal at Concordia University, VA114 Cinéma, 1395 René-Lévesque Ouest, Thursday August 4th, 7pm, free ($5 suggested donation)

ÎleSoniq

Also taking place at Parc Jean Drapeau this Friday and Saturday will be one of our newer and more musically specific festivals, ÎleSoniq, which basically turns part of Île Sainte-Hélène into a big outdoor rave. This event is also expansive in it’s secondary options available to people who want to stay on the island of Montreal in the form of a series of afterparties.

ÎleSoniq plays Parterre du Parc Jean Drapeau, Friday and Saturday, August 5th and 6th, tickets $95 to $250 available through ÎleSoniq boxoffice.

Yellow Line Fashion Show

For those paying attention to the dates you’ll notice that on Saturday afternoon there will be an overlap of people heading to Île Sainte-Hélène for both ÎleSoniq and Heavy Montreal. The festivals are obviously separate but anyone taking the yellow line will be treated to quite a display of strikingly different fashion senses.

Les Breastfeeders + OL’ CD + Hobo Lord

For those who want a straight up kick ass rock show I suggest you head down to L’Escogriffe on Saturday where Montreal’s own Les Breastfeeders will be playing with the support of two Toronto acts OL’ CD and Hobo Lord. Take a little pinch of punk, a dash of surf, mix it with a three and a half minute garage rock song and you’ve got the recipe for the evening.

In festival season we sometimes get locked into trying to see the biggest and best international acts around. There’s nothing wrong with that but it’s important to remember there are some seriously talented local acts ready to give you their all… and for a much more affordable price.

 Les Breastfeeders, OL’ CD and Hobo Lord play L’Escogriffe, 4467 Saint-Denis, Saturday, August 6th, tickets $10.

* Featured image from Heavy Montreal 2013 by Chris Zacchia

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On tap this time around: I completely ignore the last few days of the Jazzfest and give you some great date ideas for a rainy Saturday night, tell you the best places to rock out for the next week and feebly attempt deep musical analysis.

Also keep an eye out for FTB’s preview/review of KickDrum Summer Marathon which is a brand new fest here in Montreal that’s six days, seven venues and over 50 bands worth of  “100% Montreal-based artists.”

Abigail & Bliss + The History of Gunpowder

At this time of year The Main is usually abuzz with festivals, street fairs and general night time rowdiness. If you’re around on Saturday night I suggest detouring over to Prince Arthur, finding a nice bring your own wine place for dinner (author’s recommendation: Le Square) and then heading to Petit Campus to check out Abigail & Bliss

This local act has been around since 2010 and have recently released their first full length album. Here’s the track Night Bus which for me brings back memories of taking the 356 home after a big night out. Maybe you took a different bus route but the experience for everyone seems to be the same.

Joining them on stage will be the self proclaimed “six-piece freak out orchestra” The History of Gunpowder. If that doesn’t sound crazy enough they’ve decided to enlist the help of two local burlesque dancers Fifi Fantôme and Sugar Vixen to add to the live show insanity.

Abigail & Bliss and The History of Gunpowder play Petit Campus, 57 Prince-Arthur Est, Saturday, July 9th, 10:00pm (Doors at 9:0pm), $10.

The Cult + The Damn Truth

Certainly the big show of the week will be taking place at the Metropolis on Sunday night where British rockers The Cult will swinging by our fair city as part of a summer of touring. In February they released their new album Hidden City which holds true to the signature sounds that fans of the band have come to know and love.

Heavy guitars, Morrisonesque vocals and a driving rhythm section will be in abundance on Sunday for you hard rockers to enjoy.

If that wasn’t enough you’ll also get to see local rockers The Damn Truth who are coming out with their new album Devilish Folk on July 8th! A couple weeks ago they released a video for the track Heart Is Cold. Does anyone else think the beginning reminds you a bit of the cheerleaders in the Teen Spirit video?

The Cult and The Damn Truth play Metropolis, 59 St Catherine East, Sunday, July 10th, 8:00pm (Doors at 6:30pm), $48 in advance through box office ($53 at the door).

Ashbringer + Vow of Thorns + Spectral Wound

If you’re into either black metal or partying on Tuesdays (or both, cause who isn’t) then I suggest you head down to Casa Del Popolo and check out Ashbringer, Vow of Thorns and Spectral Wound. This show is not for the weak of ear, expect an intense sonic experience from all three acts.

I particularly like the Ashbringer track Oceans Apart which pulls you in, pushes you away then pulls you back in again. Kinda like and Ocean if you think about it… and there’s my terrible attempt at being deep.

 Ashbringer, Vow of Thorns and Spectral Wound play Casa Del Popolo, 4873 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Tuesday, July 12th, 9:00pm (Doors at 8:00pm), $5.

Grand Splendid + Rust Eden + Das Blankout

For those who were planning on enjoying their Saturday with a nice summer day outside: don’t. It’s supposed to rain and be an overall terribly miserable day, perfect for listening to indie rock at an indoor music venue.

As luck would have it, three local acts of the indie variety (Grand Splendid, Rust Eden and Das Blankout) will be performing that evening at a place with four wall and a roof. Check out the dreamy, intensely eerie track All Good Things for an example of what to expect.

Grand Splendid, Rust Eden and Das Blankout play Casa Del Popolo, 4873 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Saturday, July 9th, 9:00pm (Doors at 8:30pm), $6 in advance through box office ($8 at the door).

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Bonne Saint-Jean à tous et à toutes! That’s right, it’s  that magic week of early summer celebrations where half the province starts packing for their moves and the other half goes out and parties.

If you want advice on moving you’ve come to the wrong place. Here are some suggestions for the half that’s looking to get out of the house and live it up a little.

The Feedbackers + The Holds + Juliana & Jesse

For those who started their St-Jean off last night hopefully you’ve saved a bit of energy for the rest of the weekend because the next couple of days are packed with great shows. One such example is at Sala Rosa tonight where three local acts will be taking to the stage for a very fun, eclectic (and reasonably priced) evening of music.

The event is hosted and headlined by The Feedbackers so expect a hot sweaty evening of rock and roll perfect for the third day of summer. Adding to the mix will be blues based rock ban The Holds (who have already been reviewed by FTB) and acoustic duo Juliana & Jesse who are set to release a new single on Canada Day.

The Feedbackers, The Holds and Juliana & Jesse play Sala Rosa, 4848 St. Laurent, Friday, June 24th, 8:00pm (Doors 7:30pm), tickets $10 ($12 at the door).

Paddle to the Sea + The Magic Hats + Ill Minds + Allison Allison Allison

For those looking for the most cost efficient show of the weekend you should head over to Crobar on Saturday night where you get to see Paddle to the Sea, The Magic Hats, Ill Minds and Allison Allison Allison for the all inclusive price of five dollars! This show has the side benefit that Crobar has one of the nicest rooftop terasses in the downtown area, so in between acts you can go cool off with a nice pint outside on a warm summer night.

Usually I anoint one band the ‘coolest band of the week’, well this time around I’m just going to call this whole evening the ‘coolest show of the week’ which might be quite literally the case if it’s a bit breezy on Saturday night.

Paddle to the Sea, The Magic Hats, Ill Minds and Allison Allison Allison play Crobar, 1221 Crescent, Saturday, June 25th, 8:00pm (Doors 7:00pm), tickets $5 (at the door only).

Steve Gunn & The Outliners + Promised Land Sound + Nathan Bowles

What better way to end your St-Jean weekend then to head on over to La Vitrola on Sunday where you can check out Brooklyn based singer-songwriter Steve Gunn who is on tour right now with Promised Land Sound and Nathan Bowles. This well rounded show should be the perfect vibe for a lazy Sunday night.

Steve Gunn & The Outliners, Promised Land Sound and Nathan Bowles play La Vitrola, 4602 St. Laurent, Sunday, June 26th, 9:00pm (Doors 8:30pm), tickets $12 ($15 at the door) available through lfttckt.

Notre Dame De Grass

Well it’s that time of year again kids, Jazzfest is starting! While the bulk of the previews will be in the upcoming weeks, the first performances start next Wednesday making the opening day of the festival fall within this week’s preview.

It will be interesting to see if we ever get to previewing any actual jazz music and for this week at least the answer is no. This week’s suggestion for the best way to start off your Jazzfesting is with local bluegrass band Notre Dame de Grass.

Aside from their amazing  (and highly accurate) band name, these guys can really play and so for anyone who missed them at this year’s Folk Fest, well here’s your second chance!

Notre Dame De Grass play Jazzfest, Place Heineken (Sainte-Catherine / Bleury), Wednesday, June 29th, 5:00pm and 7:00pm, free.

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. We can’t be everywhere and can’t write about everything, but we do our best!

* Featured image of The Feedbackers via Facebook

This week we’ll check in with Nomadic Massive who launch their new album tonight, I try to make a segue-way from hip hop to punk rock, Pierre Kwender’s music is compared to soup, I excessively brag about my clearly very average ability to search for things on the internet and much more!

Nomadic Massive Album launch

Tonight you can head down to Groove Nation where Montreal Hip Hop mainstays Nomadic Massive will be hosting and event to release their latest album The Big Band Theory. Around since 2004, the multiethnic – multilingual supergroup has been touring and performing with the best of them for the past three years but tonight they’re back home to give the local scene a first listen to their newest tracks.

They’ve already released a few singles and if the rest of the album sounds like this we’re in for quite a ride. Check out the groovy, trumpet heavy Any Sound to see what I mean.

Nomadic Massive release their album at  Groove Nation, 410 Rachel East,  Thursday, June 2nd, 9:00pm (Doors at 8:00pm), $10.

Naive Melodie

This Saturday you can multitask by combining your dancing, your donating money to a good cause and your ‘trying to look cool by showing up at the same party where members of Arcade Fire are also partying all into one evening. That’s because Win Butler, Herve K, Regine Chassagne and D.L. Jones have combined forces to host a dance party at the Théâtre Fairmount in order to raise funds for kanpe.org an organization dedicated to helping rebuild Haiti.

The show promises performances by Windows 98 (the not so cryptic DJ name of Mr. Butler), LexisPierre KwendersRa Ra BandKassedo and Surprise Guests.

Wanting to crack the code of who the “surprise guest” could be I set off on an epic journey through the deep web to uncover the mystery. Turns out the first thing you get when you search this event on facebook is a post by organizer D.L. Jones promising that “Kid Koala will be leading a conga line with his portable turntable.”

Surprise guests or not, the scheduled performers should be enough to peak your interest. Keep an eye out for Pierre Kwenders, the Congolese-Canadian singer-rapper who performs in four different languages and seamlessly blends styles from all over the world into one yummy bowl of musical soup. Mmmmmmmm soup.


Windows 98, Lexis, Pierre Kwenders, Ra Ra Band, Kassedo and Surprise Guests play Théâtre Fairmount, 5240 Avenue du Parc,  Saturday, June 4th, 10:00pm (till 3:00am), $10 at the door or through the box office.

N.Y.C Punk Showcase

On a completely unrelated note, on Friday you can head over to Casa Del Popolo to check out the very accurately named N.Y.C Punk Showcase. A trio of New York’s finest punk bands (Mommy, Haram and Nandas) will be teaming up with two local acts (Gazm and Faze) to give you a whole lot of punk rock for only ten bucks!

I’ve now said punk three times in two sentences (make that 4-in-3, 5 if you count the title) in an attempt to drive home the very straightforward theme of this show. To further illustrate, here’s a song that’s less than a minute and a half long by this week’s “coolest band you’ve never heard of” Montreal’s own Gasm.

Mommy, Haram, Nandas, Gazm and Faze play Casa Del Popolo, 4873 Boulevard St-Laurent, Friday, June 3rd, 10:00pm (Doors at 9:00pm), $10. Tickets at the door or through lifttckt.

Cherry Chérie + Samuele

If you’re into rockabilly then on Saturday you can swing (pun somewhat intended) by Divan Orange where Cherry Chérie will be playing as part of an Indiemontreal / Fringefest showcase. The event will most certainly have a 50’s dance vibe so no sitting in the corner staring at your shoes!

Joining them on stage will be singer/songwriter Samuele whose blusey rock style will also transport you back in time a little and fit in nicely with the style of the evening.

Cherry Chérie and Samuele play Le Divan Orange, 4234 Boulevard St-Laurent, Saturday, June 4th, 9:30pm (Doors at 8:30pm), $10 at the Door or through Indiemontreal box office.

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. We can’t be everywhere and can’t write about everything, but we do our best!

On tap this week, we check in with the boys from A Devil’s Din who are set to launch their second album, excessive use of the backslash occurs in describing Mykki Blanco, relief is offered to allergy sufferers and two songs are reviewed based on their drum fills. With all that promised how can you not read on!

A Devil’s Din Skylight Record Launch and Listening Party

If you’re looking for something to do tonight then look no further than O Patro Vys where local prog/psch rockers A Devil’s Din will be launching their second album Skylight in style with a listening party.

Along with a CD of the aforementioned album, if you show up you’ll get music (in the form of Light Bulb Alley’s own Jimmi Quinn spinning some tunes), art (in the form of Hyperdoodling), magic (could be a joke, not sure), and a vegan buffet (definitely not a joke, vegans never joke about a good buffet).

To wet your appetite FTB has secured the rights to the exclusive premier of the new track Phaze Ulysses and I must say if the rest of the album sounds like this, it’s in your interest to pick up a copy. Lovers of a good drum fill (something which is a lost art in modern pop music) will especially take note of this driving powerful tune.

A Devil’s Din release their album Skylight at O Patro Vys, 356 ave Mont-Royal East, Thursday, May 26th, 8:00pm, $10, 18+.

Courtney Barnett

On Sunday you can head over to the Metropolis and see Melbourne native and recent Grammy nominee, Courtney Barnett. After the success of her first full length album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit the singer songwriter has been on quite a high and that has manifested itself into a North American tour.

Known for a deadpan delivery of lyrics that have a storytelling wit, Barnett has a way of capturing the listener and drawing them into the song with her. For any sufferer of allergies I suggest you check out the track Avant Gardener as it might become your personal anthem.

Courtney Barnett plays Metropolis, 59 Sainte-Catherine East, Sunday, May 29th, 8:00pm (Doors at 6:30), $29 ($32 at the doors), buy tickets through Metropolis box office.

Mykki Blanco + Doldrums + Gayance + River Lance

If you’re looking for a great dance/hip hop show (for a great price too!) you can go see Mykki Blanco at Théâtre Fairmount this Friday. The American rapper/writer/activist/performance artist/clearly very busy individual who is impossible to sum up in a sentence is on tour right now and not to be missed.

Joining Blanco on stage will be a trio of other performers, Doldrums, Gayance and River Lance making this a very full evening of music that will most likely inspire you to get up and dance. Actually, why wait till Friday, check out this new track from Doldrums and get up and dance now.

Mykki Blanco, Doldrums, Gayance and River Lance play Théâtre Fairmount, 5240 Avenue du Parc, Friday, May 27th, 9:00pm (Doors at 8:00), $20, buy tickets through Théâtre Fairmount box office or at the door, 18+.

Ought + Palm + Complications + The Submissives

If you want to get your indie rock on this week I suggest you head down to the Matahari Loft on Saturday where a (mostly) local collection of artists will be hitting the stage for a jam packed night of tunes. Back home after a brief but hectic US tour this month, this week’s “coolest band you should have heard of” Ought will be headlining the event.

Joining them will be the lone out of towers Palm and two more local acts Complications and The Submissives.  With the styles of these bands being difficult to classify and very different from one another this is by far the most eclectic show this week.

Actually you can hear a wide variety of styles in just one track by Palm. Yet again we find a tune dripping with sweet juicy drum fills which I know we all enjoy. Mmmmmmm drum fills….

Ought, Palm, Complications and The Submissives play Matahari Loft, 1673 Mount Royal East, Saturday, May 28th, 9:30pm (Doors at 9:00), $10, buy tickets through lfttckt.