Hey you! Yes you! Go see these shows this week!

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15

UNER + Mayssam @ Habitat

This one’s for all you club kids out there. Winner of best newcomer of the 2013 DJ Awards, Lleida, Spain’s UNER specializes in minimal house and techno with a definitively smooth European flavour. The club scene is really not my thing, and usually when I see the words “minimal house” my mind draws a total blank. That being said, there’s definitely something refreshing about UNER that sets him apart from many of his contemporaries.

When: 10 p.m.
Where: 1248 rue de la Montagne
How much: $25 ($20 pre-sale at Kafein and Atom Heart)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16

MUTANK + Squalor + CroMagnum @ Barfly

Montreal band MUTANK strip away all the superfluous nonsense to give you pure thrash metal at its simplest and punchiest. There could be no better venue to see them in. Ah, the smell of dingy bar sweat and cheap beer. Good times.

When: 9 p.m.
Where: 4062 St-Laurent
How much: $5

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17

Scale the Summit + The Reign of Kindo + JOLLY @ Il Motore

Scale the Summit are touring in support of their fourth album, The Migration, released earlier this year. Their music, as does their name, evokes that tingly feeling you get when you’re about to embark on an adventure. Get there early and catch NYC’s JOLLY.

When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: 179 Jean-Talon o.
How much: $15

For all of Montreal’s fans of beat-making, hip-hop, R&B, house, and electronic music, it would be unwise to be anywhere but Le Belmont this Friday. The 25-year-old English producer Lapalux will be performing as part of a month-long North American tour, bringing his boundary-pushing yet accessible brand of music to Montreal for a rare appearance that is surely not to be missed.

Born Stuart Howard, the Essex native is riding momentum from his debut album Nostalchic, released earlier this year on Flying LotusBrainfeeder record label. Lapalux’s music defies simple categorization, being all at once somber, soulful, abstract, unsettling, and beautiful.

 

There is an undeniable sense of care and thought that goes into every note in Lapalux’s repertoire, and listening to his music can incite deep self-reflection. Without complex lyrical content, he urges the listeners to look inward and speculate about life, love, and dance.

Lapalux’s atmospheric soundscapes capture the solemnity and heart of every day life and their constant intersections. These themes are put on display in the recent short film Chrysalis by Nick Rutter which is scored by Lapalux.

 

Compared with other artists of similar styles, Lapalux stands alone as one whose music carries a distinct weight. It is not simply party music, though it will make you move. Each song voices a statement, even if it is heard through our subconscious. Simply put, this is music that must be heard.

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Lapalux will be playing at Le Belmont Friday, September 13, and will be supported by Construct, Bus, and Sibian & Faun.