This week we’re focused on the local music scene with some great shows that, in some cases, are for very worthy causes. The forecast for this weekend is sexy sunshine all the way through so tell your roommate you’re wearing the flip-flops this weekend cause you’ve got some shows to go to!

Nancy Pants + L.A. Witch + Femme Accident

Head over to L’Escogriffe on Friday and check out Nancy Pants, winner of this week’s coveted “coolest band you should have heard of” award. If you want to know more about this Montreal based trio then check out the exclusive interview they gave to FTB just after the launch of their first album.

Joining them on the stage will be West Coast rockers L.A Witch who are in the midst of ripping through the North East of our continent on tour in support of The Kills. Lucky for us they’ve decided to swing by our fair city to give us a good dose fuzzy reverb.

Rounding out the show will be Femme Accident whose synthy surf rock sound and mellow vocals will be perfect for a warm summer night.

 With a solid lineup top to bottom and tickets being only ten bucks it’s no surprise this show tops our list.

Nancy Pants, L.A. Witch and Femme Accident play l’Escogriffe, 4467 Boul. Saint-Denis,  Friday, May 20th, 9:00pm, $10, 18+.

Syngja Album Launch

Later this month Montreal musicians Syngja are set to release their debut album Lang Amma. Tonight though they will be hitting the Rialto stage for an album release show.

Their music is a combination of new and old: Trippy electronica, psychedelic pop and hypnotizing vocals are mixed with traditional Icelandic folk music and “a cappella tape recordings of Syngja’s Icelandic great-grandmother” to form a mesmerizing and very unique listening experience.

For those looking to see a show outside the rock bar experience, this is the one for you.

Syngja play Théâtre Rialto, 5723 Ave. Du Parc , Thursday, May 19, 9:00pm (Doors 8:30pm), $17.

Fort Mac Fire Fund

I think the title of the show says it all. The recent devastation in and around Fort McMurray has certainly been in the thoughts and minds of people across the country.

Four local acts: Jimmi Quinni (of Light Bulb Alley), Hollis and AmelieGentle Mystic (aka Ceilidh Michelle) and Jesse Chase have taken upon themselves to do a fundraiser for the devastated region. So head down to Chez Boris Friday night to hear some good music for a good cause!

 Jimmi Quinni, Hollis and Amelie, Gentle Mystic and Jesse Chase play Chez Boris , 5151 Parc Ave, Friday, May 20, 8:00pm, pay what you can at the door.

Towanda + Heathers + Five Eyes + Lenition + Big Sissy

Speaking of good causes you can support, why not head down tonight to Brasserie Beaubien where there will be a fundraiser for the Sounding Echo Youth Committee in Attawapiskat. This pay-what-you-can show has a full lineup of five acts: Towanda, Heathers, Five Eyes, Lenition and Big Sissy.

Be advised, the show starts at 9:00 PM and from what I’m getting it’s not a “Montreal Nine” so be on time! I know for some of you it’s hard to get going at that oh-so-early hour, but do try.

 Towanda, Heathers, Five Eyes, Lenition and Big Sissy play  Brasserie Beaubien, 73 Beaubien east, Thursday, May 19th, 9:00 pm (Doors at 8:00pm), pay what you can at the door.

* Featured image of Nancy Pants by Bianca Lecompte

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!

After previewing a bunch of shows for Porchfest last week, for this installment we move back into the more conventional venues where there’s some seriously cool performances going down. Whether it’s surf, psych, punk or for a cause, be prepared for a whole lot of rock n’ roll coming your way.

La Luz and Las Rosas

On Monday, Seattle based rockers La Luz are coming to town to give us a good dose of doo wop vocals on top of some seriously mellow surf drip.

While the classic surf sound regularly relegates vocals to catchy one liners, this is not the case with La Luz. Soaring over top all that warm fuzzy reverb you can hear four part vocal harmonies that make this band something very new and different within the genre.

Joining them will be Brooklyn natives (and this week’s coolest band you’ve probably never hear of) Las Rosas. This psych rock trio will suck you in with a mix of trippy riffs and deep grooves setting the table for some very catchy vocals.

These two acts compliment each other quite nicely making this a must see for those who like to go out on Mondays!

La Luz and Las Rosas play Bar le Ritz PDB , 179 Jean-Talon O., Monday, May 16th, 9:30pm (Doors 9pm), $12. Tickets available through ticketsfly or at the door $18, 18+.

 

Benefit Show for Denis Poitras

If you’re looking for something to do tonight then head over to Katacombs where Le Collectif Stompin’ Trees, Tantquàyêtre, Tempête and Micro Armés will be playing some good music for a good cause.

In 2013 lawyer Denis Poitras had to file for bankrupcy due to the fact that he had taken on too many pro bono cases following the the 2012 student strike. Poitras is now back on his feet but he needs to raise $6700 to re-register with the Quebec bar.

This show hopes to raise as much (if not all) of the money needed. With a suggested donation of $10 to $6700 you can pay what you can and catch some good tunes in the process.

Le Collectif Stompin’ Trees, Tantquàyêtre, Tempête and Micro Armés  play Coop Katacombes, 1635 Boul. Saint-Laurent,  Thursday, May 12th, 9:oopm (Doors 8pm), pay what you can at the door, 18+.

Dead Messenger and Eddie Paul

For those looking for a night of “Rock ‘N’ Roll fury” you’ll want to head over to La Vitrola this Friday (the 13th muahahahah) to catch Dead Messenger and Eddie Paul.

Followers of the Montreal punk scene are already well aware of Dead Messenger (making them this week’s coolest band you have heard of!) and their ability to put on a killer live show. Adding to the evening is the fact that they are set to release their new album The Owl in Daylight on May 30th meaning there’s a very good chance you’ll get to hear some new material.

They’ve already put out two singles, here’s the video for the track In the Dark. 

Making it all the better is that they’ve added well known Montrealer (and good friend of FTB) Eddie Paul to the lineup. Having seen Eddie live a few times I would say he’s a personal favorite of mine since his shows always seem to have an energy that gets passed on to the crowd throughout the performance.

 

Dead Messenger and Eddie Paul play La Vitrola, 4602 St-Laurent, Friday, May 13th, 9:oopm, 18+.

* Featured image of La Luz playing at Pop Montreal by Bianca Lecompte

In this week’s installment I’ll be giving you three options to kick off your weekend. So tell your roommate you’ll be using the dancing shoes on Friday, they can have the pj’s. All are reasonably priced, have Montreal based talent involved and want you to be friends with them. Well maybe not the last one.

Pif Paf Hangover – Lost Cousins

Head over to the Divan Orange Friday night and you’ll get a good dose of electro pop courtesy of Pif Paf Hangover. The Montreal based duo composed of Max O Finn and Emmanuel C Boucher are currently working on their second album which should be out sometime in 2016.

If you’re curious about the new music you should know they’ve promised to play some of the new stuff on Friday. Here’s a teaser:

They’ll be joined by Kingston based indie rockers Lost Cousins who win this week’s prize for coolest band you’ve probably never hear of. We can fix that real quick though, just click play… just click play… doooooo it… (seriously though, this is a pretty great video for a very catchy track).

Pif Paf Hangover with Lost Cousins perform at Divan Orange, 4234 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Friday, April 29, doors 8:30pm, show 9:30pm, $10 in advance, $12 at the door, 18+. Buy tickets through Indiemontreal.

Citylake – Let Us Out – The van Arks

On Friday you can also head over to Atomic Cafe and check out Citylake, Let Us Out and The van Arks. This trio of local bands promises to give an energetic and inspired night full of new and sometimes improvised music. Here are some recent live tracks the bands have posted in anticipation of the show.

 

If you want to know more you’re in luck since FTB recently sat down with Citylake frontman Martin Saint for an exclusive interview.

Citylake, Let Us Out and The van Arks perform at Atomic Cafe,
3606 Ontario East, Friday, April 29th, doors 9pm, show 9:30pm, $5. Tickets at the door.

Finger Eleven with Special Guests: Polista and Men & Company

The big rock show of the night is certainly taking place over at the Théâtre Fairmount where Finger Eleven will be performing a mix of new material and classic hits. The band, formerly known under the best 90’s band name ever the Rainbow Butt Monkeys, have been doing this for a long time now and certainly won’t fail to impress.

Just as exciting is that they’ve asked two local acts, Polista and Men & Company to support them. Lovers of the big guitar sound take note, this is the show for you.

Finger Eleven with special guests Polista and Men & Company play Théâtre Fairmount, Friday, April 29th, doors 8:00pm, show 9:00pm, $20. Tickets available through Théâtre Fairmount box office.

Featured image: Lost Cousins via Instagram

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!

APigeon

Canadian electronic music producer, singer/songwriter Annie Sama, better known as APigeon launches her new music video for the song Polyday tonight at O Patro Vys. Come hear a unique blend of electronica, pop and folk from a performer who has been compared to Björk, Feist, and Lykke Li among others.

APigeon Video Launch, Thursday, April 14 at O Patro Vys, 356 Mont-Royal Est, Music Video Premier 8:30pm, show 9pm, Tickets $12

Hommage à Amy Winehouse

This Friday night head over to the Rialto where Jazzy R&B singer Andréa Blaze will be performing a tribute to 27 club member Amy Winehouse. Having left us almost five years ago, it seems that Winehouse’s fans are eager to hear her music performed live again.

Anticipation (and ticket sales) for this show have been steadily growing to the point that a larger venue (The Rialto) was required. With a full band and horn section backing up Blaze’s powerful voice and stage presence this show is not to be missed.

Hommage à Amy Winehouse is @ Rialto Hall, 5711 avenue du Parc, Friday, April 15th, Doors @8pm, $20. Tickets available through the Rialto website

In Her Majesty’s Secret Panties – Candyass Cabaret

Photo by Chris Zacchia
Photo by Chris Zacchia

This Friday you can also head over to Café Cléopatra where Montréal burlesque legends The Candyass Cabaret will be exposing their newest show. Though not actually a music show, per say, it promises to be quite rockin’ so we decided to include it.

This self proclaimed “Ode to the Brits” promises “performers ready to show you their bits ‘n bobs.”
This show also promises the best celebrity cameo of the week as the Queen (a.k.a that lady who’s on our money) is supposed to be dropping by. Which begs the question: are show-goers going to be treated to a royal striptease? All hints seem to lead that way.

Candyass Cabaret is at Café Cléopatra, 1230 boul. Saint-Laurent, Friday, April 15th. Doors @9pm Show @10pm. $10.

Street Rhythm

With sexy spring weather being forecast for this weekend it’s time to stop making excuses and start heading out again! Why stay home this Saturday when you can head over to Barfly where you can check out Street Rhythm, a night showcasing some of the best local indie music.

So come check out The Strange Perception, Attics&Alleys and Keystorm all for the very reasonable price of $5.

Street Rythm, Barfly, 4062A St Laurent, Saturday, April 16th, 8pm, $5, 18+. Tickets at the door.

The Subways

British Indie Pop/Rockers The Subways will be bringing their mix of catchy riffs and power chords to the Fairmount this Monday in support of their new album’s North American release on April 16th.
After four albums and more than a decade this power trio shows no signs of slowing down.

Check out their newest video for the track Dirty Muddy Paws:

The Subways play Théâtre Fairmount, 5240 av du Parc, Monday, April 18th, 9pm (doors 8pm), $20, 18+. Tickets available through the Théâtre Fairmount website

Featured image: The Subways via Instagram

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!

Like music? Live in Montreal (or are visiting)? Looking for something to do over the next seven or eight days? Here are a few suggestions from writers Ford Donovan, Bianca Lecompte and Jason C. McLean:

DMA’s

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, these indie-rockers have made it big ‘down under’ and are looking to continue their success in North America. Nostalgically evoking nearly every aesthetic of early 90s Britpop, from the shimmering guitar leads, to the Oasis-like major key choruses, to the ultra-English attire of sneakers and track suits, DMA’s also inject new life into a musical style that has yet to be revived in the mainstream.

The band’s recent appearance on The Tonight Show is indicative of the potential splash these guys could make in the US and Canada; come to Petit Campus on Friday night to see what all the buzz is about. (FD)

DMA’s play Petit Campus, 57 rue Prince Arthur Est, Friday, March 25th, 9pm (doors 8pm), $12. Tickets available through Greenland or at the door

Young Fathers

It’s hard to define this Scottish quartet in terms of genre. Sometimes Young Fathers are clearly hip-hop, sometimes electronic, and sometimes soul. But that’s the central beauty of the band, they’re almost genre-less. Their biggest hit to date, a booming alt-hip-hop number, Deadlines brings to mind the sounds of a dystopian acapella ensemble in the very best possible way.

For the past several years, they’ve been touring all over the world—venues and festivals both big and small—and are finally making their much-anticipated return to Montreal. I saw these guys for the first time in England last year, and their live performance totally blew me away. Do yourself a huge favour, and check them out next week. (FD)

Young Fathers play Théâtre Fairmount, 5240 av du Parc, Thursday, March 31st, 9pm (doors 8pm), $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Tickets available through Greenland

Grre en famille

Montreal’s Grre en famille already launched their second album Désamorcer la bombeoffer online March 18th, but they’re premiering it officially this Thursday. If you’re looking for a mix of ska and reggae music with a solid Quebecois twist, check out this show. (JCM)

Grre en famille play Le Petit Campus with openers BradyCardie Thursday, March 24th at 9pm. Tickets are $10 at the door

The Goods Homegrown Edition

If you’re looking for a “warm alternative to the average Montreal  night out,” resident DJs Andy Williams and Scott C have been providing just that since 2002 with The Goods Homegrown Edition, a no-frills event featuring funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, afro and latin music. (BL)

The Goods Homegrown Edition is at La Sala Rossa, 4848 boul. Saint-Laurent, Saturday, March 26th. Doors open and music starts at 10:30pm. $10

Blockhead

Blockhead started out as a rapper, but this NYC born and raised performer soon found out that making the beats was his real passion and embarked on a solo instrumental career which brings him to Montreal this weekend. Come hear the unique sounds of this producer/performer, you won’t regret it. (BL)

Blockhead with openers Eliot Lipp and Voyage Funktastique perform at Newspeak, 1403 Sainte Elisabeth, Sunday, March 27, 10pm. $10, tickets available through the Newspeak website

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!

It’s been a while but let’s get to it: here are some shows this week!

THURSDAY, JANUARY 22

Les Breastfeeders + Vulgar, You! + Loose Pistons @ l’Escogriffe

This one’s a benefit for a friend of the bands and promoters who lost everything in a fire recently. Even if you don’t know the guy (I don’t), this will be a killer show because all of the shows that Analogue Addiction promote are sweaty, noisy and super fun.

Doors open at 9 p.m., $8 at the door.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 23

Bad Nylon + Jonathan @ TRH Bar

Check out the buttery-smooth stylings of local “post-hypersexualization” rap group Bad Nylon.

Doors open at 9 p.m., PWYC.

Zola Jesus + Deradoorian @ Phi Centre

Stark, cold and a little melancholy, Zola Jesus’ latest Taiga is the singer-songwriter’s foray into more pop territory without losing the clean electronic edge.

Doors open at 8 p.m., $21.25 at the door or online via Phi Centre.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 24

Téléphone Maison + Hellenica + Personal Suave + Philippe Vandal + Montagne Glacier @ La Passe

Local music label Jeunesse Cosmique is one of the most unique in the city and their showcases are out of this world. Do yourself a real favour and chill the fuck out.

Show starts at 9 p.m., PWYC ($8 suggested).

Some quality shows this week.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17

Black Love + Jet Black + TDOAFS + Big Knife Little Knife @ Turbo Haus

Montreal band Black Love are launching their full-length debut after being away from Montreal for a while. The self-titled album was produced by noted Montreal producer and musician Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (Jerusalem In My Heart) at the famed Hotel2Tango studios.

Show starts at 8 p.m.; $8 before the end of the first set, $10 after.

Single Mothers + The Dark Plains + Windpisser @ Bar Le Ritz PDB

While Toronto-based Single Mothers have been around since 2008, they’ve only just released their full-length debut Negative Qualities (HXC Recordings and Dine Alone). They’re kicking off a huge North American tour right here in Montreal that will include stops at CMJ and Halifax Pop Explosion.

Show starts at 9 p.m.; $12 at the door or in advance online, at Aux 33 Tours, Phonopolis and l’Oblique.

Iceage + Merchandise + Lower + Father Murphy @ La Vitrola

This month Denmark’s Iceage released their third studio album, Plowing Into the Field of Love, and have embarked on a world tour with some other international acts: Tampa Bay’s Merchandise, Denmark’s Lower and Italy’s Father Murphy.

Show starts at 9 p.m., $15 in advance via Suoni per il Popolo or $17 at the door.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 20

Krill + Steve JR + Moss Lime @ Brasserie Beubien

Boston’s Krill are also on a pretty big North American tour, with plans to tour Europe in the new year. So get out and see them, because they likely won’t be back for a while.

Doors open at 9 p.m., PWYC ($7 suggested).

Weeeeeoooooo! Look at all these cool shows this week!

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9

Jeunesse Cosmique presents: Processor + Little Ghost + AE Bridger + Wiwichu @ Casa del Popolo

Jeunesse Cosmique is one of the most interesting labels in Montreal, representing a truly eclectic collection of artists that have one thing in common: their music can be described as experimental or just plain weird. This event will feature live painting by local artist Chang E Ling.

Show starts at 9 p.m., PWYC ($5 suggested).

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10

L’OFF Festival de Jazz de Montreal presents: Kids Eat Crayons @ Resonance Café

My favourite weirdo/jazz/punk band will be playing two sets throughout the evening. According to the event description, there will be a real live grand piano! That eats children! Kids Eat Crayons have also just released their first ever music video for a song called ‘Winston Eats Shit’. Check it out!

Show starts at 10:30 p.m., $10.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11

Appalaches + Atsuko Chiba + Au Revoir + Alam Al-Mithal @ l’Hémisphère Gauche

Appalaches are an instrumental post rock band. Guitarist Mat Jason Blanchet will be leaving the band to live abroad so this is your chance to see them with their current lineup.

Show starts at 9 p.m., $12.

Montreal Psych Fest Fundraiser feat. POP GOES + Paddle to the Sea + Lightbulb Alley + Kompadres @ Bistro de Paris

Montreal Psych Fest’s main organizer Tasha Class put on a three-day festival this year by dishing out a lot of money from her own pocket. If you feel so inclined, help her out by going to this show and dropping some cash in the bucket.

Show starts at 10 p.m., PWYC.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12

NOÏSUNDAÉÈ #29 @ La Plante

NOÏSUNDAÉÈ is an afternoon concert series that takes place every Sunday at La Plante. It seeks to showcase artists whose work may not otherwise see the light of day because it may be too weird, non-traditional or fun for mainstream ears. At the end of the show, attendees can enjoy a meal prepared by the Plant Community Kitchen for a small donation.

This week features Jamie Dunkle and his “projet de drone pesant pour orgue électrique”; Rochester, NY ensemble Gay Angel; Orian; and Portable Cosmoshrine, the solo project of Shota from Wreckage with Stick.

Show starts at 3:30 p.m., PWYC.

King Tuff + Cassie Ramone + Beat Cops @ Bar le “RITZ” P.D.B.

King Tuff’s third full-length Black Moon Spell is out now. “Los Angeles, full of its screaming coyotes and creeping helicopters, surely slathered its sexy, twisted, hairy, polluted spirit all over Black Moon Spell. The Sunset Strip shat itself when it heard all these guitar solos.” — Black Moon Spell bio page on Sub Pop Records.

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

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15

Secret Chiefs 3 + Cleric @ La Vitrola

A constantly revolving lineup and a mix of so many genres it’ll make your head spin (including surf rock, death metal and traditional Middle Eastern folk influences), Secret Chiefs 3 is really unlike anything else.

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

So many shows this week! Get to it.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4

CKUT presents: Squalor + Cheap Wig + Balltripper @ Cabaret Playhouse

Squalor’s experimental noisy sludge + fuzzy lo-fi wailers Cheap Wig + the psychedelic stoner punk of Balltripper = a good time.

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

Skurge + Feefawfum @ Barfly

Do you like your thrash with a fair amount of free jazz thrown in? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Show starts at 10 p.m., $7.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5

Castle + Buffalo Theory + Tunguska Mammoth + Abyssed + Near Grey + Watcher @ Foufounes Électriques

San Francisco’s Castle are great and all but there are some solid openers representing Montreal here. Get there early not to miss Watcher and Near Grey.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., $10 via Xtrem Productions or at the door.

Golden Tombs + The Hydrothermal Vents @ Casa del Popolo

Man, Golden Tombs are such a trip to see live. Go get lost in their cinematic psych-influenced spaghetti western-meets-folk.

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

La Forêt rouge (cassette launch) + The Crib Death of the Un-Cool + Goddard x Pelchat @ 185 Van Horne

La Forêt rouge was formed in 2002 by Olivier D’Amours (GGRIL, Monocytes) and David Dugas Dion (ex-CRABE, David and the Woods, Gens Chrétiens) and made long improvisational compositions influenced by psychedelic post-rock. They were ahead of their time and then, after a brief existence, the band went on an indefinite hiatus. They are back and will be releasing a new cassette on Montreal label Cuchabata Records. Supporting them are The Crib Death of the Un-Cool — made up of Sam Shalabi and Chris Burns, two legends of the Montreal underground improv/experimental scene — and free jazz/noise duo made up of James Goddard (Public Transit, Skin Tone) and Alex Pelchat (Shining Wizard, Drøm Før Du Dør).

Show starts at 9 p.m.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 6

A Devil’s Din + Balltripper @ Barfly

Psych-rockers A Devil’s Din and Balltripper both lost their gear and jam space to a fire recently and are putting on this show (with borrowed gear) to help raise funds to replace what they’ve lost. For those who’d like to help out but can’t make it to the show, they are accepting donations through money transfer at adevilsdin@gmail.com.

Show starts at 6 p.m., PWYC.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7

Andrew Sisk presents The Passing of the Buffalo + Aim Low @ Casa del Popolo

I will let the event description speak for itself here: In the spring of 2011, Andrew Sisk scanned the stacks of a used bookstore and spotted the thin, aged spine of an antique book titled The Passing of the Buffalo. Published in 1916 in Vancouver, the prologue caught Sisk’s eye as it spoke of the fate of one of North America’s first natural resources, the wild buffalo. Through the book’s prologue, five acts and epilogue, the author details the rapid decline of the buffalo in a beautifully poetic and educated tone from behind the mysterious pen-name, Buckskin. Its verses reveal a warning for our time and a beauty long forgotten.

Sisk was inspired to spread the book’s message through music and pay homage to a great work.

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

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8

Witching Hour Full Moon Halloween Party: Collision of Dimensions @ Theatre Rialto

This sounds like it’s going to be totally crazy. Witching Hour have made a name for themselves throwing parties that include many kinds of media and other more unconventional activities like yoga and meditation. There’s always a live music component — usually electronic DJs and bands — as well as live painting and film screenings. Marie Davidson headlines this edition curated by No Exist and QuebékisŤanz.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 in advance at Phonopolis, X20 and Cheap Thrills; $12 at the door.

Get out there and see these shows this week!

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

Radio Radio + Dead Obies + Beat Market @ Université de Montréal (Place de la Laurentienne)

Starts at 7 p.m., free.

Alex Pelchat, Eric Lewis, John Heward & friends @ La Poêle

Alex Pelchat is a Montreal experimental musician. Even if you don’t recognize the name, you may be familiar with many of the projects he has a hand in. He plays in Drøm Før Du Dør, *Shining Wizard* and Gens Chrétiens in addition to his solo act. He also helped found the Misery Loves Co. tape label with other Montreal musicians. He has also been a steady fixture of the Montreal improvisational and experimental music scenes, having participated in Mardi Spaghetti — a weekly improvised music series at Le Cagibi that started in 2008 — and organizing Noïsundaéè — another weekly music series showcasing anything that can be described as weird or strange that happens Sunday afternoons at La Plante.

Show starts at 7 p.m., $10 suggested contribution.

10 years of Divan Orange: PyPy + Jesuslesfilles + DJs Bonnes Manières @ Divan Orange

Doors open at 8 p.m., $14 at the door.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

Montreal Psych Fest @ La Vitrola

This city’s only festival dedicated exclusively to psychedelic music is back for a third consecutive year. Starting on Friday, this year’s festival presents three nights of performances featuring Pachyderm, The Backhomes, Les Marinellis, Red Mass and The Auras.

Friday and Saturday shows start at 9:30; $10 at the door before 10 p.m., $15 after. Sunday show takes place at l’Escogriffe at 10 p.m., $10. 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

Beat Market + Fonkynson + Le Couleur + French Fox @ Bassin Peel

Parcs Canada in collaboration with Lisbon Lux Records are presenting this free, two-day outdoor event showcasing some of the best of the Lisbon Lux roster.

Saturday show takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday show takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., free.

Grump + Bearmace + Perverted Justice @ l’Escogriffe

Doors open at 8 p.m., $5.

The Growlers + The Garden + Nancy Pants @ Bar le “RITZ” P.B.D. (formerly Il Motore)

Doors open at 8 p.m., $15 in advance via Blue Skies Turn Black or at the door.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

Russian Circles + The Atlas Moth @ Cabaret du Mile End

Doors open at 8 p.m., $18 in advance via Blue Skies Turn Black or $20 at the door.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

Naomi Punk + Harsh Reality + Goddard x Pelchat @ La Plante

Doors open at 9 p.m., $5 or PWYC.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

Windhand + All Them Witches + The Great Sabatini + Mountain Dust @ Petit Campus

Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $13 in advance online via Petit Campus and at Soundcentral, Aux 33 Tours or Cheap Thrills; $15 at the door.

Witching Hour presents Filthy Haanz + Nanimal + Superbloom + Primitive Hands @ l’Orage Club Échangiste

Witching Hour is a collective of Montrealers that includes musicians, artists, educators, writers, photographers, filmmakers and activists. All of their events feature live music and electronic DJs to supplement other media being presented, be it film, live body painting or yoga. This event will feature their usual varied lineup of live bands and electronic DJs, plus a body painting presentation, ‘an etheric healing chamber with palm reading and shamanic pracitices’ and much more.

Event starts at 9 p.m., $15 or $5 upon presentation of a POP Montreal festival pass.

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.

Take your pick of these shows this week!

FRIDAY, AUGUST 29

Fattal Fest 2014 @ Fattal

Nothing marks the end of summer like the outdoor barbecue crusty blowout party that is Fattal Fest. Now in its fifth year, the festival started as a block party of sorts for the residents of the Fattal lofts in St-Henri, a nice little community-oriented get-together with cheap food, beer and punk bands. As the neighbourhood has gentrified in the last few years, the party has become more popular and has grown to include non-St-Henri residents as well. This goes over pretty well with the people I have spoken to in the past who live there as it serves to raise awareness about the socio-political situation at Fattal.

Over the past couple of years, the residents of the Fattal lofts have been battling the city and their landlord, the notorious Sam Fattal – owner of many squalid, derelict buildings and shoddy new condo developments on the island – for their right to live there and not be forced out as the neighbourhood becomes more and more desirable to condo developers.

As the event description is quick to point out, the organizers of the party (mainly Fattal residents and others in the St-Henri punk scene) do not have permission from the city to host this event so they ask everyone to keep to the parking lot, not mill around in the streets, be respectful and pick up after themselves.

Event starts tonight at 7 p.m. and continues Saturday and possibly Sunday, free.

Rae Spoon + Elena Stoodley + Lady Sin Trayda @ La Sala Rossa

Dragonroot Media and The Centre for Gender Advocacy are presenting this show tonight featuring transgender musician and author Rae Spoon. All proceeds will go to fund Dragonroot, a fairly new feminist collective that supports anti-oppressive practices in the media. They have a weekly show on CKUT 90.3 FM Tuesdays from 8:30 to 9 a.m. Shoutout to fellow FTBers Hannah Besseau and Pamela Fillion, who are also behind Dragonroot.

Doors open at 8 p.m., $8 or PWYC.

Wings of Metal Festival: feat. The Skull + Blood Ceremony + Holocaust + ADX & more @ Katacombes

Wings of Metal is an underground metal festival put on by three promoters looking to emulate the style of underground metal festivals that take place in Europe. That means lots of quality bands for a fair price, many of whom are from out of town like Toronto’s Blood Ceremony, Bölzer from Zurich, Edinburgh’s Holocaust and Brooklyn’s Natur, just to name a very few. Many of these bands, even the ones from North America, have a huge following in Europe and rarely come play here so getting to see them all under one roof is pretty special.

Bands play Friday and Saturday and to close off the festival, on Sunday there’s a metal record market followed by a barbecue and a secret show.

Doors open at 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, $45 per day; Metal record market and BBQ Sunday from 2 p.m. followed by a secret show at 6 p.m., $5 entry for the market, $15 for the show.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 30

Piknic Électronik triple edition feat. Jamie XX + Misstress Barbara + Surfing Leons & more @ Parc Jean-Drapeau

The good people behind Piknic are hoping you’ll take advantage of the long weekend to check out at least one of the three editions of Montreal’s favourite summertime electronic party series. Saturday’s edition is a short one (it ends at 8:45 p.m.) with only one stage due to the Arcade Fire show that takes place that night ($10 entry to Piknic upon presentation of an Arcade Fire ticket). Their regular full programming continues on Sunday and Monday.

Shows start Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 2 p.m., $15 at the door.

Eddie Paul @ BBAM! Gallery

Show starts at 3 p.m., free (PWYC).

The 222s + Paddle to the Sea + Arbor Glades @ Piccolo Rialto

Show starts at 9 p.m., $14 at the door.

Elephant Stone + UUBBUURRUU @ l’Escogriffe

Montreal psych rockers Elephant Stone will be launching their third full-length album, The Three Poisons, which is available for streaming in full on their Soundcloud. Then they’re off on tour again (man, do these guys work hard).

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

SUNDAY, AUGUST 31

Golden Tombs + Slight + Old Haunt @ Divan Orange

Show starts at 9:30 p.m., $6.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

Future Islands + Operators + DJ Disco Phantom @ Metropolis

This show will mark the first time Dan Boeckner’s (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs) new project Operators perform in Montreal. Go see what all the fuss is about and in the meantime, check out this review by Nameless Ponytail of their first release, EP1.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m., $18 in advance via Blue Skies Turn Black or $20 at the door.

Atsuko Chiba + Set and Setting + Christ @ Casa del Popolo

Doors open at 8:30 p.m.; $8 before the end of the first band’s set, $10 after (I can get behind this; support opening bands!).

FRIDAY, AUGUST 22

Passovah Summer Festival: Inside Touch + Saxsyndrum + Athens & more @ Piccolo Rialto

The third edition of the annual summer festival presented by local promoters Passovah Productions takes place this weekend. The cool thing about Passovah’s summer festival is that most of the shows are pay-what-you-can. Passovah co-founder Noah Bick thinks it’s important to include as many people as possible and the PWYC model ensures that no one is turned away. (Read an interview we did last year with Bick.)

This is my Passovah pick of the night, largely due to electronic synthpop duo Saxsyndrum. Alternately, take your pick of shows at Casa del Popolo or a special edition of Le Marché des possibles in collaboration with POP Montreal.

Doors open at 7 p.m., PWYC ($5 – $25 suggested).

Bummer + No Bones + Greys + The Dirty Nil @ Turbo Haus

Show starts at 8 p.m., $10 at the door or $12 with a copy of Steal the Nights, new 7″ by Bummer.

Alvarius B. & Sam Shalabi @ La Vitrola

Alvarius B. is the alias of revered underground musician Alan Bishop. Bishop will be joined by another seminal figure of the underground scene: guitarist and oud player extraordinaire Sam Shalabi (Shalabi Effect, Land of Kush).

Show starts at 8:30 p.m., $12 at the door or in advance online.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 23

Cepheid Flux + Alison Bayre + D.A.I.S.Y. @ 1180 Saint-Antoine

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

Sam Shalabi & Alan Bishop @ 185 Van Horne

Show starts at 9 p.m.

Cousins X Passovah feat. Compton Chic + Phil Sparkz + Hua Li @ Club Lambi

Show starts at 9 p.m., PWYC ($5 – $25 suggested).

SUNDAY, AUGUST 24

Passovah Summer Festival: Philemon Cimon + Nancy Pants + Daniel Isaiah + Technical Kidman & more @ Piccolo Rialto

Doors open at 7 p.m., PWYC ($5 – $25 suggested).

thisquietarmy + Tignor + Turnquist + Hellenica @ La Vitrola

Show starts at 8 p.m., $8 at the door.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27

A Tribe Called Red + AroarA + Pierre Kwenders + Masala DJs @ Place Émilie-Gamelin

Wednesday POP Montreal will be announcing their complete lineup for the 2014 edition. To celebrate, they’re throwing a mega outdoor party with free live music, a beer garden and food trucks.

Show starts at 5 p.m., free.

The annual punk/hardcore/metal festival presented by local promoters Blackdot takes place this weekend. What’s that? Your friends are all at Osheaga but you can’t afford it/are afraid of massive crowds/hate it with all your guts? Well this festival pretty much falls on the total opposite end of the spectrum as far as summer music festivals go.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 1

Noothgrush + Iron Lung + Haymaker + Mammoth Grinder + AHNA @ La Sala Rossa

The opening night of Montreal punk/hardcore/metal festival Rrroooaaarrr features two shows, one at La Sala Rossa and another right across the street at Casa del Popolo. My pick for the night would have to be Oakland sludge metal band Noothgrush.

Show starts at 8 p.m., $20 at the door.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2

Cro-Mags + Powertrip + Enforcers + Weak Link @ Katacombes

Legends of the 80s NYC hardcore scene Cro-Mags are coming to Montreal for what promises to be a lovely afternoon performance. Also, free BBQ and drinks (while supplies last so get there early).

Show starts at 2 p.m., $20 at the door. 

Blasphemy + Black Witchery + Funebrarum + Innumerable Forms + Hellacaust + Oath @ La Sala Rossa

Blasphemy, a black metal band formed in Vancouver, released two albums in the early 90s and people are still losing their shit. They released a live album in 2001 and have been coasting heavily on their cult-fame status for quite some time. I’m not hating though, nope. I think it says a lot about a band’s influence and staying power when people are still coming out in droves to see them, especially when they haven’t released new material in 20 years.

Show starts at 9 p.m., $35 at the door.

Mental Abuse + Omegas + Long Knife + Hounds of Hate + Ajax + Wild Side @ Casa del Popolo

Mental Abuse were a highly influential 80s hardcore band from Jersey. Rumours that their vocalist, Sid Sludge, was dead had been circling around for years but he finally put them to rest by reforming the band in 2013. This guy is for real. One time, his car broke down in the Lincoln Tunnel so he abandoned it there and hopped on a bus to go hang out with his friends.

I’ll be hitting this show mostly because I never tire of watching Omegas play live and you never really know if it’ll be their last show. These guys are getting old and have moved on to bigger and better things so there’s a huge possibility that they might call it quits any day now.

Show starts at 7 p.m., $15 at the door.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 3

Revenge + Incantation + Abyss + Sabbatory + Occult Burial + Phobocosm @ La Sala Rossa

There’s something about cold places being great spawning grounds for black metal. Revenge hail from Alberta and their sound is so extremely heavy, so brutal and downright barbaric it’s terrifying. This line from a Pitchfork review of their 2012 album Scum.Collapse.Eradication sums it up nicely: “This is black metal ground down to its ugliest, most primal essence, spat out at furious powerviolence tempos and dredged through a filthy morass of down-tuned death metal.”

Show starts at 7 p.m, $35 at the door. 

You there! Go see these shows this week!

SATURDAY, JULY 19

Cult MTL anniversary party: The Posterz + Heart Streets + Le Trouble + Seoul + Saxsyndrum + Folly & The Hunter + Safia Nolin @ SAT

Beloved Montreal publication Cult MTL turns 2 this year and everyone is invited to watch bands and enjoy good food courtesy of Labo Culinaire Foodlab.

Event starts at 3 p.m., 5$.

COUSINS: The Re-up + Cadence Weapon + DJ Rapid Fire @ La Sala Rossa

Doors open at 10 p.m., $5.

SUNDAY, JULY 20

Atsuko Chiba + Shy, Low + thisquietarmy + Obstcls @ La Vitrola

Doors open at 8 p.m., $8.

THURSDAY, JULY 24

MEG: Pulses + Milton Clark + The Driver @ Le Belmont

The 16th edition of MEG Montreal kicks off this Thursday with three different shows. My pick for the night is local A/V techno master duo Pulses at Le Belmont.

Show starts at 10 p.m.; tickets cost $15 in advance and can be purchased online via MEG Montreal, at Atom Heart and MOOG Audio or $20 at the door.

Stop fucking around and go see these shows this week!

FRIDAY, JULY 11

CRABE + Comma + Girl Arm @ Casa del Popolo

Anti-folk, un-wave, normal Montreal punk band CRABE recently released their fourth full-length Anti-Vague. This duo is really stirring shit up: they’ve been featured on music nerd god Anthony Fantano’s blog The Needle Drop as well as Le Canal Auditif’s 50 best albums of 2014 so far.

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

SATURDAY, JULY 2

Conduct + No Aloha + Tunic + Feefawfum @ Brasserie Beaubien

Show starts at 8 p.m., PWYC (suggested donation $5 to $10).

SUNDAY, JULY 3

Solids + Weed + The Nymphets @ Turbo Haus

Show starts at 9 p.m., tickets cost $10 and are available online via Blue Skies Turn Black.

Ought + Dub Thompson + Cheap Wig @ Casa del Popolo

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

TUESDAY, JULY 15

Viet Cong + TV Ghost + Corridor @ Divan Orange

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

THURSDAY, JULY 17

Eddie Paul + Light Bulb Alley + Madcooks + Trove @ Cabaret Playhouse

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