We’re right on the cusp of August and in Montreal that can only mean one thing: music festival season. Hammer of the Mods will keep you covered for the upcoming Behemoth fests as well as the underground festivals, but for now, here are some shows happening in your regular haunts to get you there:
Friday: Don’t miss a chance to catch the ultra seething fuckery of Greber, a duo that pairs members of Fuck the Facts and Montreal’s own the Great Sabatini. I managed to see them more than a couple of years back at Katacombes, and for those who like whiplash-inducing extreme music, this should be a no brainer. Giving them support at Turbo Haus will be Edmonton’s Disabler, Fightface and the noisey punk of Animal Ethics. 1180 St-Antoine, #408, 8 p.m., $10
For other fans of all things heavy, you can catch Irn with the glacial doom of Show of Bedlam, the crust blast of Khan and Enormous Door at la Vitrola. 4602 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $8
Can-con garage legends the Leather Uppers and Canned Haam combine forces with their new joint New Horizzzons, launching their debut EP Trial by Fire at l’Esco with Tang Soleil and the analogue lo-fi K7 jamz of Babysitter. 4467 St-Denis, 10 p.m.
Saturday: Local promoters l’Oeil du Tigre keep the summer sizzling with yet another great bill they’ve managed to cook up: Ahmerst, M.A,’s Longings with Big Knife Little Knife, Girl Arm and Yukon at Casa. 4873 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $8 before the end of the first band’s set/$10
Now in their sixth edition, the showcase for the Rock Camp for Girls will be happening across the street from Casa at Sala. Show up and give these future Kim Gordons and Lydia Lunch’s all of the love they deserve! 4848 St-Laurent, doors at 5 p.m.
Sunday: The Sabbath hosts my big pick of the week when Montreal punk rock heroes Black Ships reform for one last swing at the rock ‘n’ roll piñata at Turbo Haus. Black Ships will definitely be going out with a bang, but adding further ballast will be NYC Relapse-signees Mortals and the grind/sludge of Hashed Out (who should be slinging their debut EP at the merch table) and the sonic blast of Alaskan. 1180 St-Antoine, #408, 9 p.m., $7 before first band/$10
Monday: Cult MTL scribe Malcolm Fraser shows just how multi-talented he is when he sashays to his sweet sounds in the World Provider with Donzelle, duo Country and DJ Spencer keeping things spinnin’. 4602 St-Laurent, 8:30 p.m., $5/PWYC
Wednesday: Finally all East coasters are required to have all hands on deck (and pints) when Halifaxian institution Al Tuck does the strum and croon at Casa. 4873 St-Laurent, 8:30 p.m., $8/$10
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