Although there are two completely solid psyche shows happening on the same night my big pick would have to go to one of my all time favorite bands of all time. Dig in and find out whom.
Thursday: First off, if you were thinking of getting into the Yesterday’s Ring shows over the next three nights at Divan Orange and l’Esco, you’re fugged without a kiss ‘cause all three shows are sold out.
The monthly Yes All Girls turns up their grrrrl power heat at le Ritz with CISM’s DJ Romanne Blouin and the always-exquisite DJ Annie Q. Expect the very best of punk, post-punk, garage and all things in between. 179 Jean-Talon W.,10 p.m., free
Barfly will play host to the Yardlets listening party for their new jammer Good Hangs, so saddle up and freak out. (Their local launch is happening on May 22 at le Ritz.) 4062 St-Laurent, 10 p.m., free
The big pick of tonight would definitely go to Montreal living legend Bloodshot Bill with skronky duo of les Deuxluxes and the glimmering power pop of Dany Laj and the Looks, who launch their new jammer on Squirtgun Records at Katacombes. This is part of the Anachronik Festival, which starts today. 1635 St-Laurent, 8 p.m., $10
Friday: For a night of mind-expanding post rock you can catch the epic sounds of Near Grey when they start the evening off at la Vitrola with Milanku, Atsuko Chiba and New Jersey’s Au Revoir. 4602 St-Laurent, 8 p.m., $12
The acid-drenched psych of A Devil’s Din will attack your frontal lobes at Bistro de Paris with Walking Motionless, Project Voidance, Senzafine and Kings of Crows. 4536 St-Denis, 8 p.m., $5
A killer local bill is going down at Casa with the electronics of Taylor Hoodlum Stevenson with a magick ritual performed by Marie Jane and the electro-punk of Motorkiller and the Suicide-tinged jams of Effet Werther with DJ Mr. Slut manning the tables. 4873 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $7
My big pick for Friday would go to the glimmering power pop of Sonic Avenues, who show ’em how it’s done at TRH Bar with Kuhmfert, Mordicus and the Castagnes. 3699 St-Laurent, 10 p.m., $10
Saturday: Tonight poses a major problem for the psych heads as two of the greatest psych bands currently stomping the pines are playing.
First up is one of my all time favorite bands Acid Mother’s Temple who return to our fair burg once again to fry brains and take numbers at la Vitrola with St 37. If you love Hawkwind, late 1960s/early ’70s prog and psych with a dousing of utterly expert improv moments you will not want to miss this. 4602 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $13/$15
Giving the AMT some serious competition is another one of my favourite bands, Ben Chasny’s (Comets on Fire) Six Organs of Admittance with Elisa Ambrogio at le Ritz. These two giants of modern psych both playing on the same night is just plain crazy. Choose wisely my young pyschonauts. 179 Jean-Talon W., 9:30 p.m., $12/$14
Burger Records recording artists les Marinellis will launch yet another slammer, Ile de Reve at the amazing venue Club Lambi with Toronto’s Fake Palms and Nobro. 4465 St-Laurent, 8:30 p.m., $7
You can show up to Bistro de Paris to catch the electro-noise of Anaconda and the post-punk of les Temps Liquides, but the real reason you should be making tracks is to catch ex-pat Corpusse who will destroy himself for your entertainment. 4536 St-Denis, 9:30 p.m., $7
For those of you who like their garage with a heaping portion of dementia, catch Demon’s Claws with the twang of the Skip Jensen Group and Double Date With Death at Katacombes. 1635 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $10
Sunday: CKUT’s Total Eclipse and If You Got Ears have teamed up for an afternoon outdoor afternoon show in Mile End. The $5-$10 sliding scale benefits CKUT and gets you Brusque Twins, Enfant Magique, Effet Werther, Pierre-Luc Simon with DJ Markas Floats. Van Horne & St-Urbain, 3 p.m.
For some Reagan-era punk rawk, check out Olympia, WA’s Vexx with the post-punk of Ursula and the hardcore of Drip at Casa. 4873 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $7
For fans of perfect power pop/new wave, check out Montreal veteran Cafeine with Los Angeles’s Gateway Drugs at la Vitrola. 4602 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $10
Monday: Finally, it’s my big pick of the week: shoegaze legends Swervedriver who will razzle and dazzle with guitar pedal superiority at Theatre Fairmount with Gateway Drugs laying down their nasty rawk once again. This is going to be fucking amazing. 5240 Parc, 9 p.m., $22.50/$26
Current Obsession: Swervedriver, Mescal Head