Your noise oasis on sleepy island

Post-Osheaga and Heavy Montreal, it’s always quiet on the local scene. Here’s where to get your punk/metal/rock fix.

facebookAfter spending years digging under rocks to find the raddest gigs in town for you lovelies, I can kind of set my watch to the post-Osheaga/Heavy Montreal slump that happens annually around this time. But even with years of this tireless work under my ever-expanding belt, I have never seen our burg so sleepy. Osheaga and Heavy must’ve delivered in spades as this week’s gigs in the local haunts are a little few and far between, but luckily there are still some sweet shows and DJ nights that will definitely put the sweat back on the walls.

Thursday: The weekend starts with a bang with my big pick of the week: Canadian punk legends the Dayglo Abortions play Montreal for the 100th time at Katacombes. Show up early to catch Self Control, Riot Porn, King Cans and Cereal Killers. 1635 St-Laurent, 7:30 p.m., $15

Friday: Normally I don’t like to spend any bandwidth blithering on about cover bands but I will make an exception when they are tributes to the greatest metal bands of all time. Headlining is a tribute to Judas Priest (Painkiller) and a tribute to Motörhead (Iron Fist). Questions? Opening the night at Katacombes is Sleazy Way Out, which I can only assume play hair metal, so uh, you can be a little tardy here. 1635 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $10

In journalism school they teach the importance of keeping the writer out of the story. Tom Wolfe, Hunter S. Thompson and others of their patch-elbowed ilk later challenged this notion by including themselves in their stories and singlehandedly hatched the mid-’60s “new journalism” movement. Well I didn’t even graduate Grade 10, let alone get a diploma in journalism, and in fact only read recipes. So I’m introducing a “new new journalism” movement which is basically a “how do you like me now?” type of thing and only includes what the writer is up to at any given moment. In this case I’m going to be DJing a night within the new black environs of Plateau club Perfecto. Expect me spinning post punk, punk, soul and other good shit while occasionally holding up the bar in a drunken stupor. (Hey, cut me a pair of slacks ovah heah, it’s a slow week and I’ve been reduced to writing about fuggin’ cover bands.) 20 Duluth E., 10 p.m., free

The fine and furry local promoters, Analogue Addiction will celebrate their second year anniversary with their favourite band Red Mass with Corridor and New Swears at the swank surrounds of Quai des Brumes. 4481 St-Denis, 9 p.m., $10

Montreal institution the Nils will be playing songs off of their new record with Double Date With Death and Barre at Divan Orange. (Old dyed-in-the-wool Nils fans should approach with caution.) 4234 St-Laurent, 9:30 p.m., $10

Saturday: A couple of great DJ nights happening tonight. The doom and gloom set will want to do the “lost my contacts on the dancefloor” swoon at Nevermore: A Night to Die For at Katacombes, with DJ Faith and Doomcookie. 1635 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $6/$8

The rock ‘n’ roll PBR punk set will definitely want to throw them back at Perfecto for the swagger and swing of Roll the Dice night with DJ Xavier Caféine and Groovy Aardvark (and one of the sweetest Montreal peeps) Vince Peake. Dress code of fingerless gloves is optional. 20 Duluth E., 10 p.m., free

For the post punk set you can steer your Blundstones in the direction of Barfly for Casper Skulls, Towanda and Sigh Down One. 4062 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $5

For those of you who are feeling a little emotional on this height night of the weekend, check out Texas band Mimisiku, la Querelle, Growing Pains and Floral Kids at Casa. 4873 St-Laurent, p.m., $7

Tuesday: Expect a lot of fixed gear bikes locked to the fence beside le Ritz when the Lonely Biscuits jam it out with Keeps. 179 Jean-Talon W.,  9:30 p.m., $11/$15


Current Obsession: My DJ night– Friday night – at PERFECTO