A Varning From Montreal: loud noise hazard ahead

All about the Varning fest of heaviosity PLUS album launches, CJLO funding drive shows and more gigs to get to this week.

facebookHope you all partied til you popped last week. Once again, POP Montreal knocked it out of the park with eclectic curation that bristles with true passion. It seems like there hasn’t been a week when I haven’t mentioned a festival in months now, and this week is no different. Starting tonight is the true punk rock festival A Varning From Montreal who now slides into their ninth edition. Becoming world renowned in the DIY punk community, Varning continues to attract more and more international bands, punk fans from all over the world while still holding firm to their grass roots appeal. Hats off to Jannick and crew for all of the elbow grease they put in every year!

Thursday: Varning starts off with a true banger that is sure to sell out, so better grab tickets right now!!! Reunited (and probably never playing again) are Montreal punk legends Born Dead Icons, who will headline at Katacombes with Rhythm of Cruelty, Syndicate, Dekoder, Flowers and Fire and Barre. 1635 St-Laurent, 8 p.m., $25 

At l’Esco you can catch Wet Nurse with Pale Lips and Nightshades. 4467 S-Denis, 9 p.m., $8

Friday: Varning keeps swinging with a matinee show that starts at 2 p.m. at Loudhouse. If you missed the two Cuban bands Adictox and Arrabio on Wednesday at l’Hemisphère Gauche, you can catch them while the sun is up with Dethfox and Dealer.  1405 Iberville, 2 p.m., $10/PWYC

Afterwards you can make your way over to Katacombes for Varning’s second night show with Generacion Suicida, Secta Suicida (from Bogata, Columbia!!!), Diskonnected, Durs Coeurs, Alcohol Fueled, Mommy, Parasytes, Sick Nurse and Drip. 1635 St-Laurent, 7:30 p.m., $25

For something a bit synthier you can catch Violence when they drop their new EP Le Théâtre at Casa with Litige and Ambrose. 4873 St-Laurent,  9 p.m., $8/$15 with the EP on vinyl

The little station that could — CJLO — have gotten their funding drive underway and our hosting a metal night at Turbo Haus with the End of Gallia, Murtenscythe, Distorhead and Rusted. 5011 Notre-Dame W., 8 p.m., $5/PWYC

For some expert songwriting and crack musicianship, catch Lazarus Moan with Tractor Beam at Bistro de Paris. 4536 St-Denis, 10 p.m.

Saturday: A Varning ends their ninth edition at Katacombes with Finland’s Paa Kii, Bogata, Columbia’s Dead Hero, Proxy (who will perform their last show ever!!!), Pox, Sadist, Razorheads, Torment and Ninos Rata. Also, keep you ear to the ground as the Varning after parties are legendary and as debauched as they come. 1635 St-Laurent, 8 p.m., $25

On a completely different tip, one of my favourite living songwriters — Steve Earle — returns to town with his Dukes in tow at Corona Theatre. The man is simply amazing when stomping the pines in a live context. 2490 Notre-Dame W., 8 p.m., $41.50/$47

Monday: If you are too old to do the punch-the-floor hardcore shuffle, you can still put on your basketball jersey to catch Norma Jean with 68, Sleepwave, the Ongoing Concept and Saul Hittner at le Ritz. 179 Jean-Talon W., 7 p.m., $20

Tuesday: Finally, if you want to support CJLO’s funding drive but don’t want to sit through their metal night, you can ease your nerves and empty your wallet at le Ritz with CTZNSHP, Traces and No Aloha. 179 Jean-Talon W., 9 p.m., $8


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