10 shows to punish your puny skull this week

Wild permutations of psych and punk will be bouncing off the walls of the city’s small venues over the next seven days.

facebookWell, I won’t be seeing any of the shows I’ll be tapping out this week as I am banging out this column from a rented bed in Brussels. As soon as I touched down across the pond I was greeted with an anti-Austerity Measures protest that included tear gas, water cannons and a brutal police force flexing its muscles. In short it felt I hadn’t left Montreal at all. Now I’m testing out my typing skills in a jet lag-induced fog before going back to sleep again. Gone for two days and I already miss you Montreal. Who knew?

Thursday: If you missed Bogata Columbia’s Secta and Dead Hero’s gigs last week, you’ll get another crack at seeing them starting tonight at Loudhouse with their Montreal connection Sexface and new punx on the block F.I.T.S. 1405 d’Iberville (2nd floor), 8-11 p.m., $5/PWYC

Giving the Secta show some serious punk rock competition is Turbo Haus’s Blatant Localism series, which screeches into its second edition with the melodic punk of Dig It Up, Barrasso and Brutal Cherie. 5011 Notre-Dame W., 8 p.m., PWYC

Friday: If you are into urgent indie pop with a huge amount of knob twiddling and multitasking you can catch solo band Mas Ysa at la Vitrola with Saxsyndrum and Happy Movie. 4602 St-Laurent, 9:30 p.m., $12/$15

The Plant will be wall to wall bong bubblers for Manners, Maica Mia solo off shoot Caro Diaro and Alexia Avina. Secret location, 9 p.m., $5/$7/PWYC

Fans of Alexisonfire will want to hit Turbo Haus to hear AOF offshoot band Say Yes alongside Oshawa’s the Standstills and Lightbulb Alley, with the Irreversible Jackets having home ice advantage. 5011 Notre-Dame W., 9 p.m., $12

Saturday: This Saturday night is clear-cut, with only one show begging for your presence: Vomit Squad will be frothing at the mouth with psyched out punk at Bistro de Paris, with synth-punk act Perverted Justice, Paul Jabobs and After Party Acid People. 4536 St-Denis, 9 p.m.

Sunday: The Sabbath hosts my two big picks of the week: Start your night at Sound Central for the launch of Lisa Czech’s new zine Punk Village, with Bogata’s Secta and Dead Hero performing yet again with Parasytes. To help lure you off of your couch on this slow night is Czech’s pop-up shop at Sound Central, which runs until Oct. 24. Some great Czech-related posters, zines, pins etc are up for grabs. 4486 Coloniale, 4-7 p.m.

After that you can make it to a free show at Agora du Coeur des Sciences de l’UQAM with the pure psych/prog goodness of Avec le Soleil de Sa Bouche and the hypnotic electronic croon and swoon of Marie Davidson. 175 Président-Kennedy (CO-R500), 10 p.m., free

Tuesday: Turbo Haus is really blotting out the October calendar with yet another show featuring Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Nuns (not the legendary San Francisco Nuns) and Wizaard. 5011 Notre-Dame W., 8:30 p.m., $12

Wednesday: With the end of this column’s week comes the melodic punk of Titus Andronicus with Spider Bags and Baked at le Ritz. 179 Jean-Talon W., 9:30 p.m., $15/$18


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