Unless you’re hopelessly L7, you’re probably hip to the fact that the Suoni per il Popolo festival is in its second week. With FrancoFolies sharing space with the F1 douchebags, there is plenty happening, so read on and get yer gig on.
Thursday: Analogue Addiction keep the city rolling with a night at l’Esco featuring Fuck Toute with Fullblood (who launch their debut), and Falleen warming up the room. 4467 St-Denis, 9 p.m., $7
If you’ve been reading this little ol’ column for awhile now, you’re probably well aware of my fawning adoration for the mightiest band, Swans. Tonight, Suoni presents Swans multi-instrumentalist Thor Harris, who’ll get his jam on with some of Montreal’s brightest musicians (among them Thierry Amar and Sheenah Ko), along with openers Echo Beach and Meaghan Sivani. La Sala Rossa (4848 St-Laurent), 9 p.m., $10/$13
Friday: Katcombes are celebrating the official opening of their terrasse with a screening of the documentary Montreal Hardcore, with a dance party happening after the film. 1635 St-Laurent, 6 p.m.- 3 a.m.
Saturday: If you find yourselves elbow to elbow with the F1 fucks, you can get some salvation at Crobar, where bands including Dirtcake, the Bombs and Mooch will be punking things up. 1221 Crescent, 9 p.m., $5
Remember the massive psychobilly resurgence of 2000? Well they never went away, and to prove it Tiger Army will leave skid marks at Foufs with the Bellfuries, the Pin Hill Haints and Gutter Demons. 87 Ste-Catherine E., 7 p.m., $30/$34
The big ticket of the week — and maybe even of the year — would definitely be the mighty drone/doom of Sunn O))) at Théâtre Fairmount with the black metal of Hissing. This show will be talked about for decades and possesses the power of being utterly life changing but if you didn’t grab tix yer fugged as this is sold the fuck out (duh). 5240 Parc, 8 p.m., SOLD OUT
Suoni has also cooked up a night at a secret location with Marie Davidson, Varg, Motorkiller and Croatian Amor, so get your decoder rings out. Secret location, 1 a.m., $10
Sunday: For those of you who can actually stomach watching shows in hockey arenas, you can squint at the big screen when Tame Impala get their jam on at the Bell Centre with Benjamin Booker. 1909 Avenue des Canadiens de Montréal, 8 p.m., $44.50-$72
Down at the always-rocking Turbo Haus, riff hounds are going to want to catch Black Wizard, Dead Quiet and Welwitsch. 5011 Notre-Dame W., 9 p.m., $9/$13
Tuesday: At the coolest joint in Mile Ex (the Drones), you can catch Halifax’s Old and Weird with Heaven for Real, Soft Opening and Blue Odeur. Secret location, 4:20 p.m. (that might be a joke; check here for details)
Suoni brings Montnreal ex-pat and Spaceshits alumnus King Khan back into town to play Sala with his mighty Shrines in tow. 4848 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $20/$23, all ages
Wednesday: If you’re thinking about checking out some of the FrancoFolies shows, Bateau Noir is must. Place des Festivals (Ford stage, Ste-Catherine & Jeanne Mance), 11 p.m., free
One of the best power pop bands in the city, Sonic Avenues, will shake and shine at Turbo Haus with Vacation, Nato Coles and Life of Crime. 5011 Notre-Dame W., 9 p.m., $8/$12
Finally, my old band Bionic is sweating to the oldies with all the original members, playing our first self-titled record (which nobody bought) at l’Esco, with the Sick Things. 4467 St-Denis, 9 p.m., $10
Current Obsession: Sunn O))), Altar