Nosheaga? No problem

Sick shows happening away from the festival grounds this weekend, including the comeback of beloved Montreal indie rockers.

facebookWell the elephant in our room this weekend is definitely Osheaga, but probably more than ever in the history of the event, shows competing for crowds in the city are coming up strong. Traditionally things would calm down in the clubs during Osheaga’s reign over the weekend, but the underground is boiling over this week. Check it.

Thursday: If you dig your hardcore queer and political, you can catch Ottawa’s DOXX at Sala with Crawler, Remwar, Terse and Ugly Cry with DJ’s Lizzy Jizzy, Shamama and Motorkiller. 4848 St-Laurent, 8 p.m., $5/PWYC

If you are getting hepped up for Osheaga and want to get a little extra lubed, go to Divan Orange for the official opening party with local psychsters Elephant Stone, Walrus and Pif Paf. 4234 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $13.90

For a night of spine crushing heaviosity you can catch Au Revoir at la Vitrola with Appalaches and Show of Bedlam who crawl out of their hiatus to take up the opening slot. 4602 St-Laurent, 8 p.m., $12

Friday: For people who like to shake it to greasy rawk ‘n’ roll, catch Sedatives at la Vitrola with the sublime power pop of Sonic Avenues and Chiller. 4602 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $8

For the dark and dancey types, Matahari Loft is the place to sway along to the fine sounds of Sisters of Mercy, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Bauhaus … uh, played by a DJ. 1676 Mont-Royal E., 9 p.m., $5

Our adopted sons Wolf Parade make their triumphant return at the Corona Theatre with Freak Heat Waves. Party like it’s 2005. 2490 Notre-Dame W., 11 p.m., $32

For a night of dark noise, head down to Sala for Desolatum, Nausia, Skin and Blankets. 4848 St-Laurent, 10 p.m., $5/PWYC

Saturday: If you made it to the Desolatum show on Friday, you might want to catch Boston’s Sewer Goddess, Maine’s Nycterent, Taskmaster, la Naegleria and the hardest working person in the noise biz, Skin, at Casa. 4873 St-Laurent, 9:30 p.m., $7/$10/PWYC

If you dig the tunes from the original British Invasion, point your Cuban heels down Mont-Royal Avenue to Pub Shefford and flip yer Beatle wig to the Beautiful Invasion, featuring some great Montreal players: Jason Kent, George Donoso III and Peter Grant.  1562 Mont-Royal E., 9 p.m., price not listed

If you’ve ever passed the sketch bar Pub Spectacle St-Denis, you will be utterly shocked to learn that there’s going to be a hair-raisin’ psych punk show there. Freaking out the local VLT zombies will be New York’s Kidaudra, Towanda, Vomit Squad, Garden Snake and Stank. 6966 St-Denis, 9 p.m., $5

Black-jeans rockers should catch Diemonds with Pyramid Theorem, Fractal Cypher, Mama Bear and People and Space at God’s favourite watering hole, Turbo Haus. 5011 Notre-Dame W., 8 p.m., $10/$12

Tuesday: If you are looking to shake off your Osheaga hangover, there’s plenty to do on Tuesday night starting with Heaven for Real, Moss Lime and Guy Madonna at Casa. 4873 St-Laurent, 8:30 p.m., price unlisted

If you want to take things down a couple of notches, catch ex-Eric Tripper Julie Doiron at le Ritz with Adrian Teacher and the Subs and Construction and Destruction. 179 Jean-Talon W., 9:30 p.m., $13/$15

The Deadly Mardi DIY Shows weekly series at Rockette keeps on chooglin’ with Silver Dapple. 4479 St-Denis, 10 p.m., $5/PWYC


For something decidedly more metallic, head down to Katacombes to catch Brazil’s Nervosa with Canceric and In the Name of Havoc. 1635 St-Laurent, 8 p.m., $12/$15

Wednesday: Better bring earplugs to Turbo Haus for the ballast blast of Forn with Yellow Eyes and Basalte. 5011 Notre-Dame W., 9 p.m., $10/$13

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