Friday, Oct. 23

* Quality movies on the cheap at Dollar Cinema
* Toronto Raptors vs. the Washington Wizards at the Bell Centre
* The Planet Smashers play Club Soda for Stomp’s 20th anniversary
* Yelpoween Halloween bash for charity
* Phénomena Festival wraps with la Décadence Électronique DJ night
* Indie pop and art rock bands play Turbo Haus
* Drop the Riddim vol. 17 at le Belmont

Saturday, July 4

* Carifiesta!
* Calgary Stampede breakfast, country music & sketch comedy at Théâtre Sainte Catherine
* Oh Hi collective presents a bunch of cool bands at Marché des Possibles
* Mundial Montreal kicks off the Weekends du Monde feat. Kid Koala, Valérie Daure, Poirier Sound System
* BadBadNotGood & Ghostface Killah + Music Is My Sanctuary afterparty at the Jazz Fest

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Friday, March 27

* Poetry publisher/blog Metatron launches its spring catalogue
* BBAM! Gallery screens Billie Holiday biopic Lady Sings the Blues
* “Master of the dirty joke” Big Jay Oakerson plays two shows at Théâtre Sainte Catherine
* MTL Psych Fest pres. UUBBUURRUU, Birds of Paradise, Trepanated Heads at l’Escogriffe
* Orkestar Kriminal launches Tummel at Divan Orange
* Face-T launches EP1 with Poirier & Riddim Wise at le Belmont

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Today’s Sounds: Timmy’s Organism

Pop Montreal has hosted some of the best shows I’ve ever seen. Swans, Mission of Burma, geez, way too many to mention. But the fest really earns its stripes when you stumble into a show to see a band that you have no previous knowledge of and sit slack-jawed at their pure genius. Detroit’s Human Eye was one of the bands that surprised and conquered when they levelled Casa about three years ago. That was a truly golden Pop Montreal moment.
When I found out that demented Human Eye frontman Timmy Vulgar had started Timmy’s Organism and released a killer blast of punk (2010’s Rise of the Green Gorilla, on Sacred Bones), I scooped it up, pronto. Their new jammer Raw Sewage Roq doesn’t grind any gears, continuing where Green Gorilla left off. Vulgar’s blood-curdling raunch ’n’ roll taps the dementia of Captain Beefheart and the guitar offensive of Motor City’s old guard, the Stooges and the MC5.