Friday, Jan. 11

* LOTR with live orchestra at Place des Arts
* Lucas Charlie Rose at Vitrola
* The Smiffs at l’Esco
* Bowly OJPB at Maison2109
* Benjamin Damage at Newspeak

Sunday, Dec. 16

* Puces Pop
* Khinkali at Nouveau Palais
* sub.Media anniversary at Katacombes
* Stars at l’Astral
* Mike Patterson Saves Christmas
* Reflections afterhours

Saturday, March 16

* Planetarium open house
* Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank
* Stars @ Corona
* The Oppressed and the Prowlers @ Katacombes
* 10 Arrangements for The Unicorns string quintet
* Joseph & the Mercurials with KRS-DRK + ED 309 @ Il Motore

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Stars indulge in sex, death and The North

Stars play a pair of shows this week, each conceived around subjects that have inspired the band since their inception. Amy Millan spoke to Cult MTL about why they’ve always written about the best and the worst that life has to offer.

Stars hit home ice on tour with Metric

Patty McGee, drummer for the mostly Montreal-based indie pop act Stars, talks about living the soft arena-rock life, staying sane via touring with a toddler and making a major leap with their latest, greatest album, The North

Pop Montreal Day 1

Pop Montreal, it’s a good thing you have so many orifices. Six of Cult MTL’s faithful are out there daily on a circuit of sonic avenues leading straight to your core. Today, Lorraine Carpenter, Erik Leijon, Darcy MacDonald and Emily Raine report on what went down last night.