Friday, March 8

* This Woman’s Work at D&Q
* The Besnard Lakes at Esco
* Primal at Cabaret Berlin
* Afrodiscoteca at Maison 2109
* Regal and JKS at Octov

Sunday, Dec. 7

* It’s your last chance to see hit Broadway musical comedy The Book of Mormon
* 3D architecture doc Cathedrals of Culture screens at the Phi Centre
* The Film Society screens 1964 epic The Fall of the Roman Empire
* Supreme local psych band the Besnard Lakes play Bar le Ritz PDB

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Thursday, August 1

* Read the Rant Line™!
* Clive Barker’s The History of the Devil
* Improv comedy fest kicks off
* The Besnard Lakes at the Corona Theatre
* Arthur H and AroarA play the PHI Centre

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Saturday, April 13

* La Braderie de Mode Québécoise continues
* CJLO fundraiser wraps w/ a show and prize draw at Turbo Haüs
* The Besnard Lakes at Cabaret du Mile End
* Nomadic Massive and Dead Obies at Club Soda
* Boogat, High Klassified & co. at the PHI Centre

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The Besnard Lakes & metric tonnes of heavy

Digging into the majestic new record by Montreal’s Besnard Lakes, officially launching with a show on Saturday. But there’s stiff competition on the concert circuit this week, with loads of righteous punk, metal and rock ‘n’ roll bands pouring into our venues, beginning with the King Khan & BBQ show tonight.

Today’s Sounds: SBTRKT

London, England electronic duo SBTRKT played one of the best sets at Osheaga last year, and a new Live album, supplemented by video, comes close to capturing that sick energy. Plus: a new track by the Besnard Lakes and a video by Rachel Zeffira, half of Cat’s Eyes.

Post-pop hangover

Once again, this year’s Pop Montreal festival positively raged. If you truly did it up right, you are probably still in recovery mode, like I am.
My first Pop show on Thursday night was Aussie trio the Dirty Three at the perfect venue: Ukrainian Federation. The bar was set high here, as the Dirty Three was my projected Pop highlight. Violinist/keyboard player Warren Ellis remains everything I look for in a tried-and-true rock star. Punctuating his liquid violin lines with high kicks and jerking body movements, Ellis is simply untouchable. When things got a little too heavy and dark, Ellis was quick to add levity and regale the sold-out crowd with stream-of-conscious tales that involved Bono and whatever else his rambling mind could latch on to.