The gigs of the week, including the gothfather, the ultimate stoner genius and one of Montreal’s best musicians.
No calm before next week’s storm + the show we shat the bed on last week.
* Belgo Building vernissages
* HushLamb music showcase at Goethe Institut
* Bud Rice single launch at Turbo Haus
* The Sadies play Bar le Ritz PDB
* Beaver Sheppard launches Jon Shape at the Emerald Bar
* LGBT club night POMPe 5th anniversary bash at Felix
Two local bands are launching EPs, one of Canada’s best live bands ever is playing and more punk, psych, power pop & synth gigs to get to.
The annual Pop Montreal festival is indeed upon us this week. Every year, I religiously tap out an introduction with a don of the ol’ cap to everything I love about the festival. Usually I’ll start greasing Pop’s wheels with some flowery phrases about how it adds to the culture of our fine city, sidesteps the overbearing corporate presence that mars other festivals, books an incredibly eclectic range of bands, maintains its grassroots appeal while operating like a well-oiled machine, brings in amazing volunteers to supplement the amazing staff and blah blah blah.
But this year there are just too many rad shows happening to be so verbose, even in this relatively versatile format, so I’ll refrain from the usual Pop reach-around and get to the point: Pop Montreal is the tits, jack! (Pop reps can reach me at the address below for permission to use that one.)