Montreal Music Shows This Week: Brand New, Brunch with Les Guerres d’l’Amour, Thor Harris, a Whole Bunch of Thrash & More

On tap this time around we check in with rockers Brand New who are playing back-to-back shows this weekend, I tell you to get up early on Sunday, make a terrible pun and use the word “thrashgasm.” For regular readers of this column (a.k.a Mom) please note that next week we’ll be coming to you on Wednesday as part of a very special Folk Fest preview. In honour of that, here’s four shows that have nothing to do with folk music.

Brand New + MeWithoutYou + Greater Pyrenees

This weekend veterans of the Pop Punk scene Brand New will be coming to the Olympia for what might be their last two shows ever in Montreal. Recently the band release a new T-Shirt for sale on their website that has the text “Brand New 2000 – 2018” written on it.

Is this prophecy or just marketing gimmick? The band is being tight lipped about it which should make any fan think twice about planning to “catch them the next time they’re in town.”

Joining them will be Greater Pyrenees and this week’s “coolest band you’ve never heard of” MeWithoutYou whose mix of post hardcore punk rock with religious themes and imagery makes for a very captivating listen.

Brand New, MeWithoutYou and Greater Pyrenees play The Olympia, 1004 St-Catherine East, Saturday and Sunday, June 11th and 12th, 8:00pm (Doors 7:00pm), tickets $43.75 through evenko box office or $48.75 at the door.

Thor Harris & Friends + Echo Beach + Sivani

Tonight you can head over to Sala Rosa where percussionist Thor Harris will be performing with a bunch of his “friends”, a.k.a musicians Peggy Ghorbani, Sarah “the goat” Gautier, Thierry Amar, Sheenah Ko, Simon Trottier, Taylor Kirk and more. Harris’s solo work is known for being entirely instrumental and featuring his own hand crafted percussive instruments making his sound very one of a kind.

Local bands Echo Beach and Sivani, who also create music that pushes conventional borders, will be taking the stage as well. Those who want to get outside the standard rock show experience should take note, this one’s for you.

 Thor Harris & Friends, Echo Beach and Sivani play Sala Rosa, 4848 St. Laurent, Thursday, June 10th, 9:00pm (Doors 8:00pm), tickets $10 available through lfttckt or $13 at the door.

Les Guerres d’l’Amour

On Sunday afternoon you can get your groove on and partake in a little afternoon funk (get your mind out of the gutter, I literally mean a funk band is performing in the middle of the day). Just head over to Divan Orange where Les Guerres d’l’Amour are playing as part of the IndieMontreal Brunch Concert Series.

The brunch theme is not just because of the showtime (1:00pm) but because there are various meal options you can get along with the performance. Well isn’t that just an appetizing combination! (There’s the terrible pun I promised)

Les Guerres d’l’Amour play Divan Orange, 4234 St. Laurent, Sunday, June 12th, 1:00pm (Doors 12:00pm), tickets $12 (just the show) or 21.75$ to $26.75 (show and a meal) available through Indiemontreal box office.

Return Of the Banging Head

The title for this event is not only catchy but highly accurate. This Friday, GrimeyMTL will be putting on a metal showcase at Crobar headlined by Saskatoon’s own Untimely Demise who are currently on tour in support of their new album Black Widow.

Joining them will be local acts MutankPowered by Death and Chemical Way making this the absolute best bang for your buck show this weekend (tickets are only five dollars) for those looking for a thrashgasm. If you like your music loud & fast and your beer & tickets reasonably priced then you know where to go.

Untimely Demise, Mutank, Powered by Death and Chemical Way play Crobar, 1221 Crescent, Friday, June 10th, 8:00pm, tickets $5 at the door.

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