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Jeunesse Cosmique presents: Processor + Little Ghost + AE Bridger + Wiwichu @ Casa del Popolo

Jeunesse Cosmique is one of the most interesting labels in Montreal, representing a truly eclectic collection of artists that have one thing in common: their music can be described as experimental or just plain weird. This event will feature live painting by local artist Chang E Ling.

Show starts at 9 p.m., PWYC ($5 suggested).


L’OFF Festival de Jazz de Montreal presents: Kids Eat Crayons @ Resonance Café

My favourite weirdo/jazz/punk band will be playing two sets throughout the evening. According to the event description, there will be a real live grand piano! That eats children! Kids Eat Crayons have also just released their first ever music video for a song called ‘Winston Eats Shit’. Check it out!

Show starts at 10:30 p.m., $10.


Appalaches + Atsuko Chiba + Au Revoir + Alam Al-Mithal @ l’Hémisphère Gauche

Appalaches are an instrumental post rock band. Guitarist Mat Jason Blanchet will be leaving the band to live abroad so this is your chance to see them with their current lineup.

Show starts at 9 p.m., $12.

Montreal Psych Fest Fundraiser feat. POP GOES + Paddle to the Sea + Lightbulb Alley + Kompadres @ Bistro de Paris

Montreal Psych Fest’s main organizer Tasha Class put on a three-day festival this year by dishing out a lot of money from her own pocket. If you feel so inclined, help her out by going to this show and dropping some cash in the bucket.

Show starts at 10 p.m., PWYC.


NOÏSUNDAÉÈ #29 @ La Plante

NOÏSUNDAÉÈ is an afternoon concert series that takes place every Sunday at La Plante. It seeks to showcase artists whose work may not otherwise see the light of day because it may be too weird, non-traditional or fun for mainstream ears. At the end of the show, attendees can enjoy a meal prepared by the Plant Community Kitchen for a small donation.

This week features Jamie Dunkle and his “projet de drone pesant pour orgue électrique”; Rochester, NY ensemble Gay Angel; Orian; and Portable Cosmoshrine, the solo project of Shota from Wreckage with Stick.

Show starts at 3:30 p.m., PWYC.

King Tuff + Cassie Ramone + Beat Cops @ Bar le “RITZ” P.D.B.

King Tuff’s third full-length Black Moon Spell is out now. “Los Angeles, full of its screaming coyotes and creeping helicopters, surely slathered its sexy, twisted, hairy, polluted spirit all over Black Moon Spell. The Sunset Strip shat itself when it heard all these guitar solos.” — Black Moon Spell bio page on Sub Pop Records.

Doors open at 8 p.m., $13 in advance via Blue Skies Turn Black or $15 at the door.


Secret Chiefs 3 + Cleric @ La Vitrola

A constantly revolving lineup and a mix of so many genres it’ll make your head spin (including surf rock, death metal and traditional Middle Eastern folk influences), Secret Chiefs 3 is really unlike anything else.

Doors open at 8 p.m., $20 via Blue Skies Turn Black or at the door.

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Radio Radio + Dead Obies + Beat Market @ Université de Montréal (Place de la Laurentienne)

Starts at 7 p.m., free.

Alex Pelchat, Eric Lewis, John Heward & friends @ La Poêle

Alex Pelchat is a Montreal experimental musician. Even if you don’t recognize the name, you may be familiar with many of the projects he has a hand in. He plays in Drøm Før Du Dør, *Shining Wizard* and Gens Chrétiens in addition to his solo act. He also helped found the Misery Loves Co. tape label with other Montreal musicians. He has also been a steady fixture of the Montreal improvisational and experimental music scenes, having participated in Mardi Spaghetti — a weekly improvised music series at Le Cagibi that started in 2008 — and organizing Noïsundaéè — another weekly music series showcasing anything that can be described as weird or strange that happens Sunday afternoons at La Plante.

Show starts at 7 p.m., $10 suggested contribution.

10 years of Divan Orange: PyPy + Jesuslesfilles + DJs Bonnes Manières @ Divan Orange

Doors open at 8 p.m., $14 at the door.


Montreal Psych Fest @ La Vitrola

This city’s only festival dedicated exclusively to psychedelic music is back for a third consecutive year. Starting on Friday, this year’s festival presents three nights of performances featuring Pachyderm, The Backhomes, Les Marinellis, Red Mass and The Auras.

Friday and Saturday shows start at 9:30; $10 at the door before 10 p.m., $15 after. Sunday show takes place at l’Escogriffe at 10 p.m., $10. 


Beat Market + Fonkynson + Le Couleur + French Fox @ Bassin Peel

Parcs Canada in collaboration with Lisbon Lux Records are presenting this free, two-day outdoor event showcasing some of the best of the Lisbon Lux roster.

Saturday show takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday show takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., free.

Grump + Bearmace + Perverted Justice @ l’Escogriffe

Doors open at 8 p.m., $5.

The Growlers + The Garden + Nancy Pants @ Bar le “RITZ” P.B.D. (formerly Il Motore)

Doors open at 8 p.m., $15 in advance via Blue Skies Turn Black or at the door.


Russian Circles + The Atlas Moth @ Cabaret du Mile End

Doors open at 8 p.m., $18 in advance via Blue Skies Turn Black or $20 at the door.


Naomi Punk + Harsh Reality + Goddard x Pelchat @ La Plante

Doors open at 9 p.m., $5 or PWYC.


Windhand + All Them Witches + The Great Sabatini + Mountain Dust @ Petit Campus

Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $13 in advance online via Petit Campus and at Soundcentral, Aux 33 Tours or Cheap Thrills; $15 at the door.

Witching Hour presents Filthy Haanz + Nanimal + Superbloom + Primitive Hands @ l’Orage Club Échangiste

Witching Hour is a collective of Montrealers that includes musicians, artists, educators, writers, photographers, filmmakers and activists. All of their events feature live music and electronic DJs to supplement other media being presented, be it film, live body painting or yoga. This event will feature their usual varied lineup of live bands and electronic DJs, plus a body painting presentation, ‘an etheric healing chamber with palm reading and shamanic pracitices’ and much more.

Event starts at 9 p.m., $15 or $5 upon presentation of a POP Montreal festival pass.

It’s a typical Montreal summer night, meaning I’m hanging out with the members of Lightbulb Alley behind a dumpster in the Mile End and we’ve got a 12-pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon, half gone.

Drummer Martin Barrette is going through a pile of shirts in his suitcase that has DYLAN and SONIC YOUTH written on it in Sharpie. Their guitar player and vocalist, Alexandre Ferrara, hasn’t shown up yet so to kill time, front man Allister Booth is improvising Irish tunes for me, something about pretty lasses and being drunk. They tell me they’ve been drinking since noon. I try to catch up.

“This isn’t going to be a walk in the park, is it,” Booth says. “More like a walk on the moon.”

The night may have ended in tragedy (we wound up at Rockette, as you do, watching the cool kids dry hump to a DJ’s version of 80’s pop) but it began at The Helm. Or, rather, the alleyway behind The Helm. And before we all got blind drunk and started running down the street, singing Irish tunes and picking up chicks, I had a chat with Lightbulb Alley about their label, their tunes, and the threesome they plan on having in Switzerland:

Caile Donaldson: Tell me your darkest secrets. Let’s go. Right now.

Allister Booth: My darkest secret is that I always wanted to be a banker and cut my hair.

Martin Barrette: When I was younger, I tried to have sex with my babysitter. But it was awkward because she was a friend of my mother’s.

Alexandre Ferrera: For me, I have fucked up dreams. All the time.

CD: What are you, a Pisces?

AF: No. A lion and a Cancer. Split.

CD: Cool. So who does what? What do you guys play?

AB: I play the tambourine and the triangle. And I tap dance. I’m one of the better triangle players in the country. I’ve won awards. My name is Allister.

MB: I play drums. And I want to sing, someday.

AF: I play guitar and I sing.

CD: Why Montreal? Why are you guys here making music, you know, as opposed to another city?

AB: Montreal is just another fork in the road. It’s a place where a lot of cool musicians are, and the women are cool too. You can’t deny that. Come on, everyone knows it.

CD: You two are from Montreal, right? (Barette and Ferrera. Booth hails from Yellowknife.)

AF: Yeah. [Montreal] is also a good place to play. You have a lot of venues.

AB: We play a lot of different places, a lot of nooks and crannies.

CD: What do you all love about being in Montreal then? What’s your favorite part?

AF: I think it’s the people.

AB: Yeah, the people are pretty rock n’ roll. Pretty happy to dance. It’s such a good feeling when you see people dancing and having a good time. It’s like a boomerang of energy.

MB: The cool thing about playing in Montreal is [that it is] a really European city. You have the style [of that] when you play [here]. People understand what you try to do, what kind of vibe you want to put into your show.

CD: What’s been the weirdest show you guys have ever played?

AB: Playhouse.

MB: Playhouse.

AF: Drugs.

AB: We were on psychedelics…It was a poison night.

CD: A poison night?

AB: The main manager of [Cabaret Playhouse] was like attacking us, trying to say we were fucked up. And I said, “No, you’re fucked up. We’re bringing people to your venue, and whether you wanna book us or not, fuck you.”

MB: Exactly.

CD: Okay, but what made it weird, just the fact that he was in your face?

AB: Everyone was dancing, everyone was having a good time, but we were out of tune, we were drunk, maybe something else…We just were having too good of a time.

AF: Strings broke, the amps were too loud…

AB: We were smashing the guitars…

MB: But people like us, so, you know…

CD: You guys play a lot of shows here in Montreal, I’ve noticed. Why?

AB: I think that generally a lot of people have a fear of playing too many shows, but we play a lot because we want to always be available to our fan base and we tend to not have that fear, which is a status quo. It’s like a rule for a lot of [bands] to only have a show a month, but we have a lot of fun and people come to our shows because it’s like a party. One friend told me that he comes to our shows because he always gets laid every time he comes.

CD: I know I get laid every time I come to your shows.

AB: Good.

CD: Do you guys spend a lot of time in the studio too, or does most of your time go into performances?

AB: We play more shows than we practice, but when we play, that is just like practice.

MB: That’s why we want to do so many shows: to get people that we don’t know [to come] and also to practice.

CD: Let’s talk about your label.

AB: Well, we have a record label in Montreal who we had our first album with, it’s called Ricochet Sound [and is] the same label that The Gruesomes [are signed to]; they’re one of the most popular garage punk bands in Canada. Period…kind of the coolest guys ever.

CD: Who is? You are the coolest or they are?

AB: Oh, we are. The Gruesomes are overrated. Ah, I’m just joking. But yeah, we have a record label in Nottingham, No Way Out Records, and…

CD: Wait, who are you signed with though?

AB: Ricochet Sound.

CD: How did that happen? Tell me about that.

AB: Originally, Ray Biffin [from Ricochet Sound] came down [to our show] and bought us a bunch of beer and one of our albums. He was really cool and he said, “I just wanna sign you guys.” This was at Crobar. It was like in the movies.

CD: How do you guys write songs? How does it work between you?

AF: First, it’s Allister that starts with the riff and the song, and I have my songs too, but we play more of Allister’s songs because he’s spent seven years writing them…

AB: Yeah, Lightbulb Alley has been around for seven years. I think, overall, it’s best to do a little heroin and write a song, you know. The thing is, Alex has really cool songs, Martin has really cool songs, I have like, mediocre songs, and we’ve become a band. One of us will play a song and if the other members like it, we’ll go with it. We write alone and then bring it to the band.

CD: Let’s talk about Anachronik Music Festival. Was this your first year playing the festival?

AB: It was our first year [playing] with this formation of Lightbulb Alley.

CD: How was the experience?

AB: It was like any other show, in a way, but it was kind of exciting [because] there were a lot of people there who we really respect in the Montreal music scene, like our friend David Hener from The Cheap Thrills, and a bunch of other people, like the band Deluxe, another band we’ll be playing with…

AF: And it was cool because people were skateboarding around…

lightbulb alley CD: Oh, you played at TRH-Bar?

AF: Yeah, TRH-Bar.

AB: It’s just nice to know that you have respect from people that you really look up to, and all these musicians are coming to our show…it’s nice.

CD: You guys think you’ll play Anachronik next year?

AF: We’d like that.

AB: Well, you know, we’re moving onto bigger things. Lollapalooza is our first priority. I’m just joking. We’d love to play [Anachronik]. We’ll always play it.

CD: What are you listening to right now? Today.

AF: Today? Rolling Stones.

CD: The Stones? Seriously? Which album?

AF: Sticky Fingers.

AB: I listen to absolutely nothing. But sometimes I listen to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly soundtrack.

CD: Nice, I love that soundtrack.

AB: Yeah, I always listen to that.

MB: Me, I listen to the album by Tiny Tim called God Bless Tiny Tim.

CD: What?

MB: I just make food and cook to this music. It’s amazing. I love it.

CD: Very therapeutic, I’m sure. Alright, so if you guys could jam with any musician today, like a current musician, who would you want to jam with?

AF: Charles Manson.

CD: Good choice.

AB: I would jam with Paul Butterfield. But he’s dead.

CD: Well, then you fucked up. You have to pick someone who’s not dead.

AB: I’d like to jam with Paul Butterfield’s ghost.

CD: And Martin?

MB: I’ll jam with…

CD: No more ghosts.

MB: Okay, seriously, I’d jam with Roger Waters. Or Barack Obama. At the White House.

CD: I didn’t know he was a musician.

AB: How about Robin Williams?

CD: No, man, leave him alone. May he rest in peace. What’s your favorite music festival in Montreal right now?

AB: Little Italy Festival.

AF: Montreal Psych Fest.

MB: Yeah, I say the psych fest, too.

AB: They do a good job. We played there one time.

CD: Oh yeah? Which year?

AB: The first one.

CD: You guys playing this year?

AB: Nah. But [Montreal Psych Fest] books good bands and they try really hard. And [the festival] is kind of a grassroots sort of development. I really like what they’re trying to do.

10622262_682332808524798_2045114374_nCD: Definitely. What’s happening in the next little while for you guys?

MB: I really want to have a threesome.

AF: I think we have to continue to do shows, put out the album, and it’s going to work.

AB: We’re going to New York and we’re playing shows with bands like Quitty and the Don’ts, and the Recordettes, and we also want to go to Switzerland and France…

CD: So specific. Why Switzerland?

AB: There were some people asking us to play in Switzerland. And have a threesome. So we’re ready to go.

CD: Nice. So you’re coming out with a new album?

AB: Yeah, at Christmastime. For the family to enjoy under the Christmas tree.

CD: What’s with the band name? Lightbulb Alley? Why?

AB: Lightbulb is our inspiration. And Alley is our desperation. Lightbulb is life. Alley is death.

CD: Alright.

AF: For me, it’s when you die…

CD: Yes?

AF: …and you’re walking over the next elevation…

CD: Yes!

AF: …to the next brand new world!

MB: For me, it’s sexual.

CD: Amazing. Thank you, boys.


Photos by Caile Donaldson.

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SMOSAN #11: Avec le Soleil Sortant de sa Bouche + Femme Accident + Golden Tombs @ Le Cagibi

It is the one year anniversary of the monthly audio/visual performance series known as the Secret Museum of Sound and Nature. The series brings together people who share a common interest in new, innovative and experimental music. Read our interview with Jim Demos, founder and main organizer of the series.

Show starts at 9:15 p.m. (for real), $8.

Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women w/ Odaya + Beatrice Deer + Sarah Pagé + AroarA @ La Vitrola

HOWL, a Montreal collective promoting social justice through the arts, organized this event in collaboration with Missing Justice, a grassroots campaign, to draw attention to the large number of missing and murdered indigenous women. The event features performances by aboriginal artists Odaya and Beatrice Deer, as well as experimental harpist Sarah Pagé (The Barr Brothers) and Montreal duo AroarA.

Show starts at 8:30 p.m., $8.

Po Lazarus @ Honey Martin

Show starts at 10 p.m., free.


Life in Vacuum + Atsuko Chiba + Obstcls @ L’Escogriffe

Show starts at 9 p.m., $7.

Mystik Motorcycles + Melted Faces + Ultrapterodactyle @ Divan Orange

Show starts at 9:30 p.m., $7.


Montreal Psych Fest presents Elephant Stone + The Vacant Lots + Pachyderm @ Quai des Brumes

Montreal psychedelic powerhouse Elephant Stone are kicking off a summer of touring here in Montreal by performing all the tracks off their new album, the self-titled follow-up to their 2009 success The Seven Seas.

Doors open at 9 p.m., tickets cost $8 in advance online via Elephant Stone or $10 at the door.

Photo by Võ Thiên Việt via tumblr.

This year, Montreal further solidified its reputation as one of the most important music cities in the world. Our position as one of the great music capitals has never been in dispute, but we were missing something that other cities with major music scenes had: a psychedelic music festival.

Montreal Psych Fest founders John W. Stuart and David Lines were thinking along these lines when they decided to put together a festival that celebrates psychedelic music in all its forms. However, it seems somebody else had beat them to it.

“I got an email from Tasha Class, who had put on a festival last year, and was like ‘Hey, what are you doing? I thought I was doing Psych Fest?’ So we all teamed up and moved forward with it,” said Stuart.

This year’s festival was built upon Class’ one-night event last year and has grown to include over 20 local acts over a span of four days. The team already has plans to expand for next year’s edition by organizing psych-themed events throughout the year. Like Psych & Draw, an event that encourages participants to trip out their sketchbooks while listening to a selection of psychedelic music.

With the current resurgence of psychedelic music, the festival can only get bigger.

“[Psychedelic music] has always been present in the scene here but it sort of morphed and changed over the years,” Stuart said. “There is a really big resurgence with all the bands playing the festival, but also on a higher level with bands like The Besnard Lakes, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan and Elephant Stone. All these bands are doing quite well and they all have an element of psychedelia in their music.”

The key word here is element. In accordance with the traditionally open nature of the psychedelic movement, Stuart says that you don’t have to sound like The 13th Floor Elevators to be included in Montreal Psych Fest. This is clear when you look at this year’s lineup, which includes bands that incorporate an array of genres, sounds and instruments in their music.

One thing you can expect from every band is a far-out sensory experience. The best way to approach this is to give your mind up to the music and enjoy the trip. In the immortal words of Timothy Leary: Turn on, tune in and drop out.

Here’s a small selection of bands playing the Montreal Psych Fest:

Melted Faces – The Dhalias + Melted Faces + El Napoleon + Femme Accident
October 11, 3:15 a.m. @ TBA 

This band is what happens when you blend traditional, 60s-influenced psychedelic rock with garage and punk. The result is delightfully dissonant and decidedly danceable.

El Napoleon
October 11, 3:45 a.m. @ TBA

One-man solo project El Napoleon also has a heavy emphasis on garage-y, punk sounds. There are some unconventional surprises here as well, like the inclusion of a sitar.

Atsuko Chiba – The Hazelles + UUBBUURRUU + Atsuko Chiba + Psyche Tongues
October 12, midnight @ L’Escogriffe (7275 Sherbrooke e.)

This experimental 5-piece instrumental band blends elements of psychedelic, post-rock, metal and post-punk to create an otherworldly sound reminiscent of bands like Russian Circles, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Thee Silver Mt. Zion (watch this space for an upcoming interview with the band!).

Syngja – Will Eizlini + Hellenica + Syngja
October 13, 9 p.m. @ Le Cagibi (5490 boul. Saint-Laurent)

Inspired by Icelandic folk music, Syngja weaves electronic and analog elements into their dreamy psychedelic pop to really make you feel like you’re in an enchanted forest somewhere far away.

Montreal Psych Fest runs from October 10-13. For more info on the lineup, see their MontrealPsychFest.com

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Goblin + Secret Chiefs 3 @ Le National

Legendary Italian prog-rock band Goblin is coming to Montreal for the first time EVER. That’s pretty remarkable considering they’ve been around since the early 70s.

Goblin rose to fame in 1975 after scoring Dario Argento’s film Profondo Rosso. They quickly became synonymous with the great Italian horror films of the late 70s and 80s, providing soundtracks to films like George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, Lucio Fulci’s City of the Living Dead and Zombi 2 and other films by Argento including the 1977 masterpiece Suspiria.

Openers Secret Chiefs 3 are legendary in their own right. Band mastermind Trey Spruance is the former guitarist of Mr. Bungle and Faith No More.

The word ‘eclectic’ is thrown around a lot in music writing but Secret Chiefs 3 draw inspiration from an all–encompassing range of sources including 60s surf rock, Middle Eastern and Asian folk music, death metal, soundtracks from Western genre films by Ennio Morricone, electronic music… The list goes on but you get the idea.

Montreal Psych Fest [October 10 to 13] @ various venues

Thursday also marks the start of the 2nd annual Montreal Psych Fest with a party and show at Barfly.

The festival celebrates psychedelic music in all its forms, from sunny 60s-influenced psychedelic pop, to more progressive, experimental sounds. Festival preview coming soon!


Indian Handcrafts + Jimmy Target & The Triggers

This is your chance to catch the two Ontario natives behind Indian Handcrafts at such a small venue before it’s too late to do so. Their popularity has been rising exponentially since their first full-length release just a year ago. They’re signed to Sargent House, which has a reputation for turning out high-quality, influential acts like Russian Circles and Red Fang.

Just by listening to their record, Civil Disobedience for Losers, you can tell they come from frozen lands. The album is the perfect soundtrack for driving your beat-up clunker across dangerously icy Canadian highways during a blizzard in the middle of the night.