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.

Know a band or an artist that should be featured in Shows This Week? Maybe a show FTB should cover, too? Let us know at music@forgetthebox.net. We can’t be everywhere and can’t write about everything, but we do our best!

A big “fuck you” to Valentine’s Day and album launches galore for shows this week.


Karneef + Vesuvio Solo + Joji @ Cabaret Playhouse

Tonight, Montreal’s own Karneef will be officially launching his debut album, Love Between Us, released this past November via Club Roll. Karneef recently spoke to FTB, you can read about it here.

Doors open at 9 p.m., $5 before 11 p.m. or $7 after.

Fuck Valentine’s Day: Riot Porn + Stigmachine + Jesus Horse @ Deathouse

There’s no better way to spend the most vile of all holidays than sweating it out in the pit to some of the best punk and hardcore from our own backyard. The 2014 Fuck Valentine’s Day series spans two nights (see below for Saturday’s lineup). Also, free samosas.

Show starts at 10 p.m.


Kids Eat Crayons @ Casa del Popolo

The seven-member, self-described jazz-metal-freakout band is launching their second (and long-awaited) album Dogs at Play Among the Ruins. They’ve developed a sound that is truly all their own and it needs to be seen to be believed–their music is bizarre, contains elements that seemingly don’t go together but the result is quite pleasant and really fun.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m., $8.

PyPy + Crosss + Maica Mia @ TRH-Bar

Members of Duchess Says, CPC Gangbangs and Red Mass came together to form supergroup PyPy. They’re launching their debut album, Pagan Day, this week at what is sure to be the most psych-punk-thrashtastic live show of the next little while.

Show starts at 9 p.m., tickets cost $10 and can be bought in advance at Phonopolis, L’Oblique and Aux 33 Tours.

Pulses @ Divan Orange

A multi-sensory experience awaits Saturday night as Montreal electronic music duo Pulses launch their first full-length album, Pulsations. Presented as part of MEG’s Audio/Visual Showcase series, the event also features work by TiND, Orbital Mechanics, Ewerx, Sipherdee, Phil Fiction and Vj Albireo.

Show starts at 10 p.m., $9 at the door or here.

Fuck Valentine’s Day: Mutank + Muffler Crunch + Alcohol Fueled + The Lovely Haze @ Deathouse

Show starts at 10 p.m.


together PANGEA + Mozes and the Firstborn + Phèdre @ Casa del Popolo

Doors open at 8 p.m., $10 at the door or via blueskiesturnblack.com.


RAC Showcase: King Karoshi + Be Astronaut + Tofu Stravinsky + Brittany Kwasnik @ La Sala Rossa

Recording Arts Canada‘s Concert Showcase series features up-and-comers in the Montreal music scene. The event is meant to give emerging artists exposure to professionals in the industry and help advance their musical careers. The participating artists receive feedback on their performance and a chance to win free studio time in the RAC studios. It can be a good opportunity for some very deserving artists to gain recognition and for audience members to discover some new local talent.

Show starts at 7 p.m., free.

Hey you! Yes you! Go see these shows this week!


UNER + Mayssam @ Habitat

This one’s for all you club kids out there. Winner of best newcomer of the 2013 DJ Awards, Lleida, Spain’s UNER specializes in minimal house and techno with a definitively smooth European flavour. The club scene is really not my thing, and usually when I see the words “minimal house” my mind draws a total blank. That being said, there’s definitely something refreshing about UNER that sets him apart from many of his contemporaries.

When: 10 p.m.
Where: 1248 rue de la Montagne
How much: $25 ($20 pre-sale at Kafein and Atom Heart)


MUTANK + Squalor + CroMagnum @ Barfly

Montreal band MUTANK strip away all the superfluous nonsense to give you pure thrash metal at its simplest and punchiest. There could be no better venue to see them in. Ah, the smell of dingy bar sweat and cheap beer. Good times.

When: 9 p.m.
Where: 4062 St-Laurent
How much: $5


Scale the Summit + The Reign of Kindo + JOLLY @ Il Motore

Scale the Summit are touring in support of their fourth album, The Migration, released earlier this year. Their music, as does their name, evokes that tingly feeling you get when you’re about to embark on an adventure. Get there early and catch NYC’s JOLLY.

When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: 179 Jean-Talon o.
How much: $15