Do yourself a favour and go see some of these shows this week.


Les nuits psychédéliques de Québec: Odonis Odonis + Hellshovel @ Le Cercle

A sure sign that the psych genre is on the rise, Les nuits psychédéliques de Québec will have its first edition this weekend. The party actually kicks off tonight, April 10, with a psychedelic dance party at Le Cercle with Mr. Songbird.

Doors open at 8 p.m.; tickets cost $17.50 in advance at Le Cercle (228 St-Joseph e.), Le Knock-Out (832 St-Joseph e.) and online or $20 at the door. 

Po Lazarus + Zoë and the Lost Boys @ Grumpy’s Bar

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


Les nuits psychédéliques de Québec: Tonstartssbandht + PyPy @ Le Cercle

Doors open at 8 p.m.; tickets cost $17.50 in advance at Le Cercle (228 St-Joseph e.), Le Knock-Out (832 St-Joseph e.) and online or $20 at the door.

BOIDS + Broadcaster + Panic Attack + The Penske File @ l’Escogriffe

Montreal punk band BOIDS are back in town from a west-coast tour with the Real McKenzies and are officially launching their new album We Stalk Each Other Like Animals.

Show starts at 9 p.m., $10.


Full Moon Total Eclipse of the Empire: The Shakewells + NooM + Skurge @ Kiss Lounge

This Tuesday, celebrate the copper full moon and one of the two lunar eclipses of the year. Witching Hour Events have built up a reputation for planning these fun parties based around the idea of promoting geopolitical change through open-mindedness. That’s a cool way of saying that their events always feature great music, film, art activities, trippy projections by local visual artists and some sort of unconventional entertainment (this time it’s live Kung Fu and something called the Space Unicorns Go Go Dancers).

Doors open at 9:30 p.m., $7.


Bad Uncle + Kids Eat Crayons @ Divan Orange

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

M for Montreal starts this Wednesday and with four days worth of concerts, panel discussions and workshops, it’s the usual overload of stuff to see and do. Here’s our list of top musical acts to see at this year’s festival.


Yamantaka // Sonic Titan @ La Sala Rossa

When: 9 p.m.

Where: 4848 Saint-Laurent

How much: $18


Born Ruffians + Odonis Odonis @ La Sala Rossa

When: 9:30 p.m.

Where: 4848 Saint-Laurent

How much: $18

A Tribe Called Red + Tommy Kruise @ S.A.T.

When: 10 p.m.

Where: 1201 Saint-Laurent

How much: $18


Apigeon + How Sad + Boats + Seb Black @ TRH Bar

When: 8:30 p.m.

Where: 3699 Saint-Laurent

How much: $10

Grand Analog + Cadence Weapon (DJ set) @ Divan Orange

When: Midnight

Where: 4234 Saint-Laurent

How much: $12

Duchess Says + We Are Wolves + Solids @ Cabaret Underworld

When: 10 p.m.

Where: 1403 Sainte-Elizabeth

How much: $15

Kandle + Pawa Up First @ Nomad

When: 10 p.m.

Where: 129 Van Horne

How much: $15


Franco M: Ponctuation + Dead Obies @ Café Campus

When: 2:15 p.m.

Where: 57 Prince-Arthur

How much: $14

Young Galaxy + Miracle Fortress + Valleys & Purity Ring (DJ set) @ S.A.T.

When: 9 p.m.

Where: 1201 Saint-Laurent

How much: $15 (includes entry to afterparty w/ Purity Ring)

Further information can be found on the M for Montreal website. You can also download their app for iOS or Android.

Photo by Alex Bédard for M for Montreal. 

Odonis Odonis @ M for Montreal Boat Cruise
Adonis Adonis on NXNE M for Montreal boat cruiseBoys who look like they need a babysitter should not be playing music this good. Seriously. Odonis Odonis played in the early afternoon on the M for Montreal boat cruise during NXNE. (Which, by the way, has been one of their best boat cruises yet; the people on it were awesome this year.) If you closed your eyes during the Odonis Odonis set you’d think they had been playing for over ten years in dark venues in the underground bars of Williamsburg. But they haven’t. Who knows if they’ve even ever been there. Again, this is all said with love.

Anyway, let’s jump back to the part when your eyes are closed. When you open your eyes, your mouth drops. These Montreal boys are so young (I am saying this with love boys, I think you’re great) with such good vibes…you can’t stop but stare. I was in awe of their sound. And my gut says their sound is part of a scene that’s currently missing and evolving. It’s not moustache indie dance, it’s not sit-down-at-your-table folk, it’s not bleed down your face hardcore punk. It’s a dark, sweeping, surf rock. And the turnout, plus mosh pit, for their set on the boat cruise filled the room with a sober energy (not saying we were sober) that echoed off the walls and spilled down your bones.random art project thanks

Check out these kids next time they hit up your town and try the eye trick. I promise it won’t disappoint.

P.S. I made this while trying to write this review while listening to Odonis Odonis. They are the inspiration.


Joey Bada$$ @ Wrongbar

First thing’s first, let’s clear the air here: I am not a huge fan of hip hop. I never really have been, and I wasn’t thinking I’d change my mind anytime soon. Then I saw Joey Bada$$ at Wrongbar on Saturday night. You know one of those nights when everything has just gone to shit, and you just need to get to a good place…yeah, Joey Bada$$ and the crowd did that for me.

NXNE 13-512We walked into a packed-to-the-walls Wrongbar to this crew on stage. I had no idea what I was walking into. (Side note: these are the times when you truly love NXNE or other festivals – the surprises). Being the little chipmunk I am, I make my way to the top left side where you could see everything. This guy was nuts. The crowd was losing it. At some point I looked around and everyone had their hands in the air. It was so hot and sweaty you finished the show 10 pounds lighter. His beats made your skin melt.

During his final set, when he was saying his goodbyes, the crowd started heading outside for air…when all of a sudden someone screamed, “Joey Bada$$!!” and everyone swarmed like a bunch of drunk bees around him. You got lost. I got trampled. We made it out alive.

Not sure what his touring deal is, but baby, you’ve got to feel the way that felt.

Cool, well, that’s all I got this year. Big thanks to NXNE and all the bands. You always rock my world.

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