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Montreal "Weekend" May 11 to May 16

Posted by John / May 11, 2006

trash.jpgIf you've finished working on your cloning device and will be able to send your multiple selves to multiple venues this weekend, well done. It's a densely packed few days, a sneak preview of the busy summer ahead, and only those of us with cloning technology will be able to take full advantage.

Tonight (Thursday), after much venue-changing, Heavy Trash play Main Hall, at least as of this writing. This is Jon Spencer, he of the exploding blues, with members of the Sadies, they of the great country- and punk-influenced rock n' roll. It will probably be sweaty and tiring and memorable. Down the street at Sala Rossa, DJ Vadim plays along with Mtl-via-Maryland rapper BluRum 13, Pony Up launch their new record at Club Lambi, and the new morally-bankrupt incarnation of INXS, complete with Canadian contest winner singer, play the Bell Centre (who would actually go to this? Can someone tell me?).

On Friday, MSTRKRFT -- Jesse Keeler from Death From Above 1979 and Al-P from Girls Are Short -- play the SAT. Some excellent local acts are playing smaller venues: Snailhouse heads a lineup at Casa, while Demon's Claws play Divan Orange. And some kind of emo thingy featuring Fallout Boy is going down at the Stade Uniprix. I think it's emo, but, to be honest, I don't really have any idea.

Saturday is tough. My pick is the Stills, about whom I wrote the cover story in this week's issue of Toronto's Now. Their new album, which produced initial reactions that I generously describe as neutral, has grown on me considerably, and there's always a chance that their archrivals at Pop Montreal will show up and turn the Spectrum into a massive bar brawl. If that ain't your cup of tea, you probably can't go wrong at the Ninja Tune 10th birthday party at Metropolis, with dance-tastic action encouraged by Coldcut, Kid Koala and Blockhead. Blau!

Sunday, obviously, you'll re-string your air guitar and head to le Medley for Yngwie Malmsteen's shred-fest. Here's a good opportunity to link to the MP3 of Malmsteen's infamous jet-plane meltdown (via Blabbermouth).

Monday night, the very loud Mogwai play Spectrum in support of their excellent new record, Mr. Beast.

And on Tuesday, MP's own Krista (alter ego of Lederhosen Lucil) brings band Lucille to open for Klezmer-hop genius SoCalled, aka Josh Dolgin, at Divan Orange for the last show of the Mandatory Moustache local events season.

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