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Parlovr, Mixylodian, and Sister Suvi @ Casa Del Popolo, Sat. Jan. 17th

Posted by Olivier / January 19, 2009

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It's been a slow start to the new year for Montreal's music scene, with Lil' Wayne the biggest act to have come through so far. The city's anti-gang squad may have dampened the atmosphere a tad at that show, unless the anti-gang squad is like 21 Jump Street and Johnny Depp-esque fake rap enthusiasts infiltrated the crowd and had an awesome time.

But who needs fancy international acts and police presence anyways? For good omens that 2009 will feature a plentiful music bounty, look no further than this past Saturday night's triple-header of local acts at Casa del Popolo. Parlovr, Mixylodian, and Sister Suvi entertained a fire-code violating sell-out crowd with three unique sets. Any fears that Montreal is losing its place as cauldron of musical ingenuity were silenced with this trio of talented acts, much to the chagrin of cranky old-timers waiting to claim Montreal back from the hipsters.

Parlovr is the brightest star of the bunch.They are one of the most enjoyable live acts in the city, and are somehow still the openers despite consistently stealing the show, as they did a year ago when I first saw them. Bright spots include their fine balance between pop and a less predictable, post-rock sound, as well as the the plumber's butt displayed by guitarist/keyboardist Alex Cooper throughout the show. The butt itself was a little bit more emaciated than a healthy, poutine-fed butt, but all-in-all, A+ for presentation.

Mixylodian and Sister Suvi provided their own distinct musical experiences. Mixylodian's music is beat and keyboard-driven with vocal harmonies laid over top, while Sister Suvi defies categorization but occasionally sounds like reggae with a ukulele. None of these groups can be typecast as playing a "Montreal sound", and yet their is something about all of them that the Montrealophile in me takes pride in watching. If the made-in-Montreal brand of music survives, it will likely be because of the capacity of local artists to build and evolve with their musical neighbours: Parlovr's Cooper played with Mixylodian for most of their set on Saturday, and Patrick Gregoire of Sister Suvi also plays for Islands. For once, in-breeding may have evolutionary advantages.

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Jeff / January 19, 2009 at 12:11 pm
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So glad to hear it went well. Kudos to Patrick Gregoire
G / January 19, 2009 at 02:13 pm
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That a load of horse crap! What is this Darwinist crap? Nothing ever survives through evolution... especially not music. God made man in his own image, and thus the key to good music, and it's survival, is clearly emulation.

I dug Sister Suvi live. They're a lot better than the sound of their myspace.

Jeff's killing it so far this year... Pick up the slack O-bag.
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