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The Venue Revue: Nov 29 - Dec 6, 2009

Posted by Gabby / November 29, 2009

venuerevue1129.jpgPhoto: "Karkwa @ Le National", by Midnight Poutine flickr pooler Sylvain Dumais.

This week in concerts: a quick spin around the world - UK, Australia, Denmark and France.

Monday, Nov 30:
The Big Pink w/ Crystal Antlers, La Sala Rossa
The Big Pink is basically two British multi-instrumentalists going nuts and getting rave reviews from sites like Pitchfork (for what it's worth). They've been on tour with Muse, and their debut album "A Brief History of Love" was released by the same label that puts out Crystal Castles and Klaxons.

Wednesday, Dec 2:
Zero 7 w/ Body Language, Club Soda
Zero 7 has been a big player in the downtempo genre for quite a while now, and they are definitely worth at least a listen. If you already know them, you know what I'm talking about.

Thursday, Dec 3:
The Cat Empire w/ Hey Ocean!, Metropolis
These australian kids are cool: they sing about diversity, they oppose war and intolerance. They combine many different sounds that don't seem like they go together, like ska, jazz and funk - but strangely enough, they do.

Saturday, Dec 5:
Mew, Just for Laughs Cabaret
Finally, the Danish masters of "dreamy thunderstorm pop" are here to promote their new album, "No More Stories are Told Today" - with the weirdest album cover yet.

Sunday, Dec 6:
Phoenix w/ Holy Fuck, Metropolis
French pop-rockers Phoenix bring their outrageously catchy music to Montreal once again - their sold-out gig at La Tulipe a few months ago was a smash hit. Do you know why the opening band is called Holy Fuck? Because that's basically your reaction when you see them live.

Note: This is just a quick overview according to a highly-biased writer. There are plenty more shows out there that suit every genre and style preference. I personally use Stillepost (for smaller shows) and Pollstar (for bigger entertainers) for show listings.



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