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The Venue Revue: Dec 14 - 21, 2009

Posted by Gabby / December 13, 2009

venuerevue12-1320.jpgPhoto: "Teki Latex @ Foufounes Electriques [Crowd] (Montréal, QC, Canada)", by Midnight Poutine flickr pooler indeepdark.

This week in concerts: Montreal bands try to take over, Brit-rock superstars Arctic Monkeys are here to titillate your senses, and hardcore fans rejoice (no, really!).

Monday, Dec. 14:
Arctic Monkeys w/ Parlovr, Metropolis
They aren't actually monkeys from the Arctic Circle - but close enough. This British indie alt-rock formation has turned many heads with the release of punchy singles such as "Fluorescent Adolescent" and "Crying Lightning". Montreal's Parlovr (pronounced like parlor) has been heavily featured on the music blog i(heart)music, and their fun groove is bound to be a great match for the Monkeys.

Wednesday, Dec. 16:
Beast w/ Random Recipe, Club Soda
Montreal self-proclaimed experimental-trip hop duo Beast comes from the clash of Beatrice Bonifassi, whose contribution to the Triplets of Belleville soundtrack was much appreciated, and Jean-Phil Goncalves, from the band Plaster.

Wednesday, Dec. 16:
Patrick Watson w/ Basia Bulat, Metropolis
Montreal indie-rock darling Patrick Watson makes some damn pretty music, and is probably worth checking out for 258 different reasons, in my humble opinion. Basia Bulat, hailing from Toronto, is a folk songstress whose voice is just as powerful as Mr. Watson's melodies. A match made in music heaven? I think so.

Thursday, Dec. 17:
Hatebreed, Metropolis
This Grammy Award-nominated hardcore punk from Connecticut has just released a brand new self-titled album, and they're looking for Santa suits. These guys are so intense, their MySpace page makes my MacBook cry with fear.

Friday, Dec. 18:
Malajube w/ Clues, Metropolis
Really, Montreal bands are going all-out this week. On Friday, it's time for some high-energy rocking-out with Frenchie rockers Malajube. Opening for them is another Montreal band, Clues, fresh from a massive European tour and ready for some action at home.

Saturday, Dec. 19:
Protest the Hero w/ Abandon All Ships & Assassinate the Following, Le National
If you were looking for a Saturday night moshfest, you just might have found it. Behold the ultimate Ontario tour: Protest the Hero, from Whitby, techno-hardcore band Abandon All Ships, from Toronto, and Assassinate the Following, from Windsor.

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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