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The Venue Revue: May 25-31, 2010

Posted by Gabby / May 24, 2010

venuerevue_052410.jpgPhoto: "Disco Ball shines down", by Midnight Poutine flickr pooler jusmobile.

This week in concerts: Strangely enough for this time of year, it's stiflingly hot outside, making outdoors concert-ventures such as Picnik Electronik difficult to attend if you're the slightest bit sensitive to heat. Where's the good in that, you say? The majority of Montreal venues have air-conditioning.

Wednesday, May 26:
David Gray w/ Royal Wood, Théâtre St-Denis
In 1999, British singer-songwriter David Gray came out with White Ladder, an album that spawned a few singles, one of them even featured on hip-at-the-time teen show Roswell. Over a decade later, the guy's still around and touring. As for Royal Wood (that's actually his name), the Canadian singer-songwriter has been compared to the likes of Tom Waits and Rufus Wainwright.

Thursday, May 27:
Greg MacPherson w/ Dryer, Casa Del Popolo
Born in Nova Scotia and raised in Manitoba, Canadian singer-songwriter Greg MacPherson is known for his powerful lyrics and his country-tinged feel-good rock. He will be playing with Dryer, a Montreal indie duo with an album due in June and some gorgeous vocals.

Thursday, May 27:
The Twilight Sad w/ Mono, Sala Rossa
The boys from The Twilight Sad, a Scottish indie-rock outfit, have received worldwide critical acclaim for their first album, Fourteen Autumns And Fifteen Winters, and released a second album, Forget the Night Ahead, in 2009. But you know what's the best thing about them? Their accent. You can literally hear the lilt when vocalist James Graham sings. Instrumental experimental rockers Mono hail from Japan, making this a truly international touring lineup and something worth seeing.

Sunday, May 30:
Angus & Julia Stone w/ guests, L'Astral
The quirky but soft-singing Australian duo Angus & Julia Stone is stopping by for a show in Montreal, but don't ask me which bands they've brought with them. Their songs have been used all over the place, from Natalie Portman personally picking "The Beast" for a charity compilation to "All of Me" being featured on the British TV series Secret Diary of a Call Girl.

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, evenko and Indie Montreal and a few more for show listings.

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