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The Venue Revue: June 21-27, 2010

Posted by Gabby / June 21, 2010

venuerevue_062110.jpgPhoto: "Borgore/Koi", by Midnight Poutine flickr pooler StacyannLee.

This week in concerts: While we acknowledge that Isis is playing their last show ever in Montreal on Wednesday, we believe that there are more pressing matters to discuss, such as the impending apocalypse brought about by the energy of various local music festival acts being simultaneously unleashed. And also a bunch of really cool indie shows coming up. That's important.

Tuesday, June 22:
Ted Leo + the Pharmacists w/ Screaming Females, Il Motore
While it gives me a headache to think of such a well-known band as Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, who I've seen open for Death Cab, playing in such a teensy-weensy venue as Il Motore, I'm also thankful. You know why? Because they're so damn catchy. The opening band, New Jersey's Screaming Females, is equally catchy, although I do believe there's only one screaming female. How disappointing.

Wednesday, June 23:
Born Ruffians w/ Young Rival and PS I Love You, Il Motore
The boys from Born Ruffians might have put together this band in Midland, Ontario, but their glossy, cheeky sound screams "Brit-rock". They will be playing with fellow hop-la-vie Ontario bands Young Rival, and PS I Love You, for what should be a ridiculously fun night.

Thursday, June 24:
Chocolat w/ The Peelies, Canailles and Lake of Stew, Club Lambi
This St-Jean Borderline show is all you need to perk you up if you've been left out of your friends' Fête Nationale plans. Don't miss Chocolat, a scrappy, soulful Montreal band that hasn't been up to a whole lot lately but still retains a special place in my heart thanks to an amazing album (2008's Piano Élégant). Also on the bill are Lake of Stew, a local band with a hoopla of sept-carré-worthy violin riffs, boy-girl harmonies and guitar-pickin' fun.

Sunday, June 27:
Charlotte Cornfield w/ Donlands and Mortimer, Divan Orange
Miss Charlotte Cornfield is both a Divan Orange and a Midnight Poutine habituée. Donlands and Mortimer, a self-proclaimed prog-pop (what?) group from Toronto, makes a groovy blend of jazz, world music and folk rock music, paired up with some pretty sweet vocals.

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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