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The Venue Revue: July 12-18, 2010

Posted by Gabby / July 12, 2010

20100712_venuerevue.jpgPhoto: "Quai des brumes - 27 septembre 200", by Julie Gauthier, taken from Avec Pas d'casque's MySpace.

This week in concerts: If Emmanuel's post taught us anything, it's to take maximum advantage of any place or anyone who has air conditioning when it's that hot outside. The good news is, most venues have plenty of AC and refreshments to offer. The bad news is, there's so much going on this week that you won't want to miss anything at all.

Monday, July 12:
Passion Pit w/ Woodhands, Le National
I can't begin to express just how much of a crazy show this is going to be. Passion Pit's synth-pop, incredibly catchy as it is, would make an insane show by itself, but the gods of rock have made it so that they are playing with Toronto band Woodhands, who are a force to reckon with when it comes to frantic drumming and making people dance.

Tuesday, July 13:
FREE SHOW: The Constellations w/ Lights Off, Il Motore
Yes, you read that right: thanks to Osheaga, you get to see The Constellations, an Atlanta rock-hop collective known for taking apart Tom Waits songs - with his approval - and Lights Off, a Montreal-based shoegaze-pop band with some great riffs.

Friday, July 16:
Islands w/ Steel Phantoms and Gregory Peppers, Le Belmont
Still riding on the success of their latest offering Vapours (but once more without Jamie Thompson), Montreal darlings Islands are back from their Spring tour in Europe to play in their hometown. Steel Phantoms, hailing from Brooklyn, offer a dynamic take on indie rock and vocals vaguely reminiscent of Interpol (back when they were cool), while Gregory Pepper, from Guelph, brings his eclectic tunes and feel-good energy to the mix.

Sunday, July 18:
Snailhouse w/ Avec Pas d'casque, Divan Orange
Montrealer Michael Feuerstack, of Wooden Stars Fame, puts on his A-game under the Snailhouse pseudonym. This solo project is far from being a single-man operation, and he's collaborated with a ton of Canadian artists, including Julie Doiron and Elizabeth Powell, from Land of Talk. Avec Pas d'casque, with their lyrics in French and their soft sound, channel decades of Québécois folk music where the focus is on the words, not on how much noise you can make with a guitar.

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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