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The Venue Revue: Jan 17-23, 2011

Posted by Gabby / January 16, 2011

20110116_venuerevue.jpgPhoto: "W.A.S. / Art Brut / Spinto Band @ La Tulipe", by Midnight Poutine flickr pooler Nika.

This week in concerts: Hurray, hurray, the Venue Revue is back. This week, on top of the frosty goodness that is Igloofest, we've got a few fantastic local (and not-so-local) acts concentrated around Tuesday and Thursday, due to some cosmic realignment akin to what's happening in horoscope-land. Wednesday and Friday mornings shall be hard on you, concert-goers, but remember: it's all worth it.

Tuesday, Jan. 18:
Little Dragon + Billy Goat, Il Motore
The swell Swedes from Little Dragon are coming our way with their dreamy, glitchy electro sound. Strong from having a song featured on Grey's Anatomy, sharing a drummer with fellow Swedish act José Gonzales and a guest vocal stint on Gorillaz' latest opus Plastic Beach, these guys are fully geared and ready to conquer your hearts. Billy Goat, David Klein and Nick Woolley's project, combines stop-motion animation and homemade harp, keyboard, glock and electric guitar soundtracks, rolled up into one audiovisual treat.

Tuesday, Jan. 18:
Oberhofer w/ Cloud Nothings & Intensive Care, Casa Del Popolo
The good folks over at the Midnight Poutine Podcast have described Oberhofer's music as "pattern-happy", and I think I'd be hard-pressed to find a better way to sum up Brad Oberhofer & Co's catchy tunes. The lineup also features the fuzzy pop-rock outfit Cloud Nothings, and Montreal's very own Intensive Care, whose name we've definitely been dropping a lot around here.

Thursday, Jan. 20:
Mike O'Brien + Joe Grass, Divan Orange
I don't think I'll ever forget the night I saw Mike O'Brien open for David Martel in a restaurant. Granted, that was several years ago, but I don't think O'Brien's talent as urban raconteur extraordinaire or guitar maestro has gotten anything but better with time. Fellow Montrealer Joe Grass has an album coming out in February, but if you just can't wait to get your hands on his lovely acoustic melodies, head over to your friendly neighborhood iTunes store, where his music has been available for a couple of weeks now.

Thursday, Jan. 20:
Braids w/ Pop Winds & Long Long Long, Sala Rossa
The expectations are high for BRAIDS' new album, Native Speaker, which they will be launching this Thursday at the Sala Rossa. Fronted by the fiesty Raphaelle Standell-Preston, this band has been making noise in our dear little venues for quite some time now. There's not a whole lot to say about Pop Winds that hasn't already been said. Their debut album, The Turquoise, is a 2010 staple, a blast and a half to dance to, and they are frightfully good performers. Long Long Long, hailing from beautiful Nova Scotia, bring a guitar-filled edge to this fantastic lineup.

Saturday, Jan. 22:
The Golden Dogs w/ Elephant Stone & Sunfields, Divan Orange
Toronto's own Golden Dogs headline a very promising show with their hearty, moog-infused brand of rock. Obviously, it wouldn't be a party without the happy britrock-influenced pop rock of Montreal's indie darlings, Elephant Stone and the more reflective, soothing melodies of another local treasure, Sunfields.

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 the Blue Skies Turn Black listings, evenko, Indie Montreal and a few more of those handy resources for show listings.

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