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The Venue Revue: March 26 - April 2, 2012

Posted by Gabby / March 25, 2012


This week in concerts: If you were lucky enough to score tickets to see Kasabian, Gotye, or Our Lady Peace before they sold out -and what's up with everybody dropping by Théâtre Corona this week, anyway?- I jealously shake my fist at you. If you want to get in on that big name fame, there are still tickets to see Band of Skulls and the Cat Empire. For those who have no taste for large crowds, no need to fret: there's still a multitude of lesser-known jewels out there, hanging around the smaller venues of this wonderful city.

Tuesday, March 27:
Coco Méliès, Quai des Brumes
Montreal duo Coco Méliès is all about soft, carefully arranged melodies, brilliantly textured vocal harmonies and a refined, intimate sound. Sherbrooke vocalist Francesca Como and self-taught multi-instrumentalist David Méliès have been hard at work since 2008 and have been gaining momentum since the release of their EP, The Walking Bird, in July 2011. They are currently planning the release of a tour documentary, "The Walking Bird video tour".

Wednesday, March 28:
Wildlife w/ Teenage Kicks, Divan Orange
If summery, fun pop music could bring some more of that summer sunshine around, I'm sure Wildlife would be at least partly responsible for it. This Toronto quintet dishes out solid beats and dreamy, lighthearted guitar riffs. Their 2010 debut, Strike Hard, Young Diamond, is full to the brim of sunny anthems and uplifting choruses. As for Teenage Kicks, they might compare their music to a growing and everlasting love story, but it's certainly not lacking in rocking, rolling, big slamming drums and catchy melodies.

Thursday, March 29:
Random Recipe, Mdc Maisonneuve
Less than two years after releasing their ever-so-fabulous debut album Fold It! Mold It!, the Montreal pop-kitsch-electro hip-hop outfitRandom Recipe is back with Shake It! Bake It!, a collection of remixed songs. Be there if you're into the good-natured, hip-and-booty shaking fun that this quartet is known for.

Saturday, March 31:
Grimes, Cabaret du Mile-End
Our very own Grimes has had a smashing success at SXSW a few weeks ago, drawing even more attention to the fact that Montreal is an awesome musical and creative hotbed. If the unusual stage name still doesn't ring a bell, check out this trippy video.

Photo: Random Recipe at Club Lambi, by Emilie TheVoice, taken from Random Recipe's Myspace.



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