The Venue Revue: May 1-7, 2012
This week in concerts: I know, you're probably still reeling from the sheer awesomeness of last weekend's second ever Midnight Poutine Showcase. However, that's not an excuse to miss the fantastic shows lined up for this week, so saddle up! This week, we've got lions, horses, birds and bears coming to town - what is this, a traveling zoo or something?
Tuesday, May 1:
Lioness, Divan Orange
Lioness is an art-rock/dance band-slash-production team from Toronto made of director Jeff Scheven, costume designer Vanessa Fischer and scholar Ronnie Morris. It's a few heavy measures of synth, a good dose or two of sultry vocals, and a generous helping of dark disco. The slick cinematography of the music videos, the stage sets, the visual montages and the costumes are all produced by Fischer and Scheven, who have also worked with TV on the Radio, Dragonette and Death From Above 1979 as designer and director.
Wednesday, May 2:
Horse Feathers w/ Brown Bird, Il Motore
Portland indie-folk outfit Horse Feathers is back in Montreal to promote their fourth album, Cynic's New Year, an album lauded by critics as mature, poignant, and "Justin (Ringle, frontman) at his best". Opening for them is Providence, RI band Brown Bird, their music an interesting blend of Americana, blues, roots and gypsy-influenced music and beautiful harmonies.
Thursday, May 3:
School of Seven Bells w/ Exitmusic, La Sala Rossa
A change from all those animal-themed band names, the Brooklyn band School of Seven Bells just launched their third album, GHOSTORY. The trio-turned-duo packs a solid punch, a dreamy power-pop that draws heavily from both shoegaze and good old psychedelic music. Exitmusic, whose debut LP Passages will be released on May 22, is a powerful yet luscious take on noise pop, complete with raspy vocals and explosions of glorious sound.
Friday, May 4:
Bear in Heaven w/ Doldrums, La Sala Rossa
Brooklyn-based rock band Bear in Heaven combines the repetitive blips of electronic music and the moodier atmosphere of post-rock. Toronto's Doldrums, who were described by POP Montreal as "the yang to Grimes' ying", and Portland's Blouse round up this heady lineup.
Friday, May 4:
Ainsley McNeaney, Grumpy's Bar
Local singer-songwriter-musician Ainsley McNeaney is an absolute pleasure to see live. This gig, in an intimate setting that suits her music so well, will be a perfect occasion for anyone who doesn't know her well to get acquainted with her stories, her melodies, and her warmth.
Photo: School of Seven Bells, by Ena Yanai, taken from the band's MySpace page.