The Venue Revue: July 17-23, 2012
This week in concerts: Don't worry Montreal, this summer's not done with you quite yet. ZooFest and Nuits d'Afrique, two fantastic festivals, are still going strong. MEG is about to kick off, and of course, there's always tons of great local shows on any given night.
Tuesday, July 17:
Cora Kim w/ Unbuttoned, Beatrice Cornet and Doc'trin, Il Motore [album launch]
Montreal songstress Cora Kim pairs her ethereal voice with glitchy, boppy synth-pop. She will be launching her self-titled debut album in very good company: Toronto's soulful electro-pop outfit Unbuttoned, the ridiculously talented vocalist Beatrice Cornet and a regular Booty Bakery contributor, Doc'trin.
Wednesday, July 18:
Andrew Bird, Théâtre de Verdure (Parc Lafontaine)
Andrew Bird, a Chicago-born singer and multi-instrumentalist whose career has spanned over ten years, has performed with big names such as Fleet Foxes and Radiohead. His ninth studio album, Break It Yourself, came out last March. He will be stopping by Lafontaine park's Théâtre de Verdure for a show organized with Osheaga, and it will probably be quite the outdoor party, (and well worth the dozens of mosquito bites you're likely to get).
Thursday, July 19:
Ana Tijoux w/ Alquimia Verbal, Divan Orange
Chilean MC Ana Tijoux's jazzy, funky hip-hop has been acclaimed around the world. The rapper's smokey voice carries Spanish rhymes with astonishing ease. Opening for her is Alquimia Verbal, a Montreal-based multicultural rap group formed by two brothers who were born in Mexico. The show will be preceded by a 6@8 with Mike O'Brien and Michelle Topkins.
Friday, July 20:
Lazy Lovers w/ Jolie Jumper, Divan Orange
The sunny, poppy bluegrass/country/folk foursome Jolie Jumper hails from Montreal. Their music features lovely harmonies and beautifully arranged melodies, with a sassy twist in the delivery of their quirky lyrics. Lazy Lovers, also from Montreal, another country/folk band with loads of rockabilly goodness and an even dancier sound, released a bilingual EP back in May. This twangy lineup is very promising, so start practing your square dancing right away, folks.
Saturday, July 21:
Les Monstres Terribles w/ Sean Foster & The Vaqueros, Hypocrites and Natalie Riviere, Sala Rossa [benefit]
This most excellent, all-local lineup will be performing at a benefit concert for InstruMontreal, a Montreal charity that collects donations of musical instruments in order to offer children without means a way to experience and learn music. It will feature haunting indie rock band Les Monstres Terribles, folk rock outfit Sean Foster & The Vaqueros, melodic rock 'n roll Hypocrites, and Digitum frontwoman Natalie Riviere. InstruMontreal also welcomes donations at the venue, so if you've got some old but still functional instruments laying about unused, don't hesitate to bring it along. Those who donate instruments also get in for free!
Photo: Lazy Lovers, taken from the band's Myspace page.