The Venue Revue: July 4-10, 2012
This week in concerts: While there's more than enough to keep you entirely entertained during the week with the Jazz Fest, there's also a ton of interesting concerts happening all over the city. Keep your ear to the ground and your schedule wide open, Montreal.
Thursday, July 5:
Sleigh Bells w/ Class Actress & Jel, Corona Theatre
The rowdy Brooklyn duo Sleigh Bells have been making waves since 2010, and their second album, Reign of Terror, was released last February. The trio Class Actress also hails from Brooklyn, and their 80's inspired electro-pop has been getting a lot of critical acclaim. In a complete 180, the opening act is Jel, an indie hip hop producer and rapper from California.
Friday, July 6:
Fire Next Time w/ Dominic Pelletier & Greg Laraigne, L'Esco
Pouzza Fest, one of the city's coolest music festivals, presents this solid folk lineup consisting of Montreal's Dominic Pelletier, Fire Next Time from Edmonton, Spencer Jo from Calgary, and Greg Laraigne, from Switzerland. An evening of folk, punk, acoustic guitars and fantastic songwriting.
Saturday, July 7:
Beat Connection w/ White Arrows & Teen Daze, Il Motore
What does summer sound like? Pretty sure it sounds something like this lineup, featuring Beat Connection, a Seattle-based "disco house" band. Opening for them is LA lo-fi rockWhite Arrows, with a healthy dose of glitchy, rock-tinted psych-pop. Fraser Valley, BC artist Teen Daze's melodic chillwave has been gaining notoriety since the release of the fantastic Four More Years EP back in 2010, and just might be the absolute best way to start this night of sun-drenched, chill music. All that's missing is a hammock.
Sunday, July 8:
Feral Children w/ Majical Cloudz & Each Other, Divan Orange
The Saskatoon psychedelic pop outfit Feral Children's music has been described as a "strange and intense take on pop music filtered through the glorious tunnels of psychedelia, noise and electronica", which hits the nail on the head. Majical Cloudz, a project piloted by Pop Winds' Devon Welsh and artist Matthew E. Duffy, features well-known Montrealer Claire Boucher (aka Grimes) on several tracks of their latest cassette, II. Their hazy pop is catchy and haunting. The psych-rock inspired pop outfit Each Other completes this excellent lineup.
Jazz it up: Don't miss Misstress Barbara at the SAT on July 3, Timber Timbre on July 6 at Theatre Maisonneuve and Chromeo on the TD stage July 7.
Photo: White Arrows, taken from the band's Myspace.