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A scandalous night with Of Montreal at the Chameleon Club

Of Montreal / Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko
Of Montreal / Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko

“I like the name Lancaster… maybe I will change my name to Lancaster!”

Mad Max, a character dressed in a red and black body suit adorned with a cape and top hat, mulled this over in the midst of a rant about letting opossums loose in the crowd to pet, and cuddling the audience to sleep “just to wake up in his basement of love.” A little odd for Kevin Barnes’ introduction, but I don’t think the crowd at the Chameleon minded too much. Eccentric was what they came for. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Trail of Dead at Underground Arts, of Montreal at Chameleon Club

And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com
And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com

Austin indie rock adventurers …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead headline Underground Arts tonight. Their sound has traveled many avenues but always hit hard in the past efforts, but 2014′s IX was inspired by Philly’s own The War on Drugs. In an interview with Echoes and Dust, Jason Reece said the band’s last two records were an influence:

This layered Krautrock kind of vibe. We were thinking of Echo And The Bunnymen, Ocean Rain. These dense and bigger sounding albums. We were kind of into some 80’s music, Psychedelic Furs. Which is funny cause we’re not really a band that’s into the new wave sound, I don’t think we’ve ever made an 80’s sounding record. That’s kind of what we were jamming out to, the early 80’s sounds.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Of Montreal at Union Transfer, No Good Sister at Johnny Brenda’s, Fort Lean at Ortlieb’s and more…

Of Montreal
Of Montreal | photo via Facebook

Of Montreal perform at Union Transfer tonight in support of their new Aureate Gloom LP. It’s the thirteenth studio record from the Athens, Georgia band, showing a continued focus on evolving their sound and keeping up an element of surprise. Aureate Gloom streamed on NPR Music’s First Listen ahead of its release last week and has already received praise from publications like Pitchfork and Rolling Stone. Listen to “Empyrean Abattoir” below and pick up tickets for the concert here.

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Hear Broncho play live, spotlight on of Montreal and more on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Broncho | Photo by Courtney Lee Yip
Broncho | Photo by Courtney Lee Yip

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns from a brief break tonight at 11pm on XPN! We’ll make up for lost time in a big way, starting off with a new Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session featuring Oklahoma rockers Broncho! We’ll hear live performances of songs from the band’s latest album, Just Enough Hip To Be Woman. We’ll also spotlight the newest album from long-running indie favorites of Montreal, and we’ll hear a few of these new tracks in the mix:

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Fall for Father John Misty, of Montreal & Hot Chip on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Father John Misty | Photo by Emma Elizabeth Tillman
Father John Misty | Photo by Emma Elizabeth Tillman

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Indie Rock Hit Parade is back to fill your head with love. Tune in to WXPN at 11pm tonight for, among other things, a spotlight on the acclaimed new album from Father John Misty, I Love You, Honeybear. We’ll also hear a few of these heart-shaped tracks in the mix:

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of Montreal brings their lively and colorful show to Union Transfer

of Montreal | photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com
of Montreal | photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com

A costumed figure appeared in a steampunk-esque luchador outfit, introducing his “brother,” Kevin Barnes to the Union Transfer stage. Barnes’ long-running Athens act of Montreal opened their show with bright psychedelic lights, and ended with, well, psychedelic lights. But not the typical dubstep tripped-out beams of color, these were filled with spinning eyeballs and kaleidoscope patterns. Of Montreal played favorites off of their 2007 LP Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?, sprinkling in some new singles from their 2013 release, Lousy with Sylvianbriar. Barnes pranced and jumped around the stage, clanking his tambourine, as his projected silhouette followed each dance move. Fans were yanked out of the crowd for getting a little too high; others crowd-surfed to the foot of the stage.

Oakland synth-queen Liz Wolf opened the show under her moniker Dream Tiger, and the crowd was entranced with her darkwave songs of narcissism and heartbreak. Her voice was eerie voice and a haunting red glow enveloped stage. Check out photos from both sets in the gallery below.

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Of Montreal packs World Cafe Live for Free At Noon

Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko
Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko

Athens Georgia, psych-pop outfit Of Montreal brought their ever-evolving, organically pensive sound to World Cafe Live’s stage, packing Friday’s Free At Noon performance. Showcasing songs from their latest release Lousy With Sylvianbriar, frontman Kevin Barnes and the rest of his entourage warmed up the Philly crowd for their performance that at Union Transfer. Check out the photo gallery and set list and listen to the entire performance below.

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Preview tonight’s ‘Compact’ Indie Rock Hit Parade! (and revisit last week’s show)

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Arcade Fire

As things go every final Friday of the month, the Indie Rock Hit Parade gets boiled down to a condensed, hour-long ‘compact’ edition. Immediately following Land Of The Lost with Robert Drake, the Indie Rock Hit Parade kicks off at 11 tonight. Tune in for new sounds from new wave icons like Gary Numan and Prefab Sprout, plus new projects of familiar friends like Neil Halstead and Dean Wareham. And yes, there will be some Arcade Fire.

Here are a few things you might hear in the mix tonight:

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Preview tonight’s all-new Indie Rock Hit Parade! (and recap last week’s show)

Of Montreal by Patrick Heagney
Of Montreal by Patrick Heagney

We’ve got a very eclectic mix of new tracks to get to on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade. Tune in at 10p for your own personal journey of music discovery. Don’t forget your pith helmet. Here are just a few of the tracks you’ll hear in the mix tonight:

Crocodiles – “Teardrop Guitar” Video from stereogum on Vimeo.

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