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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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Stream Of Montreal’s unreleased “Dumb Acre” (playing The Troc on 12/13)

Of Montreal hanging with the Yo Gabba Gabba crew

You can now stream Of Montreal‘s “Dumb Acre” as well as a variety of other unreleased tracks from the band’s Kickstarter page for their forthcoming documentary, Song Dynasties (go here to donate – there’s still two weeks left!). In exchange for donations, the band is circulating previously unreleased singles, including some of their oldest material. You can catch Of Montreal playing with Foxygen and French Horn Rebellion at The Trocadero December 13th. Tickets and information can be found on our concert calendar here. In the meantime, listen to Kevin Barnes get extra hippie on the love-struck “Dumb Acre” below.

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Watch a new video for Of Montreal’s “Sails, Hermaphroditic” (playing The Troc on 12/13)


Here’s a brand new video for “Sails, Hermaphroditic” from Of Montreal‘s rarities collection, Daughter of Cloud, which was released last week. Daughter of Cloud features 17 tracks that the band has recorded over the last sixteen years. Of Montreal will be playing at The Trocadero with Foxygen and French Horn Rebellion on December 13; tickets can be found here. Fun fact: the “Sails, Hermaphroditic” video was directed by frontman Kevin Barnes’ wife, Nina.

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