*Volunteers in the music department will recognize that phrase from the cassette archive comment section in our music library database. We did some gentle mining while doing some shifting around in the archives yesterday, here’s what we found:
By Katie M.
All genres of music are covered this week! From electro house re-mixing master Steve Aoki, to the unsettling circus sounds of Bad Uncle, you’re sure to find something to whet your appetite. Throw in some soothing indie folk from plaid shirt wearing Erik Lind and the Orchard, as well as a night at the McGill Symphony. Reading Week won’t seem so long ago.
Thursday, March 1 “Ho there urban scum! Are you bored of the same minty flavours? Feeling like a sex change? Have you lost the will to drink? Well, Bad Uncle has the remedy for you!” Bad Uncle describes their sound as grasscore/polkabilly/gothic surf/baroque thrash music, and although it’s about as far from any of these genres as possible, their live show is a fun filled adventure that might make you want to run off and join the circus. Or at least drink like a circus performer. Check them out tonight at Casa Del Popolo with folk/bluegrass group, The Custom Outfit, $7.
Friday, March 2 The McGill Symphony Orchestra present works by contemporary composers Frederich Cerha, Shostakovich, and Ana Sokolovic as well as a beautiful violin concerto by Bartok, performed by McGill performance graduate Yolanda Bruno. Pollack Hall, 7:30pm. Not to be missed.
Also that night, post-rock metal bands Rosetta + Restorations + Le Kraken will be filling Casa Del Popolo with their lush, voluminous sounds. With a European tour under their belt, and performances at SXSW in Austin, Le Kraken and company are sure to win over the crowd with the sheer power they project. Casa Del Popolo, $8.
Saturday, March 3 Prepare yourself for a long night out, because I guarantee you’ll be skipping around town to get to all of the awesome concerts going on tonight. The son of former Japanese Olympic wrestler, Steve Aoki is taking over Metropolis along with Dastik, in a set that’s sure to get you moving. Voted NME’s “Best British Band”, and named after Linda Kaspian, getaway driver of the Charles Manson cult, Kaspian will be at Theater Corona at 9pm. Young the Giant + Walk the Moon are at Cabaret du Mile End, and if you missed Friday’s performance by the McGill Symphony Orchestra, you can catch them again at Pollack Hall, 7:30pm.
Finally, Rock Camp for Girls is hosting it’s fourth annual Community Day at Le Cagibi, 1pm – 4pm. Come hang out with volunteers and past campers, and discover just how awesome this organization is. Snacks provided by Le Cagibi, and sets by DJ’s Hot Rock + Captain my Captain + NOMRYN. The event is free and is a great way to show support for this wonderful cause, that teaches girls to rock in all aspects of life. For more info and to get involved visit www.girlsrockmontreal.org.
Sunday, March 4 Take a breather after last nights festivities, but don’t miss out! Soothing indie folks Erik Lind and the Orchard settle in at Divan Orange with Faraway Neighbours + James and Blackburn, 9:30pm. After realizing that they donated $100 to CHF (they bought 2 goats for a family in Mozambique, seeds for a family in Kenya and maize seeds for a family in Cambodia) from downloads of their 2011 single, and having seen them play at Shaika Cafe, I can guarantee a feel good night.
Monday, March 5 Dubbed “the next it-girl of folk-rock” by the Montreal Mirror, and riding the wave of her first full-length album, Two Horses, Charlotte Cornfield is a welcome guest at Sala Rossa. With The Wooden Sky + Great Bloomers, Sala Rossa, $15.
Tuesday, March 6 Fuzz pop is the sound of the night at Divan Orange, as Silver Dapple + The Phonebooth Criminals + Archery Guild turn the couch potatoes of this beloved venue into active head boppers. Divan Orange, 9pm.
Wednesday, March 7 Rococode is probably a band you’ve never heard of. That being said, if you’re a fan of Canadian indie music, you might be surprised to find out that you know most of it’s members. Collectively, they have played with bands such as Tegan and Sara, Said the Whale, Mother Mother and Elias, just to name a few. Their debut album Guns, Sex and Glory was released early February and they pair up with locals Lakes of Canada and Nash for a night of great Canadian music. Divan Orange, $10.