Monthly Archives: August 2013

This Week’s Live

The Music Dept picks at the City’s live offerings.

Expwy plays L’Hémisphère Gauche Friday, August 16th

Friday, August 16th – Woods, Parquet Courts, The Nymphets @ Il Motore OR EXPWY, Amity Beach, Ollie North, Year of Glad @ L’Hémisphère Gauche

A few Kinnta hitters here, but Ollie North tenders new album. This blogger, having heard snippets, reccomends.

Saturday, August 17th – Film Pop Bike-in: Dazed & Confused 20th anniversary screening BBQ/DJs 16h, Film 21h @ Brasserie MacAuslan

Should be fun.  Smokey BBQ.


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Mavo + DEBT // Underground Sounds


Montreal music is riding an epic wave these days. So many great releases and shows on the go so tune in to keep up. Tonight we have Mitz of Mavo then a feature interview with the garage-rock trio DEBT. New music on the dial as of 8pm, listen out for Filthy Haanz, Land of Kush plus a boat-load more of very berry local jams.

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Album Review: Vieux Farka Toure – Mon Pays

Vieux Farka Toure, noted Malian singer and guitarist has recently released his 6 album, entitled Mon Pays. This album acts as a love letter to Toure’s homeland, reminding the world of the beauty and culture Mali possesses. Relying predominantly on Toure’s expert acoustic guitar skills, there is a calm and serene quality of the album, which exemplifies the comforting feelings a homeland exhibits. The emotional changes found throughout the album reflect the tragedy and beauty of Mali. The ending track Ay Baboy expresses the suffering of the nations while offering a wish and hope for a brighter more deserving future.


Tracks like Safare, Yer Gando and Doni Doni show a seamless integration of traditional African guitar and slick blues licks. While the vocals remain heavily steeped in traditional Mailian music, the album manages to remain current. Overall this record is a cohesive piece, showcasing Toure’s national pride and highlighting his expert guitar skills.

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LOSE IT! Fundraiser / This Week’s Live

Rendering up live sound picks, weekly

Loose-Fit fundraiser, Thursday August 8th at Brasserie Beaubien


Thursday, August 8th – LOSE IT! Loose-Fit Fundraiser w/ Steve Jr, Porn Persons, EXPWY, JLK, Sheer Agony @ Brasserie Beaubien

Definite, certain, resounding pick of the week.  Loose-fit has been championing accessible rock shows out of the Brasserie for a year and a half now.  Pay-What-You-Can shows and volunteerism makes this a rare gem indeed.  Volunteerism and the crew’s own PA system make the room free to book and cheap for showgoers.

So, come out and support DIY show culture, help repair their soundsystem, and ensure these shows keep happening.  $10 (still PWYC!) with, unsurprisingly, 5 awesome local acts to boot.  Sludgy two-piece Steve Jr, basement noise-pop outfit Porn Persons, navel-gripping golden age-throwbackers EXPWY, psych-out Don’t-Miss JLK, and the soft-touch powerpop overdrive of Sheer Agony. 

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Passovah Festival // Underground Sounds

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Conflux with us, Underground Sounds and guest-host Noah Bick (Passovah) for two hours of Montreal music, tonight 8 to 10pm. The second edition of Passovah Summer Music Festival has more than 50 local bands scheduled over three days with proceeds (by way of PWYC donations) going to the Immigrant Workers Center. Additional voices of MORIAsmtha CampHolyaok and more are planning to join the conversation. Be with us.

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