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Beep Test at Casa del Popolo.

Concert Review: Institute @ Casa del Popolo

The July 16 Institute show at Casa del Popolo was solid proof that punk rock is alive and well in our fair city. When I arrived that night, punk lovers from all over Montreal were pouring into the intimate venue, until the show sold out and the sweat started dripping. The excitement and energy of audience and musicians alike was palpable, a comforting sense of camaraderie in the air as friends reunited and encouraging words and hugs were exchanged.

Montreal’s Beep Test started the night off with a short set of synthy no-frills punk. They got the crowd warmed up for Faze, another local group who hit the ground running with their in-your-face-in-a-good-way moshpit pleasers. Faze’s vocalist had a seemingly endless supply of energy, making it hard to look away as he elegantly squatted across the stage, his eyes rolling to the back of his head after a body-shuddering growl. The guitarist’s riveting tweaking of effect pedal knobs only added to the raw beautiful chaos. Next in the line-up was Grosser, a group of Calgary emigrants and Montrealers who addressed local issues on tracks like “Bylaw Compliance” and “Condo Board.” The frontman’s enthusiasm was contagious as he busted out into the crowd, triggering a pulsating moshpit around him. Unfortunately, this was Grosser’s last show before the members move on to new projects.

The room was packed by the time Institute came on, and the Austin, Texas band did not disappoint. They played mostly tracks from their new album Subordination, songs that stick to the band’s anarcho-punk roots but add more depth, distortion and overdrive, making them hard to label as a particular genre and all the more interesting to see live. Institute’s musical skill, smart politically infused lyrics, memorable stage presence, and endearing modesty definitely made for one of the best live punk acts I have seen in years. I spoke with guitarist Arak Avakian after the show and, when asked what he would like to say to the world, he responded that “hard work does not equal hard rock.” After witnessing Institute’s hard work in person, I left the show with the reassuring sense that, despite the state of the world, things might be ok as long as bands like Institute are still filling venues and challenging the status quo.

– Review by Nadège Zaghdoudi-Allan

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Art has a birthday, and thus we will PARTY

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Art’s Birthday was originally proposed in 1964 by artist Robert Filiou as a celebration of all things Art. Ever since that fateful year, arts organizations all over the world celebrate Art’s Birthday with parties and performances. CKUT has produced special programming in celebration of Art’s Birthday since 2007.

According to our calculations, Art will be turning 1,000,047 this year, and once again CKUT will be ringing in the occasion with a variety of stunning performances. From the serious to the silly, the night will be a celebration of Art in all its varieties.

This year’s installment will feature Carodiaro, Esther Splett, Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, McGill-based acapella ensemble The Chromatones, and the legendary CKUT Circus Work Shirt.

See y’all at Casa del Popolo (4873 St-Laurent) this Sunday.
Doors are, 9:00 music at 9:30.
8-10$ — a fundraiser for CKUT!

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July Montreal Sessions: Slut Island

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For the entire month of July, Slut Island will be the host of Montréal sessions here at CKUT 90.3fm! Every Tuesday starting tomorrow July 5th from 3-5pm Slut Island will provide programming that will be focused from the perspective of those who see themselves as queer, female identifying/gender fluid people. They aim to change the music industry that is typical dominated by cisgendered white males and introduce a safer space for marginalized people that look for an outlet to showcase their talents on.

For the first two weeks on Montréal sessions the emphasis of the show will solely focus on Slut Island’s Festival activities! You can expect to hear more information about the festival which will be taking place at venues all over Montréal such as Casa Del Popolo, Bar le Ritz and 820 Plaza. Along with what you can expect to hear about Slut Island Festival, you can tune in tomorrow July 5th from 3-5pm for a live performance from local pop-punk band Chipped Nails! Keep it locked for tomorrows programming, brought to you by Ethel Eugene and Frankie Teardrop, to hear some wicked tunes and information on what to look forward to at the festival!

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Suoni Per Il Popolo: Local Heroes

After writing a review of the fantastic Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival opening concert featuring the likes of Wadada Leo Smith and Kai Kellough, I was graced with the opportunity to witness a slew of Suoni festival concerts throughout their two week line-up.  As usual, Suoni delivered a mind bending take on music.  From spoken word to art-punk to free jazz, all things underground seemed to be represented in one way or another.  Through and through Montreal was well represented.  At the end of the day, the festival is really about this beautiful city we live in so, I thought it would be best to spend some time writing about some of my favorite local acts.  Check it out:

Jean Derome and Joane Hétu @ Sala Rossa

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Jean Derome has been an important figure in Quebec’s Musique Actuelle scene for 45 years.  For this year’s festival, Derome put on a career spanning concert event featuring various ensembles and musicians from different eras in his life.  From beginning to end the audience witnessed extraordinary feats as each and every musician tested the capabilities of their selected musical instruments.  The set that I remember most fondly was Derome’s first with alto saxophone player and vocalist Joane Hétu.  Although Derome has an impressive arsenal of instruments including Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Alto Flute, Soprano Flute as well as various extended wind instruments, Hétu still matched Derome’s level of contrast with her outstanding ability to use everything at her disposal.  From screeching high notes and intense vocal clicking to airy sax playing, Hétu successfully held her ground when faced with the spectrum of noise of Derome.  The set began with textural devices.  Puffs of air and rhythmic scratching evolved into huge walls of sound as Hétu and Derome developed extensive motivic ideas side by side.  The quick-hitting contrast and shocking sound effects maintained excitement throughout, truly epitomizing the wonder of live improvised music. Continue reading

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The Montreal Sessions: June 9th 2015

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Well hello music lovers, today we’ve got a treat for you. Listen in to a special episode of Montreal Sessions, part of this month’s episodes by Suoni Per Il Popolo, with your hosts Paula and Pablo at 3-5pm. We’ll be broadcasting live from Casa Del Popolo with performances and interviews from:

Gambletron @ 3:20
Dead Moon @ 3:40
LWA @ 4:00
Peter Burton Interview @ 4:30
Blankets @ 4:45
~come say hello~

Notta Comet live on NEW SHIT

Tune in to New Shit today for the music department’s weekly round up of fresh cuts, plus a special in-studio performance with Notta Comet.

Your host Rosie will be behind the mic airing punk, experimental and who knows what between 3-5pm.

Notta Comet is Eli Kaufman on drums, Alex Williams on guitar/vox and Crawford Smith on bass/vox. They’re launching a new tape at Casa this Friday!

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Le Fruit Vert live broadcast on Free Music Archive

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“It’s not just free music; it’s good music”

click HERE for Le fruit vert live from Casa del Popolo on the Free Music Archive

Local duo Le fruit vert have become masters at building intricate sonic worlds. Layers of vocals, effects, and an array of acoustic and electronic instruments weave together, a web of finely-tuned sonic detail stretched out to envelope listeners in sound. We caught them live at Casa del Popolo on June 17th as part of the Suoni Per Il Popolo festival, broadcasting their set over the airwaves for all to hear. Here’s the audio for those who missed it — and those who want to re-live the magic all over again.

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Suoni per il Popolo 2013 ticket giveaways on CKUT!!!

Happy summer, Montreal! The weather is nice (except for all these rainstorms), the trees are green, and Montreal’s soundscape is about to be filled with jazzy, cool, and weird music. That’s right, Suoni per il Popolo 2013 is almost here! This is one of the city’s best festivals, featuring the big names of music actuelle and jazz alongside local up-and-comers. Because CKUT is awesome, we’re giving away a bunch of pairs of tickets for the next TWO WEEKS. Tune into the show listed next to artist you want to see to hear how you can win tickets and have an awesome June.

Tune into CKUT to go see awesome music for freeeeee!

Suoni per il Popolo 2013 Tickets

date to win the tickets – artist – venue – # of pairs – CKUT program giving u da tix

june 5 – grouper – sala rossa – 2 pairs – AACK, New Shit

june 5 – glenn jones – casa del popolo – 1 pair – Montreal Sessions

june 6 – lee ranaldo – sala rossa – 1 pair – Mtl Sessions

june 6 – jason lescaleet – casa del popolo – 2 pairs – AACK, Underground Sounds

june 7 – spectre folk – casa del popolo – 1 pair – Kitchen Bang Bang Law

june 8 – mv & ee – casa del popolo – 1 pair – New Shit

june 8 –  kevin drumm – sala rossa – 2 pairs – TBA

june 9 – oso blanco – casa del popolo – 1 pair – If You Got Ears

june 10 – brotzmann mcphee – sala rossa – 1 pair – Jazz Amuck

june 11 – pacha / josh abrams – sala rossa – 3 pairs – Jazz Amuck

june 12 – orcutt / corsano – sala rossa – 1 pair – If You Got Ears

june 12 – ratchet orchestra – sala rossa – 2 pairs – Jazz Amuck

june 13 – black tiw pickers – casa del popolo – 2 pairs – TBA

june 13 – french-american peace ensemble – sala rossa – 1 pair – Jazz Amuck

june 14 – pelt – casa del popolo – 2 pairs – AACK

june 14 – saltland – sala rossa – 2 pairs – Venus

june 15 – nu sensae – sala rossa – 5 pairs – If You Got Ears

 

Phew! That’s a lot of tickets! Check out everything you’d ever need to know about Suoni per il Popolo festival here.

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Public Transit Live on New Shit 5/13

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Lots of weirdness in the studio today as we segued metal into noise into musique concrete into dance into a killer set from Montreal’s raucous and irresistible Public Transit (who are playing a show at Casa on Tuesday alongside avant garde stalwarts AJ Cornell and Enfant Magique)

Check it on the archives and peep the playlist below!

New Shit Playlist 5/13

band/song/album
Blue Cranes – Beautiful Winners – Swim
Protomartyr – French Poet – Sub Pop 1000
Richard Pinhas – North – Desolation Row
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things we said on new shit 3/11

We had a great time talking with Graeme and Tara of The Pink Noise and played a bunch of new music from some very excellent local and not so local bands. Check out our playlist and tune in text week to CKUT from 3-5pm!

New Shit Playlist 3/11
band/song/album

Saltland – Unholy – I thought it was us but it was all of us
Suuns – 20/20 – Images du Futur
Blue Hawaii – Daisy – Untogether
Baths – Miasma Sky – Obsidian
Born Gold – Sky Bicycle – Little Sleepwalker
Farthest South – A Lesson Learned Part I – Omens & Talismans
The Pink Noise – Bad Trip – Greedy Heart
The Pink Noise – Shy Guy Beach – Gilded Flowers
The Pink Noise – Ten – Greedy Heart
Soft Cell – Say Hello Wave Goodbye – Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
Iggy Pop – Nightclubbing – The Idiot
Wake Island – Music as a Weapon – It Takes Time To Be Uncomfortable
The Fall – Psycho Mafia – Live at Witch
Cheveux – Truck – Hex Compilation
Gulfer – Ten Souls – Transcendals
New Apple Taste – Ahhh…. – The Brand
Tame Impala – Music To Walk Home By – Lonerism
Besnard Lakes – People of the Sticks – Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO
Wooden Wand – Souther Colorado Song – Blood Oaths of the New Blues
Nick Everett – Hold On – Else Things
Ghostkeeper – The Indians – Horse Chief! War Thief!

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SHOWS WE MENTIONED:

Tame Impala @ Metropolis tonight (3/11)
New Apple Taste w/ Gulfer @ Casa Del Popolo (3/13)

Les Hazelles w/ Ought + The Pink Noise @ Casa Del Popolo (3/15)

Jerusalem in my Heart @ Le National (3/15)