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CKUT’s Music Department has finally thawed out from the Montreal Winter, just in time to present another Total Eclipse Concert Spring Series. Some of the station’s awesomest radio shows have come together to bring you three shows over three days of amazing live local music. So tell your friends, and come out and bask in the warmth and cool sounds with us.


May 1 at Poisson Noir: Doors @ 21h


Baked Goods – Moss Lime – Blanka – Sam Shalabi

May 2nd

MAY 2 at L’escogriffe (4467 rue Saint-Denis): doors @ 21h


Taliwah aka iamblackgirl of Nomadic Massive

Project TOombz featuring T.s Mr.Northerntouch & Djayz Iwonderz


Nazim Elnur

May 3

May 3rd St. Urbain + Van Horne (Outdoors): Music @ 15h

CKUT & If You Got Ears Present:

Brusque Twins – Enfant Magique – Effet Werther – Pierre-Luc Simon –DJ Markus Floats

Curated by Xarah Dion and Black Givre



Saxsyndrum/Sweet Mother Logic/Helado Negro @ Casa del Popolo, July 26


How often do you hear someone say, ‘Of the three bands in the concert, I liked the first one best’? Like bridesmaids, opening bands are expected to support the main act without overshadowing it. But if the upbeat electro-funk of Saxsyndrum, a local sax-and-drum duo who are gaining momentum in and beyond Montreal, runs counter to the pretensions of the indie scene, it’s hard to fault them for it. They’re just too much fun.

Thus on Friday, a small but rapt audience paid tribute to the spirit of good music by watching the improbably synchronised pair perform. Even their body movements were coordinated, when cheerful drummer Nick wasn’t attempting to kick one leg higher and higher. Their frenetic but tightly controlled energy was irresistible, and in no time much of the floor was dancing – at only 9:30 pm.

Second to play was Sweet Mother Logic, another local act with a sleepier, more intricately constructed sound. Like Saxsyndrum, they are purely instrumental, but their music is less aggressively dance-oriented. They play mellow and melodic songs with a gentle groove, structured around a cello and a violin that seemed subtly out of tune on Friday, just enough to lend their music an eerie quality.

After two acts with unusual instrumentation, the crowd welcomed an American artist who played no instruments at all. Aside from a set of loops and samples, Helado Negro relied on his mellifluous voice and dynamic stage presence to engage the crowd. And he is fascinating to watch: his gestures and expressions give him the appearance of someone telling a story. You can dance to him, or you can stand and watch in admiration as he plays out his imagined narratives. Helado Negro, aka Roberto Carlos Lange, has a number of other projects right now, including OMBRE (ambient) and Epstein (hip-hop/electronic). Hopefully this means plenty of opportunities to see him perform in Montreal.

In all, it was a night worth spending out, and credit goes to the MEG Festival for presenting three great acts. All were unique and inspiring, although my heart still belongs to Saxsyndrum. Just don’t book them for your wedding.


This Week’s Live

The Music Dept picks at city’s live offerings.

Babysitter, Saturday at Brasserie Beaubien


Wednesday, July 24 – Le Trouble, Cheval Fou, Grand Chevy @ Casa Del Popolo

Franco garage-rockers Cheval Fou have delivered before.  Predicting casa sweatbox.

Thursday, July 25   Vasudeva, Gulfer @ Casa Del Popolo
OR MEG Montréal: Human Human, UN, CTZNSHP, Dj Érik Élektrik @ Divan Orange

Gulfer mathrock or UN dark electro bliss-pop.

Friday, July 26 –  Helado Negro, Sweet Mother Logic, Saxsyndrum @ Casa Del Popolo OR  The Hazelles, Panopticon Eyelids, The Pink Noise @ Brasserie Beaubien

Saxsyndrum plays driving, upbeat dance music that’s much more than dance music.  Hazelles show will be a maxed-out blast at the brasserie.

Saturday, July 27 –  Babysitter, LVL UP, Harsh Reality @ Brasserie Beaubien OR The Goods @ Sala Rossa

No-brainer pick-of-the-week.  NY’ers LVL UP with west-coasters Babysitter and new-born project of CKUT’s own music director JS with Harsh Reality.  If you feel more like “swinging” your “hips”, CKUT Programmers The Goods will burn up the dancefloor at Sala.

Wednesday, July 31 –  The Moment, Paper Castles, DJ Miracle Fortress, Guests @ Studio Migration

This Montreal supergroup played live on the Montreal Sessions last week and really caught our ear.  Long grooves, polyrhythms, and harmonies galore.


Want your show here?  Send your listings to library[at]ckut.ca

Total Eclipse Music Series This Weekend 4/11

Do you like local music and cool people and concerts curated by your very own CKUT programmers? If you do, you’re in luck–  CKUT’s totally awesome TOTAL ECLIPSE MUSIC SERIES kicks off tonight at Barfly! We have three nights of rad tunes in store for you:

TONIGHT (Thursday, Aprill 11) CKUT’s Free Kick has curated night #1 of radically awesome music. Ylang Ylang starts the show off at Barfly (4062 St. Laurent), followed by Artsy Chix and Pyongyang closing off the night. Doors open at 9pm. Tickets are $7.

The party continues tomorrow night (Friday, April 12) at The Plant with a show curated by Passovah, The Plant, and the lovely programmers of New Shit! Nick Kuepfer and Sea Oleena are slated for the night, as well as some mystery guests that will be sure to please your ears. Night #2 is super special because in addition to these great bands, SLIGHT (formerly known as Vostok-1) will be launching their EP! Be sure to check it out. Doors at 8:30pm. Tickets are $7.

Total Eclipse Music Series 2013 will go out with a bang on Saturday, April 13 at La Brique (6545 Durocher) with a collection of bands curated by CKUT lady-rockers of the night Beyond the Horizon and Rock N’ Roll Time Machine. Big Chocolate Flavour will be making some wild visual projections alongside EXPWY, Porn Persons AND Grupo Skip Jensen. Make sure to come out to this show! Check out interviews from Porn Person’s band manager and EXPWY on the April 8 edition of New Shit. Doors open at 9pm, tickets are $7.

Come to one or come to ’em all– SUPER TICKETS for all three nights are available for only $15! You can pick them up at CKUT headquarters between 11-6 tomorrow.

Each Other


Each Other

For those of you who tuned in to this week’s New Shit and for those of you who didn’t, here are all the shows and things we talked about.


==========Local math popsters Each Other are rocking a set with Sheer Agony at the apparently brand new Drones Club on
WEDNESDAY. Head over early for pupusas, stay late for bouncy guitar jams and good vibes.



Arbutus’ resident electronic crooner Majical Cloudz plays Le Belmont alongside cathedral DnB act D’Eon. Plus a dj set from the excellent Montreal composer producer CFCF.


The dual album launch of the very dreamy Arbutus duo Blue Hawaii (featuring BRAIDS lead singer Raf) and the radiantly electronic grooves of Montreal’s Doldrums at underground loft space The Plant.


Check the archives for more New Shit, and tune in every Monday from 3-5pm to hear it live!

CKUT Broadcasts Desi Di Lauro


CKUT Broadcasts Desi Di Lauro

Le Piano Rouge presents Dessy Di Lauro’s album launch as part of the 3rd annual Afrophilya Black History Month celebrations.

Native-Montreal soul-stress, Dessy Di Lauro returns home for one night only to release her sophomore album, ‘This Is Neo-Ragtime’, produced by her partner Ric’key Pageot, who is fresh off of Madonna’s MDNA world Tour.

Friday, February 22nd, catch Dessy and her full band live at Le Piano Rouge 22 Saint Paul St. East, the city’s premiere soul/R&B lounge or tune into CKUT as the event will be broadcast live on Weekend Groove beginning at 10 pm. Hosted by Mr. Mikey Don with music by DJ Teck Zilla


Tickets on sale at LaVitrine.com and at Le Piano Rouge.


TONIGHT: Passovah on Underground Sounds



On CKUT’s Underground Sounds, Nick Schofield plays a ton of new music and previews upcoming shows.

Plus, interviews with:

NOAH BICK of Passovah Productions
LUKE and CHARLOTTE of Holobody
Caroline Keating
MARC of Valleys
HARRIS of How Sad
and STEVE of Young Galaxy

DON’T MISS IT! And check out the event on Passovah’s page!




Ty Segall

If you were tuned in to this week’s New Shit, you might have heard the Music Department mention a few shows we’re looking forward to. They are:

Tonight 2/5: The sold out Ty Segall (garage, psych) show at Cabaret du Mile End

Tomorrow 2/6: Dam Ships (moody guitar, instrumental) at Casa Del Popolo

Friday 2/8: The reopening of Turbo Haus with USA Out of Vietnam (heavy, psych).

Sunday 2/10: Chairs (lofi, folk) at Casa Del Popolo

You can listen to New Shit in the archives and catch us next week on Mondays from 3-5pm!


This Week’s Concerts (January 18 – 25)


This week, we celebrate Art’s Birthday! And in that spirit, here are works from the artists displaying tonight courtesy of Cam Novak. Click em for concerts!














Beef Oreo

Beef Oreo







This Week’s Concerts (January 11 – 18)

This week, quotes!!

“Contrariwise,’ continued Tweedledee, ‘if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic.”

– Lewis Carroll

“Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.”

– Steven Fry

“The mind is sharper and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude. No big laboratory is needed in which to think. Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind. Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born. That is why many of the earthly miracles have had their genesis in humble surroundings.”

– Nikola Tesla

“He was alone. He was unheeded, happy, and near to the wild heart of life. He was alone and young and wilful and wildhearted, alone amid a waste of wild air and brackish waters and the seaharvest of shells and tangle and veiled grey sunlight.”

– James Joyce

“The one thing I remember about Christmas was that my father used to take me out in a boat about ten miles offshore on Christmas Day, and I used to have to swim back. Extraordinary. It was a ritual.
Mind you, that wasn’t the hard part. The difficult bit was getting out of the sack.”

John Cleese

“The whales do not sing because they have an answer, they sing because they have a song.”

– Gregory Colbert

“Escóndeme en tus brazos
por esta noche sola,
mientras la lluvia rompe
contra el mar y la tierra
su boca innumerable.”

– Pablo Neruda


Bonne fin de semaine!