By Karen R.
Thursday September 15 La Sala Rossa is where you need to be tonight for Howl! with Matthew Shipp, Matana Roberts and Kaie Kellough. A night of free verse and free jazz not to be missed, y’dig? 8 pm. $11
Friday September 16 Montreal’s The World Provider make harmless, catchy, guilt-free pop. Sure, they’ve got a song called 21 Guns, but it’s sprinkled with cutesy handclaps. See what I’m saying? They’re like the New Pornographers without the pornographers. It won’t make your mother proud, but it won’t upset her either. Casa del Popolo. 8:30 pm.
If co-ed lollipop isn’t your speed check out Factory Hens at Pirahna Bar for a rockin’ set of original material and a couple of Pretenders and T. Rex covers too. 10:30 pm. FREE!
Saturday September 17 In the mood for some chillwave? Nobody satisfies better than Toro Y Moi, who recently dropped a new EP Freaking Out and will be filling Cabaret Mile End with grooves this Saturday with Unknown Mortal Orchestra. If you’ve already got plans change ‘em cuz this one’s gonna be good.
Sunday September 18 If you’re not dropping big bucks to see Wilco at Metropolis, check out Oh My Darling, an all female bluegrass/country/roots band that mix Appalachian Old Time, Southern Twang, and funk inspired bass lines until it’s just right. They’ll be banjo and fiddle shredding with fellow folksters/Sufjan Stevens diehards Lakes of Canada at Le Divan Orange. 8:30 pm. $12
Monday September 19 My pick of the week hands down is Starfucker at Il Motore. The Portland based electro pop gods are gonna tear it up with tropical disco house collective Beat Connection. And if you’re lucky, they might even perform a few tracks from their latest rap mashup side project Skeletron Mixtape #1. 8:30 $12-14
Tuesday September 20 Hanna Marcus’ raw, downtempo story songs are gonna getcha Tuesday night at Casa. For fans of candor and experimental folk. 8:30 pm.
Look out for a special POP Picks edition of the concert listings just in time for the first night of the fest next Wednesday September 21st!