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POP Past The Poster: What To See This Week

POP Montreal is finally here, folks. Montreal’s most massive music festival (say that five times fast) has descended upon the city, promising a week of stellar shows, panels, films and more. But POP’s best feature is also its most intimidating: there’s just so much good stuff. The festival has literally hundreds of amazing artists worth seeing this week, which is both very exciting and very overwhelming. With so many bands, the smaller shows at POP can sometimes be easily overlooked. That’s why we’ve put together a schedule of the less-publicized POP shows – none of the artists below are featured on the POP poster. So, in between Austra and Weyes Blood, maybe I’ll see you at one of these sweet gems this week:

Wednesday Evening:
Naomi Punk // Phern // Mundy’s Bay @ La Vitrola

Start your POP off right with the experimental art rock of Naomi Punk, whose new album Yellow is a jerky, jolting masterclass in breaking down your expectations of punk. Opening up are locals Mundy’s Bay and Phern, whose gazey post-punk and off-kilter smart pop definitely warrant arriving early.

Thursday Afternoon:
Joni Void // Sea Oleena // Desert Bloom // Best Fern // Ohara @ Phonopolis

This lineup (curated by CKUT’s own Underground Sounds) brings together some of the best ambient and electronic artists in the city for what is sure to be an entirely enveloping afternoon. From the calming ethereal pop of Best Fern to the eerie experimental music of Joni Void, this is a lineup to immerse in and drift away on.

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Art Not Love host The Montreal Sessions (#3)

After a scintillating second week on CKUT’s airwaves, Art Not Love returns with more local gold. Straight from the horse’s mouth: “We’re back on CKUT Tuesday, March 17th with a live performance from musical maverick, Ari Swan, and a back and forth between ¡FLIST!‘s Charlie Twitch, and Hua Li‘s Peggy Hogan!”

ANL week 1

Art Not Love hosts The Montreal Sessions (#1)

ANL week 1

It’s time to welcome our March curators of The Montreal Sessions to the airwaves. Say hello to Art Not Love, Montreal’s relatively new non-genre-normative label, headed by artistic savants Charlie Twitch and Peggy Hogan.  This month they’ll be introducing listeners to their roster and what inspires their masochistic practices. Today, Rushing Silver will be on the phone for an interview about her music and Robby Reis, a prolific photographer, will be in studio to chat about his focus. Come for the art, stay for the love.