Pop Montréal takes over the other capital of Québec from September 17 to 21. We're assembling our concert picks for every day. Today, it's time for Thursday, September 18!
Monomyth - 8:30PM @ L'Escogriffe. $10
These Haligonians basically take all forms of jangle - pop, psych, what have you - and combine them into a sound held together by its gorgeous guitar tone (even better at a great live venue). Just don't compare them to Sloan. Stuck between this show and something else? You can also catch Monomyth at midnight over at Barfly.
Ought - 10:30PM @ Picollo Rialto. $12
Sure, these guys are a hometown band you could probably catch another night (even if you don't live in Montreal, they're road warriors), but that's not going to stop them from being the talk of the festival. Just wait and see. Like the best of Television, The Velvet Underground, The Modern Lovers and The Talking Heads in a post-punk blender. Or like if Yo La Tengo made elevator music.
Ken Park - 11PM @ La Vitrola. $10
Ken Park used to be a drone/noise musician about town in Toronto. Then he went to Berlin, discovered the club scene, and came back with a sound that blends warm analogue synths with house and techno textures, and a hint of his old psychedelic self. The buzz hasn't caught on in the same way it has with pals like Phèdre, but there's a cabal of music fans waiting for it to happen.
Boyhood - 11:30PM @ L'Escogriffe. $10
Ottawa's Bruised Tongue label has built up a solid roster of DIY punk and psych-pop bands, and Boyhood has been a staple from the beginning. We called it "steel city beat bot post punk" when we caught them at NXNE. Let's go with that again.
Teenanger - 11PM @ Club Lambi. $10
Toronto's most prolific garage rockers keep pumping out albums of snarling hooks, this time with some post-punk texture and a sax solo or two. Always a good show, no matter what.
The Dirty Nil - 2AM @ O Patro Vys
Young Hamilton punks The Dirty Nil seem to work on the belief that the qualifiers "fast" and "loud" don't necessarily exclude "catchy."