Happy Memorial Day feat. Of Montreal

May 31st, 2010 · No Comments · By

How fitting for a band with a storied, (almost) 15 year long career to play at The Jefferson, itself a venue with a rich past, on Memorial Day. That band is Of Montreal and I will take a moment to recall their history. The band is the creative project of Kevin Barnes, an unquestionably virtuosic songwriter. They cultivated a large fan base in the late 90s as a part of Athen’s legendary, prodigious Elephant 6 collective. Their earlier albums are, for the most part, near perfect collections of lo-fi pop songs and if you would like to argue this claim with me, I will make you a mix tape that will convince you to change your mind.  Over the past few years, Kevin Barnes has taken the band in an electronic direction—a controversial transition that has received equal amounts of praise and criticism. In drawing a line at the release of The Sunlandic Twins, it’s impossible not to ruminate on Of Montreal’s past compared to their present. This year, they’ve already released two songs with an artist signed to P. Diddy’s label and are scheduled to release a Funkedelic-inspired album this September.  Pretty wild when you think about the sweet, innocent sounds of Cherry Peel! Along with the development of an electronic sound, Kevin and the band have gained notoriety for their circus-like showmanship. Of Montreal has always been a great band to see live but the present-day live shows are nothing short of opulent spectacles. A $27 ticket price suggests something Bacchanalian is in store for tonight. I have heard a confetti cannon is involved. Doors are at 7PM. Noot d’Noot opens.

Also happening tonight: Stratton Salidis has started an on-going Monday night show featuring a new guest musician every week at the Tea House. I’m pretty sure that starts around 8 and costs $5. At The Box, Hunter Smith plays with Prabir Mehta opening. Hunter’s kind of new to town but he’s received a lot of praise for his skills as a songwriter and performer. Prabir is one of the most engaging solo artists you could hope to meet. That’s free and starts around 10:30.

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