M for Montreal 2011 Preview, Part 3

I’m off to Montreal this afternoon for the sixth edition of the M for Montreal Festival, a fun event that starts tonight and extend through the early morning hours of Sunday.  There will be lots of bands to see and I promise to report back over the next few days.  

Meanwhile, here’s more of my preview.  Once you’re done, you can go back and see part 1 and part 2.

The Barr Brothers:  Lots of hype about this four-piece band that includes a harpist.  I’ve heard the record and now I’ll get a chance to see them in person.

M83: Intriguing band from Antibes, France, that have the potential to be a big export like Phoenix became. And didn’t Mr. and Mrs. Trent Reznor use an M83 song as their wedding dance?

The Midway State:  Four guys with good hair and plenty of potential.  Second album is called Paris or India.  Check out their new website.

Misteur Valaire:  Five guys who have been playing together since they were six.  Just don’t ask me to describe their sound because…well, it’s rather unique.

Nation Ruckus:  Montreal hip-hop collective who spend a lot of time with Outkast and Beastie Boys records.

Of Monsters and Men:  Indie folk outfit from Iceland who often sing of “fairytale beasts.”  And they use an accordion, too.

Parlovr:  Pronounced “Parlour,” in case you didn’t know.  I really like these guys a lot.  So does the Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand.

Passwords:  I don’t know anything about this group other than they seem to have a thing for old Bowie and Iggy records.  How can that be bad?  I’ll have to check them out.

Plaster:  No six-string guitars:  drums, bass and keyboards only.  “Electro-chunky jam” grooves are their speciality. Whatever that means.  Curious.

Thus:Owls:  The name alone is enough to make me interesting.  Good use of the colon.  Part Swedish.

Trigger Effect:  Apparently they cause more chaos in a 20 minute set than most band can accomplish in an hour.  This I have to see.

Uncle Bad Touch:  Stoner psych-rock fuzzfest.  Sign me up.

Young Empires:  They’re not in the program (they confirmed too late) but they look like they’re working checking out at Sala Rosa Thursday night.  Give a listen to this song called “Enter Through the Sun.”

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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