Though the Lady Gaga concert in Montreal may be the most hyped show in April, with appearances from TV On The Radio, Sebadoh, The Pixies and The Kills, this month will please the rockers as much as it will all those Little Monsters…
Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks: The Heart and Soul tour hits the Bell Centre on April 1st with these two legends doing their own shows, but possibly/probably/obviously they will join up for a couple mega-wattage duets…
Destroyer: Though some might know him from his work with the Canadian indie pop icons The New Pornographers and some might know him from his critically-acclaimed but mainstream-terrifying solo work, his new album, on display on the 1st at Cabaret Mile End, is easy-listening good times…until you listen a little closer…
Naturally 7: If you’re sick of instruments getting in the way of great voice, get all up in the Corona Theatre on April 3rd, when the jaw-dropping-and-popping acapella talents of Naturally 7 will be in full effect.
Cut Copy: These Aussie electropoppers may be the headliners at Club Soda on the 5th, but I’ll be showing up early to see Brooklyn’s Holy Ghost!, who call themselves “Steely Dan mixed with house music”, which is pretty spot on..
Sebadoh: The Lo-fi indie rock legends swing through Montreal on April 7 at the Sala Rossa, in a night that is sure to leave most of Mile End all a-Twitter…
Ricky Martin: Our blogger Alex Dunphy has vowed to show up on April 12 at the Bell Centre to determine whether the newly de-closeted Martin has changed his famous song lyrics to “He Bangs”. Either way, the vida remains loca.
Pixies: Indie rock would not be what it is today if it wasn’t for these Boston rockers and Kurt Cobain has said that Nirvana was hugely influenced by their music. But you can just go to their shows on April 13 and 14 at Metropolis and enjoy what is already one of the most anticipated events of the month.
TV On The Radio: Even though this incredible group’s new album comes out just days before their April 17th show at Metropolis, I’m still going to put 2006’s Wolf Like Me underneath this blurb because it’s one of my favourite songs made of the last decade..
My Chemical Romance: April 20 at Metropolis. One might say that if the homepage of a band’s website is devoted to selling clothes than it might be a sign that they are a little more style than substance…and I probably wouldn’t argue.
Rush: Rush, fronted by the one-and-only Geddy Lee and Hall of Fame drummer Neal Peart, are one of Canada’s greatest rock bands of all time. Full-stop. No snarky comment. They play the Bell Centre on the 20th.
Pat Jordache: One-time member of local outfits Islands and Sister Suvi, Pat’s solo songs are big, melodic, a little weird and pretty awesome. Special note, he’s playing on April 21 at a brand new venue: Discotheque Tropicale (6512 Avenue du Parc)
James Blunt: People, mainly girl people, love James Blunt and he’s a very likeable songsmith, but I prefer to remember that Oasis’ Noel Gallagher famously said that he sold his house in Ibiza because he couldn’t stand the thought that Blunt, his neighbour, was making such awful music so close by. April 24 at Place des Arts.
Lady Gaga: Ms Gaga does not do boring and her new tour, heavily under wraps at this point, promises to be even more over-the-top. April 25 at the Bell Centre is going to be basically THE thing happening this day in Montreal.
The Kills: If you don’t know who this cool-as-dirt duo are, check out their website, which is streaming their new album, before heading down to the Olympia on the 30th.