Since we’re already more than a week into October, let’s get right into what this month’s concert schedule has in store for you. With shows from Joan Baez, Massive Attack, Phoenix, Ryuichi Sakamoto and so much more, October is as musically stacked a month as Montreal has had in a while…
Joan Baez: On October 15th at the Theatre St-Denis, one of the true legends of folk music plays an intimate show for fans both young and old. This singer, songwriter and incredibly active activist is going to sell out the place very soon, so get your tickets ASAP or sooner.
Blonde Redhead: The trio’s Simone and Amedeo Pace may have grown up in Montreal, but their artful take on indie rock has garnered a truly international following. They play Metropolis on October 16th with Pantha Du Prince
Gwar: It makes me happy that a group as totally insane as Gwar exist and are touring- they’re like Kiss dipped in a horror movie and Dungeons & Dragons. Watch them weird up the Telus Theatre on Oct. 17th.
Massive Attack : A show that seems like it jumped out of a time machine from 10 years ago, when trip hop was king. The addition of Thievery Corporation for this Bell Centre show on October 18th seals the deal.
Roger Waters: The Wall Live: All the members of Pink Floyd may not be involved in this tour but the group’s trademark over-the-top theatrics and pyrotechnics will be certainly be on hand during the 2 night (19th and 20th) run at the Bell Centre.
Phoenix: This show at Cepsum on October 21st is going to be massive and not just because the place holds 5000 people. Not only are Phoenix one of the more exciting live acts around, but the cool lineup of opening bands- Tokyo Police Club and Wavves- are absolutely worth showing up early for.
Ryuichi Sakamoto: If you’re not aware of Sakamoto’s music, then a cozy show on October 22nd at the beautiful Theatre Outremont would be the perfect opportunity to get better acquainted with the classical/experimental/new-age composer and pianist.
Die Antwoord: Are they a joke or are they serious or are they just totally insane? I’m not sure even sure these rave rappers from South Africa even know, but last time they came to Montreal they played a much smaller venue than this time around when they take over Metropolis on October 25th.
Wintersleep and The Besnard Lakes: Let’s wrap up the month on October 30th with what will be just a straight-up-solid Canadian rock show at Cabaret du Mile End, featuring Montreal’s beloved psych-rockers Besnard Lakes