Pop Montreal 2009: The Initial Lineup

Posted on August 21, 2009 |

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The week long music festival that most serious music lovers around these parts
awaits each and every year for is back for it’s 8th edition.

It shall go down in most venues all over this fine city of ours starting
September 30th trough October 4th.

Pop MTL has been very good to me over the years. A few highlights that comes
to mind: The very first edition back in ’02, I got to see a little known band
by the name of Interpol in one of the tiniest venues (Jupiter Room) in town.
Or in 2005, I got to see my fav band The Posies play my favorite venue
(La Sala Rossa) to a very small crowd of power pop lovers.
Probably one of the best (albeit very short) show i’ve ever been to.

The organizers released an initial lineup of headliners a few weeks ago
and some of those picks for this year’s edition are down right awesome.

The already sold out Sufjan Stevens show @ the Cabaret October 2nd will be
by far the most talked about show. You got your Butthole Surfers, doing a
one-off show specifically for the fest. The Knife‘s Karin Dreijer coming
here with her own project Fever Ray, one of the strangest and darkest album
i’ve heard this year. Indie rock darlings Yo La Tengo coming back to town
promoting their new release “Popular Songs” playing the Club Soda on the 2nd.

At Pop Montreal, there’s always a few Veterans/pioneers of the music scene
showing up on the schedule to show the kids how it’s done and this year’s
no different.

The inventors of “Kraut Rock” Faust will be @ the Ukrainian Federation
October 3rd and on that same night, you can catch Brazilian psychedelic
rock band Os Mutantes @ Le National but whom i’m looking forward
to see the most is hip hop pioneer Roxanne Shanté. I dunno where
they dug her up but has an ol’ school hip hop enthusist, i’m likin’ it.

You also have your side “Pop” events for films, “Puce Pop” for crafts and
“Pop” events for kids that’s well worth attending.

The complete schedule, with hundred more bands and artists to be added to
the list below should be out a few weeks before the festivities begins.

Tickets for all these shows and passes are onsale right now.

Wednesday, Sept. 30

Amy Millan ( Ukrainian Federation )
Jay Reatard ( La Sala Rossa )
Matt & Kim ( Club Lambi )
Bajofondo ( Le National )
Allan Holdsworth ( L’Astral )

Thursday, Oct. 1

Butthole Surfers ( Olympia Theatre )
Fever Ray ( Metropolis )
Mono ( La Tulipe )
Loudon Wainwright III ( Ukrainian Federation )
Roxanne Shanté ( Club Lambi )
The Intelligence ( La Sala Rossa )

Friday, Oct. 2

Sufjan Stevens ( Cabaret JPR )
Destroyer ( Ukrainian Federation )
Kid Koala ( La Tulipe )
Lee Fields & The Expressions ( La Sala Rossa )
Mark Bérubé & The Patriotic Few ( L’Astral )
Buffy Sainte-Marie ( Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste )
Sam Shalabi’s Egyptian Light Orchestra ( Réunion )
Teenage Jesus & The Jerks ( Le National )
The Dø ( Théâtre Plaza )
The Homosexuals ( Club Lambi )
Yo La Tengo ( Club Soda )

Saturday, Oct. 3

Faust ( Ukrainian Federation )
Os Mutantes ( Le National )
Diamanda Galas ( Outremont Theatre )
DJ /rupture ( Club Lambi )
Dragonette ( Studio JPR )
Thee Oh Sees ( La Sala Rossa )
Think About Life ( Réunion )

Sunday, Oct. 4

Ariane Moffatt ( Ukrainian Federation )
Iris Dement ( L’Astral )
Wovenhand ( La Sala Rossa )

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One Response to “Pop Montreal 2009: The Initial Lineup”

  1. dunks nike
    October 22nd, 2009 @ 7:57 pm

    well done .

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