Pop Montreal 2011: Lineup So Far

Posted on August 4, 2011 |

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Now that Osheaga’s over and done with, time to turn our attention to the finest
indie music festival our fine city has to offer: Pop Montreal.

Already a decade old, this year’s shenanigans will go down September 21st to
the 25th.

To celebrate it’s 10th year, Pop decided to go BIG and announced this week that
local heroes Arcade Fire will perform a free outdoor show downtown @
the Place Des Festivals of Quartier Des Spectacles September 22nd.

All this to celebrate Pop’s anniversary, give thanks to the fans, the local scene and to close out the exceptional year they’ve had with the Grammy/Juno winning album “The Suburbs” whose deluxe edition was released this week.

It also coincides with the launch of the French version of Tracy Kidder’s book
Mountains Beyond Mountains – a book that deeply marked the band. They will
also use this opportunity to encourage donations to KANPE to help Haiti get back on it’s feet.

This really will be a grand start for the festival, but who else will show
up you ask?

Big names this year includes Gillian Welch and Jeff Magnum (Neutral Milk Hotel) whose show is already sold out. You got local french troubadour Jean Leloup with a new album in hands, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Raincoats, Power Pop legends Redd Kross, Peter Hook and his backing band The Light performing Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures”, which should be interesting.

Local bands like Les Breastfeeders, CFCF, Chromeo, Miracle Fortress and Grimes.

My personal picks would have to be Asobi Seksu, Japandroids, Tahiti 80, Yuck,
Liam Finn, Fucked Up, Laura Marling and tUnE-yArDs.

These few names are only but a drop in the bucket. The full and complete schedule
should be released early next month. Do check out the complete list (so far) of
artists/bands here.

Most of the bands mentioned, tickets to their shows are already on sale
and can be purchased over HERE.

Or you can go the packages route and live those 5 days in grand style.

Or if you’re from out-of-town, win a trip which includes flights, hotel and
passes for the week.

There’s also Film Pop to consider which this year’s program includes 3 films
worth checking out:

“Upside Down: The Creation Records Story” which documents the story behind Allan McGee’s Creation Records.

“PJ Harvey: Let England Shake” which is 12 short films shot by war photographer Seamus Murphy for this album.

“Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements”
which is the first documentary on influential ’80s indie-rock band, The Replacements.

Quick mention here of Tyler Rauman who won the first ever Pop Montreal tee-shirt design contest. It’s the logo you see on top of this post but he’s also the dude who created my banner for this blog lo these many years ago. Big ups to this fine talent.

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