Posted in music | pictures on September 20, 2010

photos by Matthew Eisman

Of Montreal

"As the set progressed Mr. Barnes sometimes set clowning aside. Although he sang "Casualty of You" in a gold lamé robe and a miterlike headpiece, it was a bitter piano dirge. He performed most of his set-closer, "The Past Is a Grotesque Animal," without the dancers, as its relentless drumbeat and tense tremolo violin led him toward desperate incantation. And then, for encores, came three songs from Michael Jackson's "Thriller" -- another way to wrap anxieties in gleaming pop.

Of Montreal shared the bill, and the stage, with Janelle Monáe; she sings on "False Priest," and Of Montreal appears on her album, "The ArchAndroid" (Wondaland Arts Society/Bad Boy/Atlantic). Ms. Monáe has a bright voice with more than a hint of Michael Jackson in it, and she shares Of Montreal's fondness for funk, soul and new wave, for science fiction and for overstuffing songs. Her set zoomed through styles and ideas -- rock and soul, swing and Hendrixy psychedelia, futurism and romance. She went high-stepping through them all like a vaudeville trouper, complete with black-and-white saddle shoes to show off footwork ready for Broadway." [NY Times]

Of Montreal and Janelle Monae, on tour together, played Terminal 5 in NYC on Friday and Saturday night. More pictures from the first night, the OM setlist and video from the Michael Jackson encore, below...

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Of Montreal- "Tonight" live at Terminal 5 on 9/17/2010

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Comments (20)

i wish this band would dig into the back catalog more. it's a bummer they don't really do anything from the gay parade era anymore. i understand bands tour the new stuff, but even when i've seen them when there's no new album to support they play mostly songs from the last album. annoying.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 12:43 AM

You're annoying

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 1:08 AM

Janelle Monae >>>>>>>>> Of Montreal

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 2:17 AM

A poor man's Bowie...

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 7:09 AM

Terrible bands. My gf dragged me and OOF!

Posted by Tim | September 20, 2010 8:12 AM

all ages shows really really really really really really blow...

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 8:52 AM

It's cool to be a dickhead

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 10:26 AM

the janelle monae pics look exactly the same. no need for em all or she needs to make her show a bit more interesting to look at.

Also of montreal is all spectacle and no substance. 2 nights at T5 is crazy.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 10:59 AM

So over Of Montreal.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 11:23 AM

I can say, unironically and with complete confidence, Of Montreal is making the most important music of our generation...

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 1:05 PM

I wonder what their costume budget is. They all have new elaborate outfits every night.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 1:09 PM

compared to tours past, i thought this one was a bit of a letdown. it might also be due to the fact that T5 is the worst venue in NYC.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 1:16 PM

Yeah, between the T5, and the all-ages, it was definitely worse than tours past. Still, though, worth a look if you weren't attending anything else already.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 1:31 PM

nice to see a band that actually values its stage presence--sure it's a spectacle, that's why we call them shows. How come so few bands get that?

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 1:32 PM

re: 1:05, I used to feel the same way, but this new album really dropped the ball. OM seems to be going the way of the Scissor Sisters. Boo..

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 1:43 PM

@ 1:43 - I could not have been less serious.
Of Montreal dropped the ball long before this new album. This whole touring and stage show is a money grab - that is all. It's barely even music anymore let alone important.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 4:24 PM

what do they call this? the whole thing where a band performs and encourages movement in the audience? where songs have peaks and valleys with funk in between? where spectacle and song intersect? what do that call that?????


oh yeah......FUN

Posted by jb | September 21, 2010 1:57 AM

idk what you are all talking about ... me and everyone around me had a great time at this party

Posted by a | September 22, 2010 1:17 PM

I went to both the friday and saturday shows! they were both amazing! true artists that know how to have a good time, all while sharing amazing music! Two of the best shows of 2010!!!

Posted by cEvEn | September 23, 2010 12:52 AM

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