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Chocolat wrapping up new album, playing SXSW

Chocolat in the studio

Montreal psych rock band Chocolat will be making their way to the much warmer climes of Austin, TX for SXSW, where they’re currently scheduled to play four shows, among them the official Levitation showcase on March 17 at Hotel Vegas with Younghusband, Exploded View, LA Witch, Vaadat Charigim, Elephant Stone and more; and the M for Montreal showcase on March 19 at Barracuda with DOOMSQUAD, The Posterz, Michael Rault, Look Vibrant, Milk & Bone, and more. Their full schedule is listed below.

Chocolat, who played BrooklynVegan’s official M for Montreal showcase last year, are currently finishing up their follow-up to 2014’s Tss Tss. If you haven’t heard Tss Tss, it’s not your average slab of psych-garage, that makes surprising detours into prog and four-part harmony-laden sunshine pop. Stream it below. If you’re heading to Austin next week, make time for some Chocolat — but wear earplugs, they’re crazy loud.

That M for Montreal showcase is one of two events the M folks are putting on at SXSW. The first is Wednesday, March 16 at the Canada House (aka (Friends) with The Posterz, rapper WASIU, and more. Right before the 3/19 showcase at Barracuda is M’s annual free Poutine Party (co-presented by Pop Montreal) with gravy-drenched fries and squeaky cheese curds, and a performance by Saxsyndrum. Full lineups for both M for Montreal SXSW shows are listed below.

M for Montreal SXSW

>>WEDNESDAY MARCH 16<<
Official SXSW Showcase
Presented by M for Montreal and Canadian Blast
Canada House, Friend’s Bar (208 E 6th St, Austin)
8PM – SHI 360
8:40PM – Humble Giants
9:20PM – WASIU
10PM – Lucas DiPasquale
10:40PM – Wordburglar
11:20PM – Horsepowar
12AM – The Posterz
1AM – The Lytics

>>SATURDAY MARCH 19<<
M & POP’s Poutine Party
Barracuda (611 E 7th St., Austin)
7PM – Doors
7:30PM – Saxsyndrum
FREE

Official SXSW Showcase
Presented by M for Montreal & Exclaim!
Barracuda (611 E 7th St., Austin)
8:20 PM – Motel Raphaël
9:10 PM – Look Vibrant
10:00 PM – Milk & Bone
10:50 PM – Chocolat
11:40 PM – Michael Rault
12:30 AM – DOOMSQUAD
1:20 AM – The Posterz

Chocolat – 2016 Tour Dates
Mar 17 Hotel Vegas – Levitation Festival SXSW showcase Austin, TX
Mar 18 Farewell Books – KVRX SXSW showcase Austin, TX
Mar 19 Barracudas – M for Montreal & Pop Montreal SXSW showcase Austin, TX
Mar 20 Beerland – Panache Booking showcase Austin, TX
May 26 villette sonique Paris, France
May 28 Les 3 éléphants Laval, France
May 31 La Péniche Lille, France
Jun 01 La Cartonnerie Reims, France
Jun 02 La Vapeur Dijon, France
Jun 03 This Is Not A Love Song Festival Nimes, France

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