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M for Montreal 11/17/2017
Absolutely Free @ M for Montreal 11/17/2017
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M for Montreal 2017: Friday recap (Partner, Absolutely Free & more)

After two days of watching emerging, "export-ready" acts at M for Montreal, there were a lot more choices on Friday (11/17) at the fest, with shows happening all over the city. Unfortunately almost all the acts I wanted to see were playing at the exact same time...

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M for Montreal 11/16/2017
Corridor @ M for Montreal 11/16/2017
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M for Montreal 2017 Thursday: Corridor, Anemone, Pierre Kwenders & more

Thursday night (11/16) in Montreal was cold and rainy/snowy, that yucky "wintery mix" that is not so fun to be out in. On the plus side, I saw one of the best new things I've seen at M for Montreal in a while...or NYC for that matter. Corridor are the kind of band I'm prone to like, drawing influences from the warped pop of the post-punk era...

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Aliocha @ M for Montreal 11/15/2017
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M for Montreal 2017 underway (report from day 1 w/ Cadence Weapon & more)

Wednesday night's kickoff featured Cadence Weapon, Lou Phelps (Kaytranada's little brother), Men I Trust, and more.

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Michael Rault signs to Daptone imprint Wick, shares “Sleep with Me,” touring

Canadian singer-songwriter Michael Rault has signed with Daptone imprint Wick Records and will release his next album through the label in 2018. While he's still putting the finishing touches on that, Michael has shared new track "Sleep with Me" which he recorded at Daptone’s House of Soul studio in Brooklyn...

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Common Holly touring with The Hotelier, then Fazerdaze; LP out this week

Montreal's Common Holly makes personal, delicate songs, mostly based around a clean electric guitar or an acoustic guitar, except for "Lullaby," which features the Polaris Prize-nominated Jean-Michel Blais on piano. Her songs fall somewhere between folk and jazz-pop...

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Montreal’s Anemone preps debut LP; tour w/ Mild High Club wraps up this week in NYC

Montreal band Anemone took their name from a Brian Jonestown Massacre song, and like it, they make melodic psych pop. Led by songwriter Chloé Soldevila, the quintet also features a couple members of Elephant Stone, and there's a bit of sun-dappled baroque in the arrangements.

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M for Montreal: 2017 initial lineup

M for Montreal will hold its 12th edition from November 15 - 18, 2017 at venues all over the city. Alvvays, Odesza and more among the initial lineup...

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UK punks Shame on Dead Oceans, playing M for Montreal, 2 NYC shows & more

One of the talked-about bands at SXSW 2017 was South London punks Shame, who announced a few months after SXSW that they signed to Dead Oceans. They're returning to North America for a November tour...

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Indie Week is underway in NYC, ending with the Libera Awards

Indie Week, comprising of educational panels in the day followed by a few select nighttime events, runs June 5-8, 2017, in NYC.

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Le Couleur released ‘P.O.P.’ (stream it), played M for Montreal

The Montreal band still make slinky Francophone disco but have grown leaps and bounds as a live act since adding a fourth member on percussion and other instruments, and their new LP is a treat.

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