North America’s festival season is slowly winding down, although there are still a few more delights for us to enjoy. One of those festivals is Montreal’s own POP Montreal, which kicked off today. The festival showcases music (primary focus), film, art, fashion, conferences and more and gives its attendees to see some of their favourite performers in Montreal’s greatest intimate venues.
With so many acts in such few days, some find it difficult to chose just which show they should attend. Have no fear, Montrealers! We’ve got you covered. With that being said, here are the “Top 10 Shows You Should Check Out At POP Montreal 2015”.
10. The OGBMs
While many know The OGBMs as the “Budwiser Band” after their inclusion in a 2014 ad campaign for the beer, the band have been know to put on high energy live shows. The band are no strangers to Montreal, having played in the city as recently as Osheaga 2015 (and a subsequent after-party).
9. The Cribs
It’s been a while since we heard from The Cribs. But the British rockers are back with a new studio album titled For All My Sisters, which was generally well received by critics and fans overseas, yet seems to have been a bit slept on by us North Americans. Whether it’s to check out their new tunes or relive the nostalgia of “Men’s Needs” and “You’re Gonna Lose Us”, The Cribs are definitely a must-see act of POP 2015.
8. The Sonics
In the late 50s and early 60s, a booming new force of Rock music called “Garage” was emerging. Amongst its most defiant bands and figures stood The Sonics. The band have even been named influential by the likes of the later greats of Rock such as Kurt Cobain/Nirvana, The Flaming Lips along with “The Boss” himself, Bruce Springsteen. The band recently released their first album in over 40 years titled We Are The Sonics and are currently touring in support of the project.
7. Cannibal Ox w/Jean Grae
Typically, POP’s lineups tend to feature more Hip-Hop acts. Previous years have included the likes of Schoolboy Q, The Cool Kids, JJ Fad, Chali 2na (our first interview ever was before his POP performance) and many more. Despite a lack of the genre at this year’s fest, POP still managed to pull through with this pleasant surprise.
With South African-born Jean Grae as the opener, Cannibal Ox will take the stage at Club Soda on Friday night to prove yet again why they are one of Hip-Hop’s greatest underground forces. The duo will also partake in a conversation with Cult MTL writer Darcy MacDonald the following day at Maison Pop, which is free and open to the public.
6. Albert Hammond Jr.
Miss The Stokes? Yeah, we do too. The last time the band was in Montreal was in 2006! Fortunately, its members all have awesome side projects, including the solo releases of guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. Peep one of the highlight songs off of his latest album below:
5. Will Butler
If there’s one thing Montrealers love, it’s Arcade Fire. Poutine, separatism and Arcade Fire. The new solo album of member Will Butler is no exception. Policy gave its listeners a much better look inside the mind of the often foreshadowed member of the band.
As if his solo show wasn’t enough, the band will also be holding the Quebec premiere of their new documentary The Reflektor Tapes on Thursday night.
4. Viet Cong
Viet Cong always seem like one of the most interesting success stories to me. Over the past year, they seem to have silently crept up and taken Canadians by storm. Is it their controversial name that’s doing the trick? As much as it surely helps grab people’s attention, the band have been know to put on insane live shows! This will be Viet Cong’s third time playing Montreal this year and those who have been to their other two shows know that this is one you will not want to miss out on.
Seeing as how this show is already sold out, Montrealers already know what’s good! Kaytranada is the latest Montreal artist to be making his city super proud. Whether it’s collaborating with the likes of Vic Mensa and Freddie Gibbs or throwing down what is arguably the best Boiler Room set of all time, you simply can’t miss with Kaytra.
2. Motörhead w/Anthrax
Those who have seen the documentary about his life or read his autobiography know that Lemmy Kilmister alone is a good enough reason to hit up this show. However, having the legends Anthrax as the opening act definitely does not hurt a bit though!
1. Giorgio Moroder
No disrespect to any of the other names we’ve mentioned but this man is undoubtably the most legendary person on this year’s POP lineup. Having produced for the likes of Donna Summers, David Bowie, Janet Jackson and more, Moroder definitely knows how to get bodies moving on a dance floor. His new album, Dèjà Vu screams “POP”, making him the perfect person to headline the 2015 edition of the festival.
Who will you see at this year’s festival? Head over to POP Montreal’s website to see the full listing of shows/performers at this year’s edition.