Before I hip you all to the week’s best shows, let me go through my stack of new wax and pull out a few records that are just too good not to mention.
First up is the sophomore record from Winnipeg prog kings Mahogany Frog: Senna. If you were lucky enough to catch this four-headed hydra at the last two editions of Pop Montreal or their stellar show at the long-gone Bar St-Laurent II, you probably already know that the Frog is Canada’s best-kept secret.
The headline-hogging Ikea monkey is definitely from Montreal, and, like us, he probably won't see the original version of Agent 728 XXX, our local porn industry's take on another name pulled from the headlines, police officer Stéfanie Trudeau.
Last Wednesday at Cabaret du Mile End, locally based Acadian hip hop crew Radio Radio played their annual holiday gig in conjunction with Cult MTL and the launch of our latest print edition. Cindy Lopez captured the energy of the Chiac pack for your viewing pleasure.
For four years, local band the Breezes have been working on bits of their eponymous record in bursts at Breakglass Studios. On the eve of its long-awaited release (tomorrow!), members James Benjamin and Daniel Leznoff discuss the challenges and benefits of drawn-out production. Bonus: a music video for "Promethean Eyes."
From the Leathers to collabs with DJ Sire to his current solo venture, incorporating the recurring online show Freestyle Thursdays, Atherton has proven to be king of our national capital's hip hop jungle. Ahead of tonight's show at Casa, he shares his struggles with anagrams, solo work and excess hair.
On Friday night, Cult MTL crewed up within the confines of Smart Design Mart to launch our fourth print edition, with a little help from Pabst Blue Ribbon and Bad Santa. Here's a look at what went down on and around the North Pole love seat, with some scenes from the annual shopping extravaganza.
Toronto's John O'Regan (aka Diamond Rings) headlined a show at la Sala Rossa last night, bringing tunes from his latest record Free Dimensional to town for the first time since they were produced in Mile End. Photographer Cindy Lopez captured the man's glam rock / new romantic style.
This Saturday, iconic Montreal music venue Club Soda is turning 30. Before blowing out the candles, we here at Cult MTL thought it might be nice to stroll down memory lane with club co-owner Rubin Fogel.
* Ras le Bol at Skol
* Les Enfants Sauvages launch PÉ14
* Record Swap Day at Cabaret Playhouse
* Multi Culti launch at Salon Daomé
* Cabaret Freak Show at the Wiggle Room
* Hydromatic at the Royal Phoenix