Concert Review

Of Montreal Concert Review

In the last week of March this year, Of Montreal announced the dates of their upcoming US tour. This band performed in 18 states across the nation and at 27 venues. Starting March 29th and concluding May 18th, Cat’s Cradle was the last destination for of Montreal and their opening act, Dream Tiger. As the adage goes, these groups saved the best for last.

The show last night could be described as “unreal” on many different levels. Before Kevin Barnes and company (of Montreal) took the stage, Dream Tiger started off the night with songs from their two relatively recent EPs: “Soft Skin” and “A Lover’s Request.” Dream Tiger and of Montreal only performed together for the last eight days of the tour. Considering the complementary sounds of the two groups, was unfortunate for the venues played before May 10th.

Of Montreal’s setlist was all over the board, featuring a variety of songs from their most recent albums as well as earlier compilations released in 2007 and earlier. The performance by of Montreal was bizarre yet enjoyable as most of the songs included masquerading, costumed dancers on stage. The feel of the show was animated, carnivalesque, and abstract, providing captivating visuals the entire time. Did I know what was going on during the entirety of the show? Absolutely not. Did I have a great time and enjoy the entertaining artists? Absolutely.

-Submitted by DJ Dilemma