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of Montreal
updated: Feb 01, 2014, 1:00 PM

By Rosie Sullivan

Of Montreal - Friday, January 24 at The Hub

People who have seen Of Montreal always remark on how spectacular the performance was. The band is known for their carnival- esque live shows, full of outrageous costumes, large props, and visual spectacles.

So I was briefly disappointed when their set at The Hub began last Friday, January 24. There was a distinct lack of stage theatrics. This is completely understandable, though, because The Hub is not a large enough space to warrant such things. Putting my disappointment aside, I had a great night. It was a very high energy show full of people enjoying fun music.

Opening for Of Montreal was an indie pop band by the name of Wild Moccasins. The five-piece band did not do much to impress me. But maybe first impressions don't do justice to their music.

Soon after, Of Montreal (who herald from Georgia) hit the stage. Immediately, people began to dance and sing along. This band has a knack for being both serious, fun, and danceable. Many of their songs feature catchy melodies and easy-to-sing-along-with choruses. Bathed in red light, the band played songs such as "Oslo in the Summertime" and "Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games" as well as some newer stuff; they are on tour to promote a new CD, after all (Lousy with Sylvianbriar (Polyvinyl, 2013).

While there were no masks, lasers, or extra performers, the lead singer, Kevin Barnes, true to form stripped his shirt off towards the end and replaced it with a glam, glittery open jacket. Wearing only this, a gold necklace, and spandex undies, he carried on with gusto, inviting Rebecca, the band's sole female, to sing a song at one point.

I am not a huge follower of these guys and gal but it was a fun show nonetheless! The Associated Students Program Board pleased a lot of students by kicking off the winter quarter with a performance by this neo-glam, pop rock group. And the general public who attended was pleased by both the music and the beer garden.

Rosie must admit that she and her friends were unable to make it til the very end; we must be getting old because it is harder and harder to stay out past midnight. Even for good music.


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