Northside Goes to Canada: Our Picks for This Week's POP Montreal Festival

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08/12/2013 7:31 PM |


If you headed north for POP Montreal‘s annual festival this week (essentially Canada’s version of SXSW, but with more quaintness), you’ll want to swing by Sala Rossa-Salle Exclaim! tonight for a Northside-presented showcase by one of our favorite folk-informed bands, Bay Area gut rattlers The Dodos. They’ll be playing with mutually noisy garage rockers Cousins and rackety duo Noni Wo, so we can sweat nice and good, then regain our strength be eating lots of bagels like true Canadians. (And if you’re not heading north this weekend, well, sucks to be you, but at least The Dodos will be hitting up Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday.)

As for the rest of the fest, below are a handful of suggestions to guide you through the nerve-racking process of deciding what bands to see over the weekend, as there are many, many bands set to play over the weekend:


Local Natives
The Los Angeles band recently released their sophomore album, but in the meantime have been touring and opening for some act you might’ve heard of called Arcade Fire. Now it’s your turn to hear their golden three-part harmonies. Get there early; this one’s gonna fill up fast.

Flowers and Sea Creatures
If the name of this Montreal based duo isn’t enough to get you out there, their funky beats and mash-up of rock and techno should. Besides, who could forget those haunting vocals?

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Hailing from Ye Olde Brooklyn Town, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have officially returned to the scene after a few years hiatus with their 2011 album, Hysterical. Here’s to hoping they play a few from their self-titled debut album as well. Oh, hey, if Montreal is too far, catch them at Bowery Ballroom on October 2.

Wild Nothing
After playing more than a few festivals this year, Wild Nothing will hit Montreal with their latest EP, Empty Estate, in tow. Fans of Belle & Sebastian and also, weirdly, David Bowie, should be sure to check out the band’s similar dream-pop sounds.