An Of Montreal concert is kind of like a Broadway musical scored by Berlin-era David Bowie–a psychedelic explosion of bizarre costumes and fantastical vignettes, all set to euphorically woozy noise. For this reason, Kevin Barnes & Co.’s kaleidoscopic indie rock seems to make the most sense live–the recorded music can’t exist without the stage presentation. In fact, he’s previously used concerts to foreshadow his music: at a New York gig last year, Solange Knowles joined the band for a rendition of the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” and then she made an appearance on their album, False Priest, in their song “Sex Karma.” With Painted Palms.
Sat., April 30, 6 p.m., 2011
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 20, 2011