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Of Montreal: Show Preview

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Where: The Blue Note
October 4, doors at 8:30pm
Openers: Pillar Point

In the modern day music scene, the quality of the performance is almost as important to a show as the quality of the music. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a holographic Tupac perform live at Coachella. We’ve seen Mac Demarco get drunk on stage and shove drumsticks up his…crevices. We’ve even seen Kanye put a fake Kanye on stage so that when the real Kanye descended from the sky, everyone would be even more surprised.

But perhaps doper than all of these are the performances of Of Montreal. The funk/psychedelic/rock/glam group hails from Athens, Georgia, and on Oct. 4, they’ll bring their incredibly entertaining live show to The Blue Note.

The band’s been around since 1996, so that puts most of the bands members into their late 30’s and early 40’s. While most men of that age are solely focused on perfecting dad jokes and their 401K’s, it seems like Of Montreal’s only focus is to put on insane live shows. And I don’t use the word “insane” lightly.

Remember how America pretty much shut down after Janet Jackson’s breast slipped out at the Super Bowl Halftime Show? Well, frontman Kevin Barnes regularly performs naked. Regularly. 

He told the Chicago Tribune that “If you can just get over that hurdle, you know, the hurdle of breaking that taboo…I think it’s actually very beneficial for people to stand naked in front of, you know, the world in a sense. I think it’s something that we should all do.”

That’s not all. One time, the band was trying to come up with crazy ideas for their show, and as a joke someone suggested Barnes should ride a horse onto the stage to start the show. That night, the audience was treated to the sight of a majestic white steed carrying out Barnes to introduce the first song.

It would be no fun to spoil all their wild stage antics, but here are some phrases from users reviewing their show online.


“Feather guns”

“Giant stuffed animal men”

“Magnificent puppet dancers extravaganza”

All this makes sense when you hear the fruity, groovy, fun music they make. Despite their album titles that sounds more like thesis papers than names (“Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?” and “Coquelicot Asleep In The Poppies”), their music is fancy, light-hearted, and it screams “a good time.”

While we can’t promise horses (for the sake of The Blue Note’s cleanliness, that’s probably for the best), we can promise that Of Montreal will be a ton of fun. Their music is phenomenal, their stage presence is unforgettable, but honestly, isn’t it enough reason to come just to investigate the term “feather guns”?

This post was written by Jack Flemming, contributing writer for The Blue Note.



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