Kevin Barnes fronts of Montreal at 9:30 Club on March 2, 2020. (Photo by Katherine Gaines)
Of Montreal appeared at 9:30 Club recently for a different kind of show. You see, frontman Kevin Barnes fell in love. And with that, he’s been a bit more carefree, a bit more open, and a bit more himself. That inner self shined brightly at 9:30 Club, and Katherine Gaines captured this glory on film.
Drive-By Truckers perform at Stubb’s BBQ on April 8, 2017. (Photo by Marshall Foster)
You might expect that Drive-By Truckers frontment Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, who are known for taking outspoken, forceful positions, would have a lot to say on stage. But on their first of two nights playing the 9:30 Club Friday, they mostly let their songs — 30 of them, a two-and-a-half-hour set — do the talking.
of Montreal (Photo by Christina Schneider)
of Montreal released UR FUN, the band’s 16th studio album, via Polyvinyl Records last month. of Montreal plays 9:30 Club on Monday, March 2, and you can win tickets to go with Parklife DC.
Drive-By Truckers (Photo by Andy Tenille)
Drive-By Truckers released The Unraveling via ATO Records on Jan. 31. This month, Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley, and company are set to perform at 9:30 Club for two nights — Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, Feb. 29!
Of Montreal thrills a packed Ottobar on Oct. 24, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)
Of Montreal, the band fronted by the charismatic and wildly creative Kevin Barnes, has been going strong through various permutations for more than 20 years. The Athens, Georgia-born band has released 15 full length albums (not including EPs and singles) — during that time, they’ve experimented with styles (straight ahead pop à la Beatles to country tinged Americana to dance).
Although the songwriting is brilliant and the songs tough to get out of your head, the band’s live show (and by “show” I mean it in the most literal sense) has come to be Of Montreal’s signature, and that show arrived at Ottobar on Oct. 24.
Of Montreal performs at 9:30 Club on March 25, 2018. (Photo by Neal Keller)
Witnessing Of Montreal’s live show, both on this current tour and on tour in 2016, has magnified my appreciation for the band immensely. I happened into their music through hearing tracks in the sets of DJs I admire, and I attended my first show as a bit of a lark. Expecting to see an eclectic sounding indie rock band drop some catchy tunes in an unassuming fashion, I was instead treated to a spectacle of theatrics and mania.
Better prepared for their elaborate production this past Sunday at 9:30 Club, I am ready for immersion in the experience.
Of Montreal (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)
Kevin Barnes and company release White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood, the 15th studio album for Of Montreal, on Friday, March 9, via Polyvinyl Records. The band perform at 9:30 Club on Sunday, March 25, and you can win tickets to go with Parklife DC.