Music Park: Of Montreal @ Ottobar — 10/24/18

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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.

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Music Park: of Montreal @ 9:30 Club — 3/25/18

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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.

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Ticket Giveaway: Of Montreal @ 9:30 Club, 3/25/18

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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.

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Music Park: Ruby the Rabbitfoot @ 9:30 Club — 9/7/16

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Ruby the Rabbitfoot (Photo by Natalie Neal)

Ruby the Rabbitfoot stepped on to the 9:30 Club stage Wednesday night as the opener for Of Montreal, making a striking first impression in her bright blue and red bolero jacket and skirt. As she begins her set with the song “Second Wind,” Ruby’s splashy look and punkish peroxide locks contrast with the subtle introspective nature her sound.

Punctuated with tight electronic rhythms and bright sounding keyboard flourishes, Ruby the Rabbitfoot’s music is nevertheless moody and contemplative. Equally balanced between romantic optimism and cheeky cynicism, this is a sound suited to a Sunday afternoon journal writing session. Yes, it’s very pleasant, as the sunbeams cut through the curl of steam rising from her coffee mug, but the words she commits to the page nevertheless look back on a love affair that could have gone better.

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Don’t Miss: Ruby the Rabbitfoot @ 9:30 Club, 9/7/16

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Ruby the Rabbitfoot (Photo courtesy Clarion Call)

Beach flowers aren’t supposed to last, says Ruby Kendrick, a.k.a. Ruby the Rabbitfoot. They are beautiful but ephemeral — much like falling in love.

Ruby sings sweetly and sadly of losing love on the lead single “Beach Flowers,” and indeed most other songs, from her new album Divorce Party, released August 12 via Normaltown Records. You can hear perfectly pitched sorrow in her voice when she sings of being lonely, but her nervous excitement is palpable when she sings the end of the song’s refrain: “The water’s so fine, you won’t believe it exists.”

Watch the official music video for “Beach Flowers” by Ruby the Rabbitfoot on YouTube:

Hailing from Athens, Georgia, Ruby embarked on a tour after the release of her album, continuing through September as the opening act for of Montreal. That tour stops at the 9:30 Club on Wednesday, Sept. 7, and you’re going to want to get there early to experience Ruby sing in a her delightfully sexy style, reminiscent of R&B performers, but with a strong pop presence that skews gothically romantic.

“I want this to be a soundtrack for anyone going through a transition,” Ruby said of Divorce Party. “Even though there’s this connotation of disruption and heartbreak, divorce parties have a celebratory energy. Every person that we love teaches us, so when it’s time to part ways I think it’s beautiful to appreciate everything we’ve gained from the experience. I wrote these songs in a period of separation from a love. I want to release them into the world as a celebration of all that I learned during that time. It’s my Divorce Party!”

Tickets are available online.

Ruby the Rabbitfoot
Opening for of Montreal
9:30 Club
Wednesday, Sept. 7
Doors @7pm
$25
All ages

Music Park: Muuy Biien @ DC9 — 8/29/16

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Joshua Evans, vocalist of Muuy Biien hailing from Athens, Georgia, likes to prowl the stage. At DC9 on Monday night, he first appeared bored, bouncing a tambourine off his hip. But as the show progressed, Joshua became increasingly a creature of his music.

That music is largely composed of sleazy beats that Muuy Biien like to churn slowly or thrash kinetically as they pound out material like the news songs from their upcoming album, Age of Uncertainty. The full-length, their third, is due out on Oct. 28 via Autumn Tone.

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