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: Top 10 Concerts of 2017 by David

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Lee Ranaldo kicks off a year of great music at the Rock and Roll Hotel on Jan. 20, 2017. (Photo by David LaMason)

The year 2017 has been full of contradictions. For many, myself included, it was a year filled with uncertainty and frustration, but to a certain degree it also woke people up. And the music that was created was some of the best in years.

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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