Written by Scott Simpson on 29.09.14

While for some, fall means picking apples, pumpkin spice lattes, and sweater weather, for others it also means live show season in Montreal. We’ve got Placebo, Charli XCX, Courtney Barnett, and SBTRKT. Coming back for seconds, French electro-pop trio Yelle and Foxygen are promoting their brand new albums, and The Presets are bringing their Check Yo Ponytail tour at La Tulipe. Time to get your Music Fix for October.

Big Freedia w/ Guests

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When: Tuesday, October 7th
Where: Bar “Le Ritz” P.D.B
How Much: $15.00 – Buy Tickets

New Orleans queen of bounce Big Freedia has had quite the busy year. Not only has she released her new studio album Just Be Free, but she has also starred in the hit TV series “Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce” on Fuse. If you’ve never seen a bounce live performance, you’re missing out. It’s loud, it’s sweaty, and there’s nothing really like it. Catch her perform with some yet unnamed guests at the new Bar “Le Ritz” P.D.B and be prepared to get wrecked. [Facebook Event]

TOKiMONSTA w/ Made In Heights


When: Wednesday, October 8th
Where: La Vitrola
How Much: $20 – Buy Tickets

Korean-American DJ and producer Jennifer Lee, better known as TOKiMONSTA, is a force to be reckoned with behind the decks. The fact that she’s joined by electronic duo Made In Heights at La Vitrola makes this a night not to be missed. [Facebook Event]

Charli XCX w/ Elliphant & Femme

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When: Thursday, October 9th
Where: Théâtre Corona
How Much: $20.50 – Buy Tickets

While Montreal has had no shortage of live performances by Miss Fancy herself Charli XCX these past few years, we have a feeling her gig at Théâtre Corona with Elliphant is going to be particularly popular after the summer she’s had. Look out for her new album Sucker, due out in December. [Facebook Event]

Foxygen w/ Dub Thompson & Heat


When: Sunday, October 12th
Where: Le National
How Much: $18 – Buy Tickets

When they released We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic in 2013, suddenly everyone was talking about Foxygen and their brand of psychedelic experimental rock. Riding the momentum of their third album, they went straight to work on the forthcoming …And Star Power, due to be released on October 14th. They’ll be performing some new material at Le National, with opening acts by Heat and Dub Thompson. [Facebook Event]



When: Monday, October 13th
Where: Metropolis
How Much: $34.50 – Buy Tickets

British alt-rock band Placebo’s seventh full-length album, 2013’s Loud Like Love, may not have been as warmly received as their previous offerings, but they still put on a hell of a live show. There’s clearly still a lot of interest from Montreal fans as this will be their second time performing here in less than a year. [Facebook Event]

Yelle w/ Lemonade


When: Tuesday, October 14th
Where: Théâtre Corona
How Much: $24 – Buy Tickets

French electro-pop trio Yelle are riding high off the release of their brand new album Complètement Fou, produced and released by American pop superstar Dr. Luke. Their live set is never short of amazing, prompting crowds to dance along with lead signer and songwriter Julie Budet. They’ll be joined by NYC alt-pop outfit Lemonade. [Facebook Event]

Wampire w/ TOPS


When: Wednesday, October 15th
Where: Divan Orange
How Much: $10 – Buy Tickets

Portland duo Wampire, now expanded to a 5-piece for their live setup, have been quite prolific since the release of their debut album Curiosity in 2013. Teaming up once more with Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Jake Portrait for the sophomore effort Bazaar, set to be released on October 7th, the off-kilter pop group are back on the road and bringing Montreal alt-pop group TOPS along for the ride. [Facebook Event]

Kygo w/ Amtrac


When: Thursday, October 16th
Where: S.A.T.
How Much: $20 – Buy Tickets

Young musician, DJ, and remixer Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll, better known as Kygo, has been everywhere this last year, culminating in replacing headliner Avicii at TomorrowWorld. The Norwegian star will be performing for the first time in Montreal, alongside Louisville producer Amtrac, at the Société des Arts Technologiques. [Facebook Event]

Austra w/ Petra Glynt


When: Friday, October 17th
Where: S.A.T.
How Much: $22 – Buy Tickets

Toronto alt-pop trio Austra have been touring non-stop since dropping their sophomore album, 2013’s Olympia, and this year’s more electronic-focused Habitat EP. They’re performing their last handful of dates before heading back to the studio, including a stop at the Société des Arts Technologiques with Petra Glynt. [Facebook Event]

Flying Lotus w/ Thundercat

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When: Monday, October 20th
Where: S.A.T.
How Much: $29.25 – Buy Tickets

Steven Ellison, who performs as Flying Lotus and Captain Murphy, is a true musical visionary. He’s already released five full-length albums in the last 8 years, with two more coming out this year: You’re Dead as Flying Lotus, and a new unnamed Captain Murphy album, his rap alter-ego. You’re Dead is already gearing up to be one of 2014’s best releases, and seeing him perform with his long-time collaborator Thundercat is sure to be nothing short of astounding. [Facebook Event]

Courtney Barnett w/ San Fermin & Mikhael Paskalev

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When: Friday, October 24th
Where: Cabaret du Mile-End
How Much: $20 – Buy Tickets

After wowing crowds at Osheaga this past August, Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett is back in Montreal for a dual headlining show with Brooklyn-based baroque pop group San Fermin. After a series of EPs, Barnett is finally gearing up the release of her first full-length album, but no date has been announced yet. Best catch her now before she blows up! [Facebook Event]

The Presets w/ Saint Pepsi, Chela & Franki Chan

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When: Thursday, October 30th
Where: La Tulipe
How Much: $25 – Buy Tickets

If you’ve ever seen Australian electronic duo The Presets perform, you know it’s a full audio-visual experience. They’re about to launch their new Check Yo Ponytail tour, bringing them across Canada and the US with a slew of other performers. On the bill for Montreal’s gig is American electronic producer Saint Pepsi, L.A.’s Chela, and multidisciplinary artist Franki Chan. [Facebook Event]



When: Thursday, October 30th
Where: Metropolis
How Much: $27 – Buy Tickets

Meanwhile, over at Metropolis, SBTRKT is ready to bring his new album Wonder Where We Land to life. After a standout performance at Osheaga, it’s time to see how the live show will shift when performed indoors. This is guaranteed to sell out so make sure you get your tickets fast. [Facebook Event]

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