For those unfamiliar, Of Montreal is like P-Funk for sensitive kids. Kevin Barnes and his band blend personal lyrics with booty shakin' beats and psychedelic theatrics. It's as sexual as funk from the Mothership, but perhaps a bit more stimulating above the waist, as well. A product of the late '90s Elephant 6 collective, Of Montreal has steadily earned a reputation as one of the most artistic live acts in the world of indie pop.
Last year, the band released its tenth studio album, False Priest. It heads deep into R&B mode, with soulful female accompanying vocals courtesy of Janelle Monáe and Solange Knowles, and organic instruments laying down grooves in place of the electronic, sequenced tracks that set the tone on previous records. The band never brings the same stage show to town, so veterans and newbies will be equally surprised by the strangeness that appears on the tail end of a tour that has taken them across the globe.
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