Like some kind of rabid half-human, half-beaver freakshow cooked up in the laboratory of Dr. Moreau, Of Montreal is plowing through the second decade of the new millennium with a psychedelic skill set that employs the best of seemingly disparate gene pools.
Of course, the crux of the band's genetic makeup is joyously manic, vaudevillian Dayglo pop.
But the secret ingredient to Kevin Barnes and his merry indie-pop pranksters longevity (17 glitter-and-spandex packed years!) has nothing to do with the group's obvious archetypes and signatures, and everything to do with their insatiable hustle, which, BTW, is quite comparable to the rock-slangin' unfuckwithability of a top-shelf rhyme-spittin', drug-dealin' trap star.
Of Montreal's Spring/Summer 2013 Tour Dates
Miami, FL - Grand CentralCanceled
May 4 Orlando, FL - The Social *
May 5 Baton Rouge, LA - Varsity Theater *
May 6 Austin, TX - Mohawk *
May 8 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom *^
May 9 Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex *
May 10 San Francisco, CA - Slim's *
May 11 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
May 12 Seattle, WA - Vera Project *
May 15 Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center *
May 16 Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre *
May 17 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
May 18 Covington, KY - The Madison Theater *
May 19 Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom *
May 20 Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom *
May 21 Boston, MA - Paradise *
May 22 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
May 24 Greensboro, NC - Blind Tiger *
May 25 Frederick, MD - Flying Dog Brewery
May 28 Honolulu, HI - Republik #
June 1 Nagano, Japan - Taico Club Festival
July 5 Miami, FL - Grand Central
% with Royal Canoe
* with Wild Moccasins
^ with Turquoise Jeep
# with Clones of the Queen & Sing the Body
Just look at the numbers! In addition to 17 straight years as a functioning ensemble, Of Montreal has produced a prolific discography that includes 11 full-length albums, comfortably easing into the habit of releasing a record every other year.
And while the band may not be selling CD-Rs and t-shirts out of the trunk of its heavily customized Impala, Of Montreal's road warrior dedication to touring just might be superior to the collective water-whippin' of Gucci Mane, Young Jeezy, and Rick Ross. Combined.
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But unlike the paradigms and milieus that define the trap rappers listed above, Of Montreal promotes a cotton-candy lifestyle that will never get you arrested by an undercover officer or shot by a rival pusherman.
Vaudevillian Dayglo pop for life.
Friday, May 3. Friday, July 5. Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami. The show starts at 8 p.m. All ages. Call 305-377-2277 or visit grandcentralmiami.com.