There clearly is something in the water in Montreal that keeps producing such inventive, inspired bands. You can add the expressive three-piece Plants and Animals to that ever-growing list, as their stellar 2008 debut, Parc Avenue, put them firmly on the musical map, while their sprawling new record, La La Land, due out on 4/20, will surely keep them there. Their music is a slow-building, eclectic blend of roots, psychedelia, and straight-ahead indie rock, oftentimes within the same sweeping song, working up to emphatically gratifying choruses that more than justify their simmering introductions. Frontman Warren Spicer is a gifted guitarist whose imaginative riffs are typically the driving force behind the band's emphatic numbers, but the steady support of Matthew Woodley and Nicolas Basque give the songs an added depth that truly flourishes in a live setting. The penetrating local three-piece Zoo Animal open, and should set the stage quite nicely for a night filled with smoldering, affecting rock 'n' roll. 18+.
Mon., April 26, 7 p.m., 2010