Of Montreal

Last winter's Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? (Polyvinyl) was a significant departure for Of Montreal, being thoroughly obsessed with chief Monty Kevin Barnes's demons, including depression, alienation, and separation from his wife and daughter. Barnes's sunny pop tunes suddenly became dark, ominous, and unsettling (at least lyrically), but still infused with Barnes's genius for giddy bits of neo-psychedelia, making Fauna a minor masterpiece of fascinating, multilayered, multi-textured pop. In its assured pop complexity, it's evocative of Brian Wilson, the Beatles, the Cure, and Prince. Vocally, Barnes sometimes sounds like Robert Smith, sometimes Prince, especially when tunes like "Faberge Falls for Shuggy" get into taut funk. The centerpiece, meanwhile, is a 12-minute excursion in pulsing, insistent synth-pop that's the most harrowing thing on the album. Barnes has reportedly reconciled with his family, so the show could have an entirely different vibe. Grand Buffet, a Pittsburgh duo with the unlikely monikers of Jackson O'Connell-Barlow and Lord Grunge, will open with what is purportedly a mix of hip hop, pop, and electronics. With MGMT. All ages.
Fri., Oct. 5, 5 p.m., 2007

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