Of Montreal bring art rock spectacle to the Social

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CHAD KAMENSHINE
  • Chad Kamenshine
For nearly a quarter-century, defying expectations has been Of Montreal’s guiding principle. Kevin Barnes and his ragtag crew have dabbled in dusty alt-country, funky dance jams, twee indie pop, glammed-up garage rock and everything in between. Shoot, on the band’s last three albums alone, the focus has veered from dissonant experimentation to paisley-hued psychedelia to heart-rending art-punk. Add in Barnes’ hyper-literate lyricism, fantastical artwork and flamboyant stage production, and you’ve got a singular modern group with no real antecedent and very few contemporaries. But Of Montreal no longer hides behind the mask of outlandish freakiness they once did; 2015’s Aureate Gloom might be the band’s most honest and relatable record. As Barnes said in press for the album, “I might be guilty of sharing or exposing too much of my private life, but to me the best albums are those that help people connect with an artist on a deep, human level and that do so without too much artifice or evasiveness.”

with Tomboi | 8 p.m. Saturday, April 2 | The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | thesocial.org | $20


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