Kevin Barnes's brainchild of Montreal is no stranger to reinvention. Over the course of thirteen albums, the Athens, Georgia, collective has experimented — rather successfully — with everything from twee pop to r&b funk to its latest rock-punk hybrid (Aureate Gloom, released earlier this month). The main consistency from release to release is Barnes's tendency toward the TMI: He digs deep, and weirdly, into the darkest corners of his psyche, to profound effect.
Jason Speakman for the Village Voice Kevin Barnes takes to the mic at Webster Hall with of Montreal.
Also consistent has been of Montreal's penchant for the theatrical. Years and years of touring has yielded such sights as Barnes, mostly naked, riding a horse onstage at Roseland Ballroom; dancers being crucified; and too many wedding-dress costumes to count. Over-the-top has been the name of the game, which has produced some of the strangest — and most fun — show-going experiences of the past decade.More »