Of Montreal at The Stage Miami, November 28

Of Montreal fans are likeably weird too.

For example, the below picture is technically a piece of shit. But it's a piece of shit that is highly relevant to our interests. See, there's this guy going around to live music events in a Spiderman costume.

We didn't remember him until we saw the above photograph, and then we realized we had seen him about two or three other times (at least) in the past few months. Though blurry, this evidence of some kind of comic book roleplay freak frequenting concerts in Miami is on par with footage of the lochness monster and pictures of chupacabras.

Is that Spiderman crowdsurfing or is the audience being attacked by a chupacabra?

Silly, trippy, unbridled ...

But while Of Montreal's output most definitely falls under the broad umbrella of psychedelia, it's worth noting that, in a lot of ways, the group's music is the least psychedelic thing about them. This is not a critique so much as a neutral observation.

In a live context, the music's danceability -- rooted in 2000s electro-informed disco and Elephant Six-style orchestral power pop -- comes to the forefront. And the audience responded with exponentially increasing movement as the set progressed, despite being crammed in like a stable of clowns in a teeny-tiny Punch Buggy.

Critic's Notebook

The Crowd: Overwhelmingly female, concert norms, freshly hipstered 30-somethings, girls in indian headdresses, Ladies Night!!!!, wigs and costumes, All Songs Considered podcast junkies who looked like nerdy wallflowers at a high-school dance, Wynwoodies and Design Districtarians.

From the Crowd: A Palm Beach county insider revealed that certain Of Montreal members (including frontman Kevin Barnes) spent some time growing up in West Palm. Who knew?!

From the Stage: Balloons, confetti, and countless other expressions of "brightly colored crap."

Of Montreal's Setlist:
-"My British Tour Diary"
-"Sails Hermaphorditic"
-"L'Age D'Or"
-"Hydra Fancies"
-"Wraith Pinned to the Mist (and Other Games)"
-"Enemy Gene"
-"Georgie's Lament"
-"Godly Intersex"
-"You Do Mutilate?"
-"Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse"
-"Gronlandic Edit"
-"A Sentence of Sorts in Kongsvinger"
-"Touched Something's Hollow"
-"An Eluardian Instance"
-"She's a Rejector"

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Location Info


The Stage

170 NE 38th St., Miami, FL

Category: Music

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