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of Montreal And Janelle Monáe Coming To Chicago

By Sarah Cobarrubias in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 1, 2010 4:30PM

Georgia-based indie pop act of Montreal spits out so much material, it’s hard to keep track. Aside from collaborating with numerous bands, these guys have already released nine albums and are moving onto their tenth. Their upcoming full-length, False Priest, will be released to the public September 14 through Polyvinyl Records.

Frontman Kevin Barnes tells Pitchfork that the 13-track album will feature “a lot of very dancey, very funky songs,” which is exactly what we expect from of Montreal.* But the album’s single “Coquet Coquette” doesn’t quite represent this - it’s tamer and more organic than what we’ve seen on previous albums, featuring more live instrumentation as opposed to the electronics they’ve previously relied on. Check it out for yourself - "Coquet Coquette" is free for download through Polyvinyl. And on a side not: though False Priest doesn’t hit the public for another two weeks, the group is already ready to release a new EP, The Controller Sphere, which is as of now written, recorded, and ready to be released next spring.

In support of False Priest, the act is embarking on an extensive US tour this fall, bringing along R&B singer/songwriter/performance artist Janelle Monáe, who they’ve toured and collaborated with in the past and will guest-perform on the upcoming album. Chicago wasn’t originally included in the tour line-up when it was announced back in July, but luckily a September 25 show at the Riviera has since been added. of Montreal is known for their elaborate shows, incorporating performance art, video performances, and gorgeous light shows, so expect a night full of constant visual and audio stimulation. And Monáe wowed a sold-out Schuba's back in May with a spectacular performance, so grab your tickets soon before this show inevitably sells out too.

of Montreal Plays with Janelle Monáe Saturday, Sept 25 at the Riviera, 4746 N Racine, 7 p.m., $22, All Ages

*[Ed. note: I've heard False Priest and Barnes ain't lying. Look for our full review to appear soon.]