Vo­cal ac­ro­bat­ics: Of Mon­treal

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS - — Jeff Acker

Meow Wolf has been bring­ing big names in indie rock to Santa Fe, with two re­cent book­ing coups — Deer­hunter ear­lier this month and Of Mon­treal on Wed­nes­day, Oct. 26. Of Mon­treal is ac­tu­ally of Ge­or­gia (specif­i­cally, long­time col­lege-mu­sic epi­cen­ter Athens). The band was started in the mid-1990s by Kevin Barnes, and their early mu­sic is off-kil­ter pop with acous­tic in­stru­men­ta­tion, un­pre­dictable melodies, and lyrics out of a weird chil­dren’s book. But the sound that’s taken over the air­waves and DSL lines in the past decade has more of a dancey bent, all bounc­ing beats and sin­u­ous basslines. The har­mo­niously ac­ro­batic vo­cals are in­tact, though, sug­gest­ing Len­non and McCart­ney do­ing theme mu­sic for videogames or car­toons. The art­work alone for Of Mon­treal’s lat­est al­bum, In­no­cence Reaches, high­lights the band’s aes­thetic — it glows and vi­brates like the work of Peter Max. Meow Wolf is at 1352 Ru­fina Cir­cle, 505-395-6369. Doors open for the fifteen-and-over show at 8 p.m.; tick­ets are $25, $20 in ad­vance from www.me­ow­wolf.com.

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