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See Of Montreal This Friday

September 16th, 2009

Since forming back in 1997, Of Montreal’s lineup and sound have changed, but the one constant has been Kevin Barnes, who got the impetus to create the band following the end of a relationship with a girl from—you guessed right—Montreal. The group he founded has been active in the collaborative indie-pop community in Athens, Ga., and has been involved with the Elephant 6 Recording Company, a musicians collective.

Being surrounded by so much creativity has spurred Of Montreal to record music prolifically: They’ve released nine studio albums and six EPs. And as Barnes has gone through changes in life—getting married, moving to Norway to have a child, moving back to the U.S., briefly becoming separated from his wife and daughter before reuniting—so has the tone of the music. The band has incorporated synthesizers and different elements of funk, pop, psychedelia and rock into the songs Barnes writes. See Of Montreal, above, playing “Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse,” from 2007’s Hissing Fauna, and then see them on Friday, September 18th at Terminal 5.