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Of Montreal/Ruby the Rabbitfoot 

When: Thu., Sept. 15, 8:30 p.m. 2016
Price: $18 ADV, $20 DOS
A Rocky River native who still thinks of himself as a lifelong fan of Cleveland sports teams, Of Montreal front man Kevin Barnes, who also spent some time in Mentor, moved to Athens, Ga. nearly 20 years ago because he consciously wanted to embrace the city's rich musical history. After forming Of Montreal, he quickly befriended indie rock acts such as Olivia Tremor Control and Neutral Milk Hotel, groups that were part of the loosely formed Elephant 6 collective. Of Montreal initially began playing the kind of neo-psychedelic rock for which the other bands in the collective were known, but the band then went in a different, dance-oriented direction on 2002's Aldhils Arboretum and has dabbled in a bit of everything since. Barnes wrote the material on the band’s latest album, Innocence Reaches, during an extended stay in Paris where he was heavily influenced by contemporary electronic music for the first time in his extensive career. He promises the live show will be a lively, theatrical affair. (Niesel)


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