Indie pop group Of Montreal bringing its sounds to Rion Ballroom


Published: Friday, January 13, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 13, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
Fans of indie pop group Of Montreal can begin their "bizarre celebrations" as the band sings in one of its biggest hits.
University of Florida's Reitz Union Board has announced that the six-member band will be playing the Rion Ballroom in the Reitz Union next month.
The band is noted for its peculiar and elongated album and song titles such as "Butterscotching Mr. Lynn" on 2001's "Coquelicopt Asleep in the Poppies: a Variety of Whimsical Verse."
Of Montreal is perhaps best known for the song "Wraith Pinned to the Myst and Other Games," which has received airplay from radio and MTV 2, and was regularly featured at downtown dance club The Atlantic.
"They have a unique sound that is breathtaking" says fan Mason Greenwald, a graphic designs junior at UF.
The band uses a mix of whimsy, adult themes and irreverent humor. Yet, fans might be confounded to describe the group's sound. Some on campus this week simply said the band is "fun" or "makes them happy."
A reviewer for Seattle Weekly said of the neopsychodelic band: "Random flights of imaginative fancy are an essential component of the experience."
Of Montreal is the product of singer/songwriter and guitarist Kevin Barnes, whose airy vocals are a trademark of the famous Athens, Ga., music scene that also spawned Apples In Stereo and Elf Power.
Barnes formed the band in the mid-'90s, and through a variety of lineups has released an astounding 11 albums (including two compilations) in less than a decade according to allmusic.com. Of Montreal's latest release, "The Sunlandic Twins," was released in April of last year.
The Feb. 15 show will be part of a short tour of Florida by Of Montreal. As it is on campus though, it will hold certain benefits. Instead of a $12 ticket cost which is the price for headbangers at The Social in Orlando two days later, this show is free.
Admission will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority for UF students, says RUB Live Music Committee Co-chairman Matt Jones.
"We'll let in as many people as we can; our only limit is fire capacity," Jones said.
For more information about Of Montreal, visit the group's official Web site at www.ofmontreal.net.
Additional information on the Feb. 15 show can be found at www.union.ufl.edu/rub/ and www.gainesvillebands.com as it becomes available.

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