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Montreal Concerts: September 2011

By September 1, 2011

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montreal concerts september 2011 lauryn hillOne of many concerts in Montreal this month, ex-Fugees frontwoman Lauryn Hill performs a double bill with Nas on September 6, 2011 at the Bell Centre. Kevin Winter / Getty Images

A month heavy on nouveau tenors with the pretty boys of Il Volo and the pretty men of Celtic Thunder Heritage, big tickets include iconic '90s Seattle band Pearl Jam at the Bell Centre, Roger Daltry charging but a piddly $500-something for a prime view of his Tommy reprise, and Lauryn Hill performing The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill on the same night and stage as Nas revisiting his 1994 debut album Illmatic.

In indie news, highlights include -- minus POP Montreal's 400+ band lineup -- outstanding LA electrogospel signed Active Child, Cumbrian natives Wild Beasts, Brooklyn act The Drums, Portland beatmakers Starfucker and Chicago experimentalists A Lull.

Electro-wise, Estonian producer Mord Fustang compares his sound to an "adventurously nude fluctuant immaculate rainbow-coated thunderstorm," Bloody Beetroots and Death Crew 77 propose yet another live set in the city, the co-godfather of progressive house, John Digweed is back already for an encore, last seen on Montreal decks during Grand Prix weekend, Toronto native Deadmau5 confidently books four consecutive nights at Metropolis and techno legend Carl Cox keeps it simple with one at Stereo.

Then there's acoustics with Frazey Ford, another blast from Seattle's grunge past, Mudhoney, poppy shoegaze by UK outfit The Horrors, After the Burial's djent-inspired tone and syncopation, raspy folk roots with Melissa Laveaux, and indulge me in a couple of local shout outs: first, Montreal's Daniel Isaiah and finally, one of the more promising bands to come out of Quebec City in the last while, Midnight Romeo.

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