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Montreal Concerts: January 2013

By January 4, 2013

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Montreal concerts this January 2013 include appearances by Ellie Goulding, Purity Ring, Father John Misty, Nelly Furtado, Queen Extravaganza and more.Above: UK electro pop sensation Ellie Goulding is slated to perform in Montreal January 26, 2013 at Metropolis. Her opening act is coincidentally one of my top picks from December, St. Lucia. Christopher Polk / Getty Images

The Montreal concerts roster come January falls into its usual slowdown, with a teeny handful of household monikers dropping by, from Nelly Furtado to Marilyn Manson to Skrillex, but if you've been following my work for a while and know by now that my coming-of-age theme is more along the lines of this, you'd also know top 40 types are not my typical forte. With that in mind ...

Purity Ring
The buzz peaketh for the "nightmare/future pop" duo from Edmonton, dubbed one of 2012's breakout indie acts by, among others, Exclaim. Kicking off their 2013 North American tour right here in Montreal, Purity Ring performs January 10 at Le National.

Unifest 2013 Presents Major Lazer
Commerce students hailing from a trio of Montreal's post-secondary institutions -- Concordia's John Molson School of Business, HEC Montreal and McGill U. -- have come together to create Unifest 2013, a fancy title for we-booked-Diplo. And that's a good thing. Under the Major Lazer brand, Diplo is releasing a collaboration-heavy full-lengther this February entitled Free the Universe featuring Santigold, Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors, Bruno Mars, Wyclef Jean, Laidback Luke, Flux Pavilion, Peaches, Tyga and MORE, again, all crammed into one album, if you can believe it. Major Lazer competes with Purity Ring for your attention on the same night, January 10 at New City Gas. But not really. You can probably catch both since Lazer is, at least theoretically, on decks until 3 a.m.

Willy Mason
A direct descendant of the father of modern psychology -- well, the American one, at least -- and son of two folk singers may be better known as an opening act, courtesy of past stints with Norah Jones, Radiohead, and more recently Mumford and Sons, but after a five-year hiatus between albums, the once labelled "new Bob Dylan" is coming into his own with his third full-length offering, Carry On, described as his most personal release yet. Willy Mason performs January 13 at Divan Orange.

Father John Misty
Father John Misty. Where to begin. He dropped by last May, offered a repeat in October and he's back in town yet again with his spot-on, absurdist, deep end irony, the kind of man to pop a zit, collect the pus and use it as ink to write a manifesto. Mind you, it's all persona, one that's taken on a life of its own if you ask its creator, ex Fleet Foxes drummer Josh Tillman, whose Father John Misty moniker has arguably brought him more spotlight in the span of eight months than seven albums released under his real name brought him in eight years. His thoughts on the subject, as seen in the LA Times? "It's a little too soon to call the game. I think of this phase of my life as a bizarre detour on the way to dishwashing." Father John Misty double heads with The Walkmen on January 15 at Théâtre Corona.

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