Osheaga 2016 Saturday Band Planning Guide

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Part 2 of the Montreal Rocks Osheaga 2016 planning guide using the Osheaga lineup schedule and YouTube.


1:00 PM

Charlotte Cardin (Scene Verte Sonnet) 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

French Canadian Pop who sings both in French & English.  Don’t let this former model’s beauty mislead you…she can sing just as good as she looks.

Night Riots (Scene de la Riviere) 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Californian band mixing rock with new wave synths.  Although formerly called PK, this band shares with Montreal the fact that both don’t include Subban.

Noé (Scene des Arbres) 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Electro-soul from the South of France.  Judging by the lack of information on the web, unless she is extremely old and filled a boat full of animals to survive a flood, she is still relatively obscure.  Sounds very sultry.

The Damn Truth (Scene de la Vallee) 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Big voice from this Montreal Rock band who will surely bring some energy to the stage.

MisterWives (Scene de la Montagne) 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM

Indie Pop from New York City described as Quirky and Cool.  If you are into Pop music, you might want to check them out.

Randal’s Choice:  I might take a quick peep at Charlotte Cardin, then check out Noé for a song or two before heading to the big stage for The Damn Truth.  Lot’s of walking for this hour.

2:00 PM

Coleman Hell (Scene Verte Sonnet) 2:00 PM – 2:40 PM 

Having recently opened up for Twenty One Pilots during their last visit, Coleman Hell hails from North Bay, Ontario.  Pop with a side of banjo, Coleman has energy to spare.  Bring your dancing shoes.

July Talk (Scene de la Riviere) 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM

July Talk was at MRCY last summer (review here). Peter & Leah juxtapose between an annoying brother/sister relationship mixed with passionate teasing which leaves you confused as to whether they are annoying each other or are in love.

Frances (Scene de la Vallee) 2:45 PM – 3:24 PM

Sophia Frances Cooke is a singer-songwriter from Berkshire England.  Soulful pop.

Hiatus Kaiyote (Scene des Arbres) 2:45 PM – 3:25 PM

If you enjoy the more out there bands, on the fringes of definition, you might want to check out this future-soul quartet from Australia.

Randal’s Choice:  I can’t miss the antics of July Talk, so big stage for me.

3:00 PM

Daughter (Scene de la Montagne) 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

Dreamy soft indie pop wrapped in the velvet voice of Elena Tonra.  Returning from their March visit at The Corona (review here by my own daughter interestingly enough), this band from England will calm the crowds and soothe the soul.   Instead of regular videos, they have crafted stories on film.  You can watch three of these in which you read the story first, then watch the video (link).

Lucius (Scene Verte Sonnet) 3:25 PM – 4:10 PM

Indie Pop from Brooklyn, NY fronted by two women who share the same hairdresser and stylist.  Another band at Osheaga that sing in unison (see Oh Wonder), it should be an entertaining set.

The Barr Brothers (Scene de la Riviere) 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Montreal’s own Barr Brothers return to the Osheaga stage with their Americana blues influenced indie Folk.  Their history begins with a fire that cleared out a club, harp eavesdropping, finally merging so many world music influences that they defy classifications.

Randal’s Choice:  Daughter + Barr Brothers for this round.

3:00 PM

Foreign Diplomats (Scene des Arbres) 4:10 PM – 4:55 PM

Indie Pop & Electro Funk from the Laurentides Quebec.  On the same label as Half Moon Run & The Franklin Electric, this band shares similarities with their peers.  An interesting mix for sure.

Frightened Rabbit (Scene de la Vallee) 4:10 PM – 4:55 PM

Scottish Indie Rock.  Scott Hutchison is no longer the little boy that his mom called a “Frightened Rabbit”, now joined by his brother Grant Hutchison and the rest of the band.

Kurt Vile & The Violators (Scene de la Montagne) 4:45 PM – 5:35 PM

Indie Folk Rock from Philadelphia that defies our era.  The music could easily have been created in the 70s, 10 years before Kurt was born, yet is relevant today.  When your record label’s bio is written by Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth…just goes to show you how cool Kurt is.

Logic (Scene Verte Sonnet) 4:50 PM – 5:35 PM

Sir Robert Bryson Hall II (A.K.A. Logic) is from Maryland but now lives in Beverly Hills.  Don’t let the Sir moniker fool you, he came from a low income crime laden neighborhood raised by cocaine addicted drunk parents and Crack producing brothers.  Straying far from his family influence, he might sip a glass of Champagne, but steers clear of all else.  What happens when you are a Hip-Hop artist, but your greatest influence is Sinatra?  Find out!

Randal’s Choice:  Foreign Diplomat till Kurt Vile.

5:00 PM

The Arcs (Scene de la Riviere) 5:35 PM – 6:25 PM

What do you do when you front a massive band (airplay rather than members) called The Black Keys?  Start a side project!  Dan Auerbach and The Arcs will be joined by Mariachi Flor de Toloache (see clip from this year’s Montreal Jazz Festival).  Slower and more experimental than The Black Keys who graced the same stage last year with a later time slot.

Cloves (Scene des Arbres) 5:40 PM – 6:25 PM

Kaity Dunstan (Cloves) from Australia with an angelic voice. Inspired by such greats as Amy Winehouse, Etta James and Eva Cassidy, this young woman sings about pain she is too young to have accumulated, but somehow makes you believe she has lived those stories.

Post Malone (Scene de la Vallee) 5:40 PM – 6:25 PM

More Hip-Hop from Austin Richard Post (Post Malone).  There is a hint of country from his years in Dallas, but he’s all Hip-Hop now, since his high school mix tapes.  Maybe his friend Justin Bieber will cheer him on!

Randal’s Choice:  I can’t miss the Arcs, but Cloves will have a hard pull on attention.  I will try to get both in…half and half.

6:00 PM

Bastille (Scene de la Montagne) 6:25 PM – 7:25 PM

Indie Pop best known for the song “Pompeii” and a band that can be hosted at the Bell Centre.  Hopefully they will not start a “French Revolution” here in Montreal.

Best Coast (Scene Verte Sonnet) 6:25 PM – 7:15 PM

Duo playing indie pop/rock.  Inspired by 60s psychedelia and surf rock, their sound is dreamy and full of tasty guitars.

Randal’s Choice: I’m going for Best Coast on this one.

7:00 PM

Busty & the Bass (Scene des Arbres) 7:15 PM – 8:00 PM

Electro-soul with enough members to fill a stage from Montreal who just finished the Jazz Festival.  Macy Gray loved their cover, and I’m sure if she was at Osheaga, she would begin the dancing.

Coeur de Pirate (Scene de la Vallee) 7:15 PM – 8:00 PM

Although starting at the tender age of 3 years old, it was a 2009 viral video of a baby playing with toys propelled her into people’s hearts, and not only pirates.  Another Montreal favorite with a sweet voice.

Haim (Scene de la Riviere) 7:25 PM – 8:25 PM

American Folk Rock from LA consisting of three sisters and a drummer who appeared on SNL.  Just don’t call them a female band…they hate that.  Maybe their bestie Taylor Swift will be by their side as they perform.

Randal’s Choice:  Didn’t really like the SNL performance…but Haim sort of grew on me a little.  Never saw Coeur de Pirate…so I will probably (Insert Pirate Pun Here).

8 PM

The Last Shadow Puppets (Scene Verte Sonnet) 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

I guess Alex Turner (Artic Monkeys) & James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco), like Dan of The Arcs needed to expand their creative horizons with a side project.  Johnny Marr (Smiths) joined them on stage in Manchester for a cover of “Last Night I dreamt That Somebody Loved Me.”  Will this supergroup have any surprise guests?  I guess you will have to be there to find out.

Death Cab for Cutie (Scene de la Montagne) 8:25 PM – 9:40 PM

DCFC just performed with Metric in March (review here), I was sad they left before I made it to the after party. Oh well, hearing them live was just as good.  Montreal loves Death Cab for Cutie so I’m sure this stage will be packed.

Randal’s Choice:  Death Cab for sure.

9:00 PM

Aurora (Scene des Arbres) 9:00 PM – 9:50 PM

Bringing some competition to Lana Del Ray, Aurora is a Norwegian singer-songwriter will give us some Electro Pop.  Aurora got some love from Katy Perry calling her music “new music that makes my heart a flutter.”  Enough said.

Jazz Cartier (Scene de la Vallee) 9:00 PM – 9:50 PM

Canadian Hip-Hop from Toronto who constantly moved with his diplomat father which gave him music influences from different countries.  Watch his 360 degree VR video.

Lana Del Rey (Scene de la Riviere) 9:40 PM – 10:55 PM

Elizabeth Woolridge Grant will visit us from New York with her deep steamy voice.  Another SNL guest, which was highly criticized.  She won’t be running around the stage like Florence Welch, but I’m pulling for her to bring an interesting vibe to end the night.

Future (Scene Verte Sonnet) 9:50 PM – 10:50 PM

Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn, known by the easier to pronounce stage name Future.  Having worked with artists like The Weeknd, Young Thug, Drake Jay Z and more…one must wonder if any surprise guests might make this the stage to be at.

Randal’s Choice: I have to see Lana Del Ray and see if she can pull off this headlining spot.

Randal Wark is a Professional Speaker and Business coach with a passion for live music.  You can follow him on InstagramTwitter and YouTube.

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