Kevin Barnes, the ringleader of the long-running psych-pop act Of Montreal, is guided by a restlessly creative spirit. It’s been the force that’s kept Of Montreal relevant since its inception in 1996 through this year’s new album Aureate Gloom, the band’s lucky thirteenth album. The discography, while anchored in indie pop signifiers, has incorporated tons of stylistic shifts and lineup changes as Barnes’ whims have dictated. It’s also led to an impressive prolificacy. There’s lots of Barnes’ material but rarely anything worth ignoring, even as he’s shifted from bedroom pop to layered orchestral pop, incorporating trips to dense electronics and straight up 60s psych-folk band set-ups in-between. So it makes sense that Aureate Gloom marry heavy riffage with shimmering psychedelia. In Of Montreal’s world, it all makes sense mixed together.
Monday, March 16
Of Montreal w/Deerhoof
The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple Street
9 p.m., $18 ADV/$20 DOS