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Montreal Hit List: Staff Benda Bilili, Beach House, The Search Engine & more!

THURSDAY OCTOBER 11 & FRIDAY OCTOBER 12 

8pm. The Search Engine @ SAT, 1201 St-Laurent. This weekend is your last chance to catch the reprise of DJ Food’s The Search Engine. The show was created with the help of astronomers from the Royal Observatory of Greenwich and premiered at the London Planetarium last fall. The visual montage stems from the British astronomical archives mingled with DJ Food’s own creations, all backed by the Search Engine soundtrack. Groovy phonic and visual immersion guaranteed! $20.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 11 

10pm. Perle Launch/ On the Rocks @ Salon Officiel, 351 Roy Est. A very special edition of Thursday On the Rocks, celebrating the launch of both Perle’s magazine’s 4th issue and M for Montreal’s program. DJs Sunny Duval and resident Pat Dynamite join hosts Mikey B Rishwain. Get your copy of Perle #4 and get a free drink, courtesy of Cointreau. Rock/indie/soul till 3am. No cover. 

FRIDAY OCTOBER 12 

8pm. Mile End/Outremont Good Tyme Baseball Funraising Extravaganza! @ Il Motore, 179 Jean-Talon Ouest. Good Tyme celebrates the end of another killer season with a “funraiser” for their old timey baseball league! The goal is to be able to cover the field rental for the summer of 2013, so that next year’s baseball is free for all! The evening’s stellar line-up includes: Genital Hospital, Special Noise, Hand Cream and Couples. DJs Zac de Camp and Richard White will gear up after the bands finish playing. 

SATURDAY OCTOBER 13 

9pm. King Tuff + Intelligence @ Il Motore, 179 Jean-Talon Ouest. Sub Pop indie rock artist King Tuff joins Seattle’s Intelligence for a show at Il Motore. $12. 

11pm. Audio Porn Club @ Royal Phoenix, 5788 St-Laurent. L’amour à 3 presents Audio Porn Club, a decadent new night at Royal Phoenix. Expect luscious beats and hidden gems of electro pop and indie rock. With resident DJs Frantastik and Montag. Drink specials: 3 beers for $10 between 11pm and midnight, 3 shots for $10 all night! Cover $5. 

SUNDAY OCTOBER 14 

8pm. Beach House + Poor Moon @ Club Soda, 1225 St-Laurent. Catch dreamy duo Beach House live this Sunday at Club Soda. (Warning: may induce sharp pangs of longing for summertime!) With opening act Poor Moon. Tickets $28. 

MONDAY OCTOBER 15 

7pm. Staff Benda Bilili + Wesli @ Theatre Rialto, 5723 Avenue du Parc. Rumba/R&B/Reggae/Percussive group Staff Benda Bilili from the Democratic Republic of the Congo bring their incredible live show to the Rialto. The band (whose name translates from Lingala into “Look beyond appearances,”) has already far surpassed their ambition of being “Africa’s best disabled band” (four band members are paraplegic and move around on customized tricycles). Their 2009 album, “Très Très Fort” earned them accolades such as the World Music Expo Artist of the year. Their much-anticipated new album, “Bouger le Monde,” was released last month to rave reviews. With Montreal multi-instrumentalist Wesli. Can’t miss. Tickets $30.

~ Heidi Craig

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