Of Montreal played a mind-drenching set at Roseland Ballroom last Friday night, leaving the crowd both perplexed by the setlist and in total awe of the most original live act I’ve seen this year. With a cavalcade of characters, props, and costumes – lead singer Kevin Barnes appeared almost nude, sitting atop a real-life white horse at one point – the band served as the orchestra to Barnes’ theatrics, which at times were beyond silly, and at others, positively brilliant.
During the encore, Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT joined in (rushing over after MGMT opened for Beck at United Palace Theatre) for a rousing cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. And though that sounds like a recipe for disaster, it actually came off as impressively convincing.
Love is All had the pleasure of opening for Of Montreal, basking in the excitement of what may have been the largest crowd they’ve seen in the States. But when Of Montreal took the stage and led the room into its hallucinatory portal, many may have forgotten that Love is All were ever a part of their night.
[Total Time 1:47:25]
02 Id Engager
03 So Begins Our Alabee
04 Triphallus, To Punctuate!
05 She’s a Rejecter
06 For Our Elegant Caste
07 Touched Something’s Hollow
08 An Eluardian Instance
09 Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse
10 Gallery Piece
11 Wraith Pinned To The Mist (And Other Games)
12 Women’s Studies Victims
13 St. Exquisite Confessions
14 Eros’ Entropic Tundra
15 Nonpareil Of Favor
16 October is Eternal
17 Wicked Wisdom
18 Disconnect the Dots
19 And I’ve Seen A Bloody Shadow
20 Plastis Wafers
21 Beware Our Nubile Miscreants
23 A Sentence Of Sorts In Kongsvinger
24 [encore break]
25 Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)*
26 Gronlandic Edit
*with Andrew VanWyngarden (MGMT)
Setlist courtesy of NYCtaper.com.
-photos by Scot Bowman and Derek Morris