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of Montreal
Music Hall of Williamsburg
New York, NY
Decc. 16, 2008
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Story and photos by Kate Seesholtz

"You only like him 'cause he's sexually appealing" Kevin Barnes, lead singer of the band of Montreal, sang to a sold out crowd in Brooklyn's famed Music Hall of Williamsburg late Tuesday night. That line is not only the opening verse to their song "Beware Our Nubile Miscreants," but also partly how the crowd felt about the colorful lead singer. Kevin Barnes and the rest of of Montreal did not disappoint the exuberant crowd, providing more than just your average concert.

While the show was not as extravagant as their previous show in New York City (which included Barnes riding half naked on a live white horse and faking his own hanging), it had all the attributes that of Montreal is known for. The show began with four gold costumed dancers entering while Barnes laid across them, only for them to rip off the costumes to real sleek black outfits with hidden glittered faces. Kevin Barnes performed almost as many costume changes as his dancers. Stripping from a simple pant and shirt to shiny gold briefs with fur and sequin jackets, Barnes threw each article of clothing he took off into frenzied crowd.

A highlight of the evening came when the dancers brought out red paint and covered Barnes from head to toe before moving on to paint the audience. Fans clamored for a spot near the stage to have their faces covered red. Audience interaction is one of the main highlights of of Montreal's stage shows. From feeding them baby carrots to squeezing orange juice on them, the fans are never forgotten for a moment. While their music is exceptional, catchy and great to sing along to, of Montreal are entertainers first and foremost. Performing until almost 1:30 in the morning, of Montreal gave the audience everything they came for and more.

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