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Montreal brings psychedelia to Babeville

Not every band can borrow elements of disco pop, a Peter Gabriel-led Genesis show and an amplified zoo carnival to create a theatrically costumed club phenomenon that’s now tripping through its second decade. Athens, Ga.-born of Montreal has done it, and it’s just one reason the group continues to shine separate from its contemporaries.

Invented as part of the endlessly imaginative Elephant Six collective – along with such shape-shifting indie creations as Elf Power and Neutral Milk Hotel – the Kevin Barnes-conceived act has delivered different versions of eclectic psychedelia and Brian Wilson-inspired arrangements since first creeping onto the scene with 1997’s delightfully raw “Cherry Peel.” 12 albums later, the band’s developed into kaleidoscopic audio stomp that will march into Babeville’s Asbury Hall (with Florida’s Surface to Air Missive) for an appearance at 8 p.m. Monday.

Touring off a series of releases in the past year – including March’s “Aureate Gloom” and band documentary “The Past is a Grotesque Animal” – the sextet hasn’t been short on new material. But with the release of sprawling live effort “Snare Lustrous Doomings” in April, fans and the uninitiated alike get an ample taste of what’s made the vibrant outfit such a must-see experience. For the full serving of its pastel-accented chords and confetti showers, see the band off Delaware next week.

Tickets are $17.50 advance ($20 day of show), and are available via or at the official Babeville Box Office

– Michael Farrell

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