of Montreal perform live in The Current studios

of Montreal performs "Hegira Emigre" live in the studios of 89.3 The Current. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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of Montreal In-studio
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  • of Montreal In-studio 22:41
  • of Montreal - Fugitive Air 04:08
  • of Montreal - Hegira Emigre 03:24
  • of Montreal - She Ain't Speakin' Now 03:36

"That was the best song Bob Dylan has never written," says Mary Lucia after of Montreal perform "Hegira Emigre" live in The Current studios, a likely comparison when an artist isolates himself during the writing process in a city like San Francisco and exclusively listens to '60s music as frontman Kevin Barnes did.

The Athens, Ga., group stopped by The Current studios before their show at The Cedar Cultural Center to play a few songs off the recently released Lousy with Sylvianbriar, which is of Montreal's 12th studio album.

Listen to the whole session to hear Kevin chat with Looch about Sylvia Plath's dark influence on the seemingly buoyant record, why he prefers to listen to records in headphones and about his experience interpreting Greek myths on a comedy tour.

Songs Performed


"Hegira Emigre"
"Fugitive Air"
"She Ain't Speakin' Now"

All songs off of Montreal's new record, Lousy with Sylvianbriar, out now on Polyvinyl.

Hosted by Mary Lucia
Produced by Jade
Engineered by Mike DeMark

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    Mary Lucia chats with of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes in The Current studios. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    of Montreal's Kevin Barnes sound checks in The Current studios. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Kevin Barnes in The Current studios. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    of Montreal in The Current studios. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Kevin Barnes performs of Montreal's "Fugitive Air" live in The Current studios. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    of Montreal live in The Current studios. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes, drummer Clayton Rychlik, bass guitarist Bob Parins and vocalist Rebecca Cash performing live in The Current studios.
    of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes, drummer Clayton Rychlik, bass guitarist Bob Parins and vocalist Rebecca Cash performing live in The Current studios. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    of Montreal hang out after performing live in The Current studios. (MPR / Nate Ryan)

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