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November 1, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Of Montreal’s rock ‘n’ roll with a sinister twist

(Nina Barnes)

(Nina Barnes)

By Chris Kornelis

Granted, we’re all hearing more Lou Reed references this week, but Of Montreal’s latest, “Lousy With Sylvianbriar,” feels particularly indebted to the iconoclast, who died this week. Like Reed, frontman Kevin Barnes bounces between deadpan, euphoria and the occasional snarl punctuated with at least one good fellatio shout-out. Musically, the Athens, Ga., band works within the familiar confines of rock ’n’ roll, but delivers it with a sinister twist and doo-wop accents. The album’s high point is “Belle Glade Missionaries,” a preposterously named nugget with a devastating riff. On stage, Barnes and company are known to parlay their pop into spectacle and even horses have been called in to support in the past. At a minimum, expect to see a group of musicians who put as much thought into their live show as they do their records, which is saying something, and exceptionally rare.

8 p.m. Wednesday at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $18 (206-709-9467 or neumos.com).

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