Bell epoch

More proof that Montreal is the Louisville of the aughts: not only have its indie-pop bands taken over the college-rock airwaves, they also have modern-classical aspirations. The BELL ORCHESTRE began as a group of indie-rockers (including members of, ugh, the Arcade Fire) playing improvised chamber music for modern dancers, and their playful debut, Recording A Tape the Colour of the Light (Rough Trade), includes a duet for two typewriters, a credit for "stethoscope," and a song that throws Nina Sky-like handclap rhythms under what sounds like a mash-up of Chuck Mangione's French horn and the siren from Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle." Don't believe us? Click-clack below. Tonight's show is brought to you by the Boston Phoenix at the Museum of Fine Arts' Remis Auditorium, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston 7:30 pm $20 617.369.3306.

LISTEN: Bell Orchestre, "Throw It On a Fire" (mp3)
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