Of Montreal

If the millennial generation felt inclined to choose David Bowie's successor, Kevin Barnes is the only logical choice. A product of the Elephant 6 musicians' collective, Barnes'; nine-piece band Of Montreal specializes in freaky disco music that bends and molds genres the same way Barnes bends and molds his persona (and his gender) onstage. Like Bowie's Ziggy Stardust, Barnes has his own glam-rock alter ego, except Barnes' is not an alien but a middle-aged black transsexual named Georgie Fruit. And as you might expect--nay, demand-- from the man who would follow in Bowie's footsteps, the band's live shows are legendary. Of Montreal's props and costumes are so elaborate that it classifies itself a "performance group" rather than a band. The group is now touring behind its ninth album, Skeletal Lamping, and tonight's show, which requires more than 30 costume and set changes, should be nothing less than Mardi Gras in November. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 628-3151, www.showboxonline.com. $20 (all ages). 8 p.m. SARA BRICKNER

Wed., Nov. 19, 8 p.m., 2008

 
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