Gifted musicians can cause their audiences to choke up using nothing more than a few poignant lyrics and expertly tossed guitar picks. Let the music obstruct your throat with this GrouponLive deal to see Gotye outdoors at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. For $25, you get one G-Pass for seating in rows J–M of sections 401–410 on Thursday, September 20, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $45.50 value, including all fees). Doors open at 6 p.m. Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at will call.
Gotye is best known for delivering the haunting, finger-pointing lyrics of "Somebody That I Used to Know," but his new album, Making Mirrors, finds him working in a variety of moods, including on the joyful, Martha and the Vandellas–inspired “I Feel Better.” The new songs also incorporate more live instrumentation to expand on his usual paint box of intriguing vintage samples, as a 10-piece band will be joining him on his fall tour. "These are by far my most ambitious shows to date," he wrote on his Facebook page. "There will be no backing tracks used. All visuals will be triggered live.”
Caroline Polachek of the ethereal duo Chairlift also adds her willowy vocals to the evening, luring passing Grecian sailors into the rocks as she tours in support of her band's sophomore album, Something, which AllMusic praised as a "retro-futuristic sound collage of 1980s synth pop, sci-fi club music, and arty electronica." Also performing is former frontman of The Books, Nick Zammuto, whose new four-piece band, Zammuto, broadens horizons with its experimental electro-pop. In a review of the project’s self-titled release from earlier this year, Pitchfork exclaimed, "Zammuto blasts us with musical particles in narrow, swarming beams; each grain rendered with hallucinatory clarity."
Due to security restrictions, G-Passes must be printed out and presented in person at the event. They cannot be redeemed through Groupon's mobile app.