Mac DeMarco

Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal QC, August 1

Mac DeMarcoParc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal QC, August 1
Photo: Ellie Pritts
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Headlining the Tree Stage, Mac DeMarco and his merry band of pranksters were set to bring their famously debaucherous live show to Osheaga. Featuring new guitarist Andy White — filling in for Peter Sagar due to Sagar's impending new LP as Homeshake — DeMarco and co. played tracks from his past three releases, with a special focus on this year's Polaris Music Prize-shortlisted Salad Days. The album's slower tunes provided a soothing mellow for an audience exhausted by a full day of music, but the band kept the party going with jangly hits like "Freakin' Out the Neighborhood" from 2012's breakout 2.

DeMarco brought his typical shenanigans, including a loose cover of reggae staple "Jammin'" and bassist Pierce McGarry taking a screamo turn on vocals for the end of "Rock and Roll Night Club," eating a fan's sandwich and joking about Sheryl Crow's vagina. The set's biggest misstep was during "Passing Out Pieces," the synth-driven lead single from Salad Days, which was hit by both a muddy mix and a lack of the guitar accents that pushed the song forward on the studio version. The keyboards, too, were drowned out by drums and bass. The set ended with DeMarco crowd-surfing during "Still Together" from 2, reigniting the receptive crowd one last time before they trudged off of the Jean-Drapeau stage for a much-needed night of rest.

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