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Matthew Barney
Of Montreal's new direction
Of Montreal's new direction

"Alabee Barnes, this is your lucky day. Your father is going to sing Michael Jackson's 'Thriller'!" announced Kevin Barnes as that song's instantly recognizable opening rang out behind him. It was the end of a long dress rehearsal for the indie- pop band Of Montreal, and Barnes and his mates were a little punch-drunk. Props and costume pieces — sequined fish claws, flame-trimmed monster masks, a massive stuffed golem everyone called "God" — lay scattered around the stiflingly hot warehouse where Of Montreal had been camped for the past few weeks. Five-year-old Alabee was actually at home with her grandparents, but Barnes' wife and...