Now Playing

Pie Chart Review

Of Montreal’s "Lousy with Sylvianbriar."

“As far as interesting cities go in the States, San Francisco is in the top two or three,” says Georgia-based Kevin Barnes, front man of the experimental rock band Of Montreal. “It’s the easiest to romanticize.” So for inspiration for his 12th album, Barnes embarked on a self-described “isolation experiment” during which he rented a room in the Mission and wrote intensively in hopes of infusing his work with some legendary San Francisco music magic. The result? Lousy with Sylvianbriar, which the band will showcase at its back-to-back shows on Nov. 8th & 9th at the Great American Music Hall. Here, we break the album down by local cultural influences.

Tech-fueled existential angst—5%
Sunbaked Dolores Park afternoons—17%
Haight Street hippie vibes—21%
The philosophy section at Dog Eared books—6%
Garage rockers Thee Oh Sees—8%
Christopher Owen’s original grungy pop band, Girls—11%
Espresso shots at Revolution Café—9%
The “local flora”—10%
The local flora—13%


Originally published in the November 2013 issue of San Francisco

Have feedback? Email us at
Email Ellen Cushing at
Follow us on Twitter @sanfranmag
Follow Ellen Cushing on Twitter @elcush