Watch of Montreal’s Michael Jackson Medley

When I talked to of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes about the band’s next album, he had ambitious plans for the following tour: A bigger band, more instruments, more surprises. It turns out one of those surprises is ending their recent shows with a three-song medley of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'” and “P.Y.T.” Playing a kinda-recently deceased artist’s biggest hit at a non-tribute show is risky — so much karaoke / wedding band potential. Barnes and of Montreal are just so naturally charming, though, that it looks like they pull it off. Watch the medley at their show at 40 Watt Club in Athens: