WILLIAMSBURG It’s been years now since the Montreal music scene first become renowned south of the border, but the city is still reliably churning out great artists. One of the flagship Montreal acts, the Dears, will be hitting the Knitting Factory tonight and tomorrow. The Arts & Crafts band has been around for fifteen years already, and are perhaps most notable for their 2003 album No Cities Left, which featured atmospherically lovely rock like 22: The Death of All the Romance. More recently, a crisis of faith led frontman Murray Lightburn to consider a solo album before rededicating himself to the Dears; the resultant album will be played in full both nights of the residency, several months before its release date. For an extra charitable boost, merch proceeds will benefit Montreal City Mission and War Child.