While MGMT's best-known tracks "Kids," "Electric Feel," and "Time To Pretend" feature the undeniable influence of electronic acts such as Depeche Mode, the band is more than just some blokes fiddling around with keyboards and computers. I experienced that first hand last fall when I saw them open for Beck at the Hollywood Bowl. The boys in MGMT can also strap on guitars and rock out with the best of them on trippy country-baked, prog-rock jams. For proof, look no further than this never-before-released exclusive performance of the band's "Weekend Wars" from Oracular Spectacular, which sounds like a cross between classic Rolling Stones, Meat Puppets, and Mercury Rev with a little Yes thrown on top.
While that adventurous tune isn't likely to join "Friday On My Mind," "Friday I'm In Love" or "Working For The Weekend" as an end-of-the-work-week staple, it's a pretty damned good tune, especially in a live setting, and it makes me excited to hear what's next from MGMT. How about you?
Fans lucky enough to snare a ticket to MGMT's July 1 date at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York may get a chance to hear what's next from the band. The bad news is that if you don't already have a ticket, you're out of luck or need to find your friendly ticket reseller, because the show--a benefit for the Celebrate Brooklyn Performing Arts Festival--is already sold out.Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Wilco, and Nine Inch Nails, and relative newcomers like Bon Iver and Jenny Lewis. After a trio of dates in New Zealand, MGMT returns to the States to play All Points West on August 2 at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. On the bill alongside MGMT for that date are Coldplay, Echo & the Bunnymen, the Black Keys, and Silversun Pickups. Sounds like a rocking good time to me. How about you?
- Dave Gahan