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The Show / Hangout Music Fest 2017
« on: November 29, 2016, 06:44:26 PM »


TICKETS ON SALE, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 AT 11AM CST / 12 PM EST
http://hangoutmusicfest.com

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MGMT / Rostrum acquires Cantora's catalog
« on: October 06, 2016, 11:16:54 PM »
http://www.billboard.com/articles/business/7534026/rostrum-acquires-mgmt-bear-hands-francis-the-lights-cantora-catalog

Rostrum Acquires MGMT, Bear Hands, Francis & the Lights Records with Cantora Catalog Purchase: Exclusive

The home to Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller picks up some notable indie recordings.

Rostrum Records, the Los Angles-based, Pittsburgh-borne label best known for breaking Mac Miller and Wiz Khalifa, has announced its acquisition of the Cantora Records catalog, which includes recordings by MGMT, Bear Hands and Francis and the Lights. The deal, Rostrum's first since its founding in 2003, was for an undisclosed sum and gives it ownership rights to Cantora's masters.

"Cantora is a perfect fit for us," Rostrum founder and CEO Benjy Grinberg, 38, tells Billboard. "I love the music that's on the label, it's a reasonable size, and we have the capacity to be able to help."

Cantora was founded in 2005 in New York by Will Griggs, Jesse Israel and Nick Panama, and released its first record that same year -- MGMT's debut EP Time to Pretend. The catalog also includes recordings by Gordon Voidwell, Violens, Zulu Pearl, Savoir Adore, Rumspringa, Emil & Friends and Young Buffalo.

Benjy Grinberg   
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Rostrum Records Partners With Caroline, Announces Three New Signings: Exclusive
"Over the last few years, our business has shifted focus to building entertainment ventures, from immersive live media to startup technologies," Cantora's Panama says in a statement. "It was time to find the right partner to carry on the label roster and continue to provide our artists with resources."

"Because Wiz and Mac were our biggest selling artists, there's always been this perception that we were only a hip-hop label, but we've always been very diverse with alternative, electronic, pop,  music, etc.," says Grinberg. "This deal fits in great with us because we have bands like Donora, TeamMate and Mike Taylor, whose sounds overlap with Cantora and fit well with our catalog."

Rostrum, which now has 13 employees and a roster that also includes The Bird and the Bee, Mod Sun, and Vali, has recently been in expansion mode. It recently opened a recording studio in Hollywood, its home as of two-and-a-half years ago. In August, Rostrum announced a deal with Capitol's indie distribution arm Caroline and three new signings in Taylor, electro-pop trio Bråves and rising West Coast MC Juliann Alexander.


"We're now starting to see the fruits of all our labor," says Grinberg. "Bråves, who we absolutely love, are releasing a new video and song [today, Oct. 6] called "Me the Thief" and an EP coming out a little later; Julian Alexander came out with two new singles [yesterday]; and Mike Taylor's EP comes out later in October. We also have Mod Sun and TeamMate albums coming out soon. There's a lot of stuff coming out that's great and we're really excited about."
These days, however, music may -- understandably -- not be foremost in Grinberg's mind. "I'm in Pittsburgh awaiting the birth of my first child, who's due in a week and a half," he says. "It's exciting times here."

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MGMT / The rumors can stop-we have a fourth album!
« on: July 30, 2016, 08:51:04 AM »

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MGMT / MGMT record tribute to Suicide's Alan Vega
« on: July 18, 2016, 01:04:52 AM »
Suicide and Alan Vega are a great MGMT inspiration.  Today they recorded a tribute of one of Vega's songs following his death:

https://soundcloud.com/watermelonsugar-1/goodbye-darling

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/TEA_TiMzzRI" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/TEA_TiMzzRI</a>

Alan Vega, Suicide Singer and Punk Icon, Dead at 78
"Alan was not only relentlessly creative, writing music and painting until the end, he was also startlingly unique," protopunk pioneer's family writes


By Daniel Kreps

Alan Vega, singer in the influential protopunk duo Suicide, died peacefully in his sleep Saturday. He was 78.
Henry Rollins first reported news of Vega's death, sharing a statement from Vega's family. "With profound sadness and a stillness that only news like this can bring, we regret to inform you that the great artist and creative force, Alan Vega has passed away," Vega's family wrote.

"Alan was not only relentlessly creative, writing music and painting until the end, he was also startlingly unique. Along with Martin Rev, in the early 1970's, they formed the two person avant band known as Suicide. Almost immediately, their incredible and unclassifiable music went against every possible grain. Their confrontational live performances, light-years before Punk Rock, are the stuff of legend. Their first, self-titled album is one of the single most challenging and noteworthy achievements in American music. Alan Vega was the quintessential artist on every imaginable level. His entire life was devoted to outputting what his vision commanded of him."
Vega had previously suffered a stroke in 2012.
Vega and friend Martin Rev formed the duo Suicide in the early Seventies after witnessing a Stooges concert in 1969. One of the early progenitors of "punk," Suicide – named after an issue in the Marvel comic book Ghost Rider – presented the genre in a minimalist, eerie and pioneering form, with Vega's echoing vocals backed by a hypnotic swirl of Rev's pulsing, rudimentary synthesizer and cheap drum machines.
After developing their sound over the course of intense, often confrontational live shows in venues like CBGB and Max's Kansas City, the duo released their influential self-titled debut in 1977. Suicide, one of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, housed the early punk anthems "Ghost Rider," "Cheree," "Che" and the frightening epic "Frankie Teardrop."
There's no shortage of artists inspired by Suicide's first LP, with Bruce Springsteen chief among those who have long championed Vega and Rev. "They had that two-piece synthesizer-voice thing," Springsteen told Rolling Stone in 1984. "They had one of the most amazing songs I ever heard called 'Frankie Teardrop'. That's one of the most amazing records I think I ever heard."
Springsteen borrowed the band's musical style for his Nebraska track "State Trooper," a Suicide sound-alike that fooled even Vega, who thought he recorded it when he first heard it. Suicide's 1979 single "Dream Baby Dream" also became a live staple at Springsteen gigs, with the rocker eventually recording a studio cover for 2014's High Hopes. Springsteen added that "[Suicide] are underground masters," and that "they should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."
Following Suicide and the "Dream Baby Dream" single, Vega and Rev released their second studio album, the Ric Ocasek-produced Suicide: Alan Vega and Martin Rev, in 1980. That year, Vega also issued his first eponymous solo album.
Vega would go on to release three more albums under his own name, 1981's Collision Drive, 1983's Saturn Strip and 1985's Just a Million Dreams – each deviating further away from Suicide's distinctive sound towards a more rockabilly style – before he reunited with Rev for 1988's A Way of Life. The duo would release two more albums, 1992's Why Be Blue and 2002's American Supreme. Over his career, Vega would also collaborate with artists like Ocasek, Ministry's Al Jourgensen, Lydia Lunch, Genesis P-Orridge and Vega's wife Liz Lamere.
In 1994, Vega worked with Big Star's Alex Chilton and singer-songwriter Ben Vaughn for an LP titled Cubist Blues, which was initially released on Henry Rollins' 2.13.61 label in 1996 but reissued in 2015.
Speaking to Rolling Stone in 2015, Vega reminisced about meeting Rollins for the first time. "I said, 'What does this skinhead Nazi want from me?' I thought that's what he was," Vega said. "He comes to the door and he's got a book about John Coltrane and all of a sudden to me, he's a changed man, like a college professor."
Rollins wrote on his site that he would dedicate his Sunday spot on Los Angeles' KCRW to celebrate Vega's work.
Outside of music, Vega also enjoyed a long career as a visual artist. "One of the greatest aspects of Alan Vega was his unflinching adherence to the demands of his art. He only did what he wanted," Vega's family continued in their statement. "Simply put, he lived to create. After decades of constant output, the world seemed to catch up with Alan and he was acknowledged as the groundbreaking creative individual he had been from the very start.
"Alan's life is a lesson of what it is to truly live for art. The work, the incredible amount of time required, the courage to keep seeing it and the strength to bring it forth—this was Alan Vega."

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MGMT / Enter to win tickets to MGMT DJ Set at Bar Standard in Denver
« on: June 21, 2016, 10:13:48 AM »
http://www.westword.com/promotions/free-stuff/enter-to-win-tickets-to-mgmt-dj-set-at-bar-standard-8025477#!

Lipgloss is celebrating 15 years of sharing dance parties in Denver and, to celebrate, MGMT is joining them for an exclusive DJ set!

It's this Friday, June 24.  You can click above to enter to win tickets.

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Music / Simon Doom
« on: April 28, 2016, 07:05:03 AM »
Simon Doom is Simon O'Connor's (Kuroma guitarist, European festival crowd riler during Kids, and all around super nice guy) project that he's been pouring his heart and talent into over the past couple of years.  I got to see him play in Brooklyn last year in a tiny venue and they splattered my brain all over the ceiling! They reminded me so much of an 80's band called Let's Active which was producer extraordinaire Mitch Easter's project.  Anyway, the EP drops tomorrow and you can read hear about all of the MGMT connections and take a listen here.  http://www.imposemagazine.com/bytes/chatter/week-in-pop-young-fathers-yalls-writer-neighbors-purses-plazas-simon-doom-my-favorite



SIMON DOOM


Introduce yourself to NYC new’s pop icon in the making—Simon Doom; an alt-rock Adonis image ripped from the silver screen, and high-throttling through your stereo-speaker. Known as the lead guitarist in Kuroma, who also works in the touring groups for MGMT & Craig Finn; Simon gifted us the following premiere listen to the forthcoming EP Negotiate With The Monkey available April 29 from Axis Mundi Records, engineered by Ayad Al Adhamy (Passion Pit, Team Spirit), and produced by MGMT’s Ben Goldwasser. The result is the sound of what sounds like a mythic group imagined from the celluloid style of cinema filmstar heroes that rocks & rolls with festival ready savoir faire with the sensible ability to emulate historical pop eras by way of osmosis. The result is like little you will be prepared for.

Negotiate With the Monkey begins with the title track that kicks off like the opening credit roll of the best counter culture film not-yet made. All levels of frequencies are tapped into like experiencing a big glamorous arena-style live set by a big fest headliner that commands the stage and crowd like a shepherd lording at the center of the heard’s gaze & attention. Such matters of idolatry & narcissims are further entertained on the quick-wheeling fuzz guitar gauntlet “To Be Admired” that deals head on with that beautiful face reflecting back in the mirror. Then the surf-storming “Roseate” saturates the scene in rose tinted hues of good fortune, guided by the thundering frenetic & frantic shouts & shakes that send everything speeding & sprialling to a head twisting conclusion. Join us after the following listen to Simon Doom’s new Negotiate EP, for an interview with the group’s fearless leader.



Bring us to the very beginning from when you first began your own solo creative ventures.

Well, as the only member of Kuroma who does not double as a touring member of MGMT, I found myself at home, with nothing to do, quite often in 2013-14 when all my dudes were out promoting MGMT’s last record. So I started writing and recording songs.

Originally, they were all songs I was writing for Kuroma, but after I recorded a couple demos, I kind of didn’t want anyone else to sing them. They were pretty personal. I was used to writing songs for other people to sing because I never considered myself a singer… which, I imagine, has something to do with me not being allowed to sing in my first band (Thulsa Doom) because I hadn’t gone through puberty yet.

As the lead guitarist in Kuroma, with members who also play with the touring bands for folks like Craig Finn, MGMT, etc; how in the hell do you all find the balance to focus on Simon Doom?

The key is to be chill and respectful of other people’s schedules. Chill vibes. No overplaying. Beers. Queso. Make sure there are new songs to learn so we don’t get bored… if it’s FUN people will make time for it, ya know?



Take us through what it was like for you in developing all the songs found on the analog tape fizz & fuzz of your heavy EP Negotiate With The Monkey?

Unlike the previous EP, all the tracks on the Negotiate record were recorded and played by me, without the band. I just got a new recording/demoing setup and wanted to try it out, so I quickly busted out very simple versions of the first three Simon Doom songs I wrote (which had yet to be recorded). I sent the tracks to Ayad just to see what he could do with ’em, and what he sent back sounded super full and impressive. He ran every individual track through a tape machine to tone down the digi quality of my initial recordings and really gave each tune character.




Can you elaborate too on how you and all were able to be able to really hone in on that sound working with Ayad Al Adhamy, Tommy Stinson, and as previously mentioned from MGMT, Ben Goldwasser? How did you all even begin to go about finding those sorts of deep frequencies?

Ben was one of the first people who suggested that Simon Doom become a real project after hearing the initial demos. He and I had worked together on the last Kuroma record, so I was really excited to have his help recording the first EP.

Tommy Stinson heard about us through a mutual friend and invited us up to do a semi-live EP recorded in his house in Hudson, NY. We put one of the tunes (“Punk Problems”) on the self-titled EP and the rest will be released later this year. Total dream come true because we are all HUGE Replacements fans.

But, like I said earlier, only Ayad was involved with Negotiate With the Monkey.

What else is good right now in NYC that the world isn’t paying attention to?

I dunno man. It’s hard to discover things before the internet does. I would say my favorite new local band is, Glyph City. They are the real thing. Definitely wanna give props to Collapsing Scenery. That’s an experience. Everyone should go to Frankel’s Delicatessen whenever they can. I do think most of the cool shit is actually going on in Australia.


What’s exciting everyone in the Simon Doom camp right now?

I would say that the number one most exciting thing is the SIMON DOOM ALBUM we are working on. We just finished tracking at Axis Mundi’s studio in Bushwick and everything is feeling great. We got both Ben Goldwasser and Andrew Vanwyngarden helping out with production duties, Ayad is in the mix, so many people coming out to help with this record. It’s really communal and groovy. It’s like the final episode of Seinfeld except, instead of all the characters from past episodes suing us, they are helping us make a great record. Also, it will hopefully be received better by critics and fans alike.

Simon Doom’s Negotiate With The Monkey EP will be available April 29 from Axis Mundi Records.

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MGMT / Time To Pretend on Song Exploder plus contest
« on: January 19, 2016, 12:00:52 PM »
Everything you ever wanted to know about the song that got many of us into MGMT back in the day!    http://songexploder.net/mgmt
"
MGMT was formed by Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden in 2001. The song Time to Pretend was one they wrote early in their career. It first came out on their debut: the Time to Pretend EP in 2005. And three years after that, they put out a new version of the song, on their first full-length album, Oracular Spectactular, which was named album of the year by NME and was one of Rolling Stone’s top 20 albums of the decade. It went on to sell over a million copies worldwide. In this episode, Ben and Andrew trace how the song Time to Pretend was made, from its dorm room origins, to its first recording, to re-envisioning it with Grammy-winning producer Dave Fridmann. They also uncover the hidden sounds and easter eggs within the recording.
MGMT is giving away an exclusive white label pressing of the Time to Pretend EP on vinyl, signed by the band. If you’d like to enter to win the record, all you have to do is share a link to this episode, and tag MGMT and Song Exploder in your post. On Twitter and Instagram, their handle is @whoismgmt, and Song Exploder is just @songexploder.
You can buy “Time to Pretend,” from Oracular Spectacular on iTunes. You can also get the EP version of the song."

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MGMT / Nick Alexander and a message from the fans
« on: November 15, 2015, 01:00:15 PM »

Nick and Polina Buckley

By now you've all read the heartbreaking news that friend of the band, Nick Alexander was one of the victims at Le Bataclan.  Nick worked Merch for MGMT and was doing the same for EODM on Friday night in Paris.  A memorial account has been set up. https://www.gofundme.com/y7aaknp8

A message from the fund's creator Miguel Benavides can be read below...
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Nick Alexander Memorial Fund
About this fund: My initial goal for this find was to benefit my friend in the most direct way that was calling to me. I personally want to help his family. Two things happened: we reached a significant amount quickly, and our extended tour family pointed out a basic rule of the road: we take care of our own, even the ones we don't personally know. Taking this to heart, we are converting this fund to taking care of more than just Nick.
My role: I am in Los Angeles, CA. I started this because, after 24 hours, I noticed that no one else had, and I wanted to do something that felt productive and positive. I have already spoken with an entertainment attorney who many of you know, and we have already spoken to tax counsel about the best way to set up this fund. It's a weekend, so we will get more info on this as the week progresses.
If this isn't the right time for you to make a donation - please know we hear you, we understand.
Today or tonight raise a glass to the memory of Nick Alexander a guy doing a simple job of touring with a band and selling t-shirts going new places and making new friends. Last night, he ended his journey in a small theater in Paris along with many others who's lives were cut short by hate, by misguided religion, by ignorance.
Here is to you my friend may you and the others from this tragic event find peace...


From MGMT's fans:  We are all heartbroken over the loss of Nick.  He and his family along with the others who were at Le Bataclan on Friday are in our thoughts and prayers.  The French fans have always been among MGMT's biggest supporters and no doubt many of their long time fans were in attendance on Friday.  Their lives will be forever changed.  I can report that our dear Coralie was there and is safe.  I hope that others will post and let us know that they are alright. 

Many of us keep in touch, even during this "down time" while the boys are writing.  We were immediately in contact on Friday night.  Of course as soon as we heard "Bataclan," we thought of MGMT and their French fans.  Coralie let us know right away that she had escaped and was safe with her family. We were all brought together by our love of the music and everything for which MGMT stands.    Peace to all of you. --lala and the CKs

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MGMT / Trailer for Land Of The Midnight Sun (Surf movie starring Andrew)
« on: October 28, 2015, 12:25:02 AM »
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/GhZwuQtT238" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/GhZwuQtT238</a>

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MGMT / Record Store Day 11/27/15!!!
« on: October 01, 2015, 01:05:08 PM »
Hey MGMT fans and admirers of the band MGMT!
Yes, it has been a while since you've heard a peep from our "camp," but that's mostly 'cause we just don't really peep a lot when we're camping. Pack out what you pack in, you know? Everything is going and going pretty swell though, and we have some exciting news to share:
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of our first ever official release, Cantora Records will be re-releasing the 2005 MGMT Time To Pretend EP on glow-in-the-dark vinyl for Record Store Day, November 27th!!
That's right! All 6 tracks have been carefully and fancily re-mastered to further enhance and amplify the antiqued crevices of the post-collegiate bright-eyed doe-eyed golden glory that is the 2005 Time To Pretend EP. Hear early versions of some of your fave MegaMT songs:
"Time to pretend"? It's on there, obviously. "Kids"? You betcha. But also prepare for some fun and bizarre MGMT tracks that have never appeared on vinyl *AND MAYBE NEVER WILL.
here's a (mutated) tracklist:
1) Tome to Proton
2) Bogie Dawn
3) Destrickt
4) Uggs Alwiz Retain
5) Intel Rokkers
6) Keds
Please dig out a functioning record album player from your grandfather's garbage pile so you can play this EP!!! See where it takes you!
See where it will Be, here: http://www.recordstoreday.com/Venues
NOW!
Goo pick up the Time To Pretend EP and lots of other goodies from other bands on Record Store Day, November 27!
uggs,
MGMT
*all 6 songs do appear to be on this vinyl release.
actual tracklist: 1) Time To Pretend 2) Boogie Down 3) Destrokk 4) Love Always Remains 5) Indie Rokkers 6) Kids

RECORD STORE DAY - Venues
RECORDSTOREDAY.COM

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MGMT / Ben and Andrew involved in art installation soundtrack
« on: September 11, 2015, 08:56:17 PM »
Jennifer Herrema Enlists Kurt Vile, MGMT, Hot Chip, More For Installation Soundtrack

Artist duo Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe asked Herrema, frontwoman of Black Bananas, to curate the immersive soundtrack

Jennifer Herrema, frontwoman of Black Bananas and formerly of Royal Trux, recently curated a group of artists for an immersive soundtrack to be used in artist duo Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe's new installation at Red Bull Studios in New York-- an interactive installation called "Scenario in the Shade". The installation debuts September 12 and will run through December 6.
"Scenario in the Shade" features a series of rooms that visitors can wander through while enjoying a soundtrack provided by the different artists on Herrema's soundtrack, which features Devendra Banhart, Kurt Vile, Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, Gang Gang Dance's Lizzi Bougatsos, Brian McKinley and Neil Hagerty (her partners from Royal Trux), RTX and the Black Bananas, MGMT's Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden, Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie, OFF!'s Mario Rubalcaba, and others.
The installation was designed to give visitors a glimpse of the youth cultures of San San International, a fictional city that "sits somewhere between San Diego and San Juan".
According to the New York Times, the display includes everything from "a Moroccan-themed, sunken living room fit for a bachelor pad and a Victorian space complete with a player piano and shelves of jars filled with random books and magazine pages" to an exit through "a modified Port-a-Potty" that lands in "the San San International courtroom; it’s situated next to a deli/arcade/performance area" where Herrema and a few of the contributors will play. “The soundtrack is completely integral,” Herrema told the Times. “Basically it will guide through these scenarios that there will be multiple intentions. Because we can make a mix for every day of the week, and you would feel differently about the space.”

http://pitchfork.com/news/61168-jennifer-herrema-enlists-kurt-vile-mgmt-hot-chip-more-for-installation-soundtrack/

Jennifer of course sang backing vocals on Flash Delirium 

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MGMT / Our birthday wishes for Will 2015
« on: July 21, 2015, 01:31:09 PM »
Will, I hope that you have an amazing day with people that you love.
Thanks for being such a sweetheart

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MGMT / Andrew on Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders: The Podcast
« on: May 28, 2015, 02:39:11 AM »
Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders: The Podcast

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/28/cabinet_of_wonders_april_2/

If variety is the spice of life, April’s Cabinet of Wonders, the first Salon.com podcast, is the spiciest yet.

In which the show must and does go on! Imagine, if you will, a world where Southside Johnny, the godfather of the New Jersey Sound, shares a bill with Andrew VanWyngarden, lead singer of MGMT: only in the Cabinet! Andrew sings the MGMT classic “I Love You Too, Death” along with covers of beautiful psych by Les Baroques and the Brazda Brothers, while Southside sings us “Hearts of Stone”, written of course by Bruce Springsteen. The meat in the Southside/MGMT sandwich was another great New Jersey poet, your ex-Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky, with The English UK backing him on “Antique”. The assembled company then join for a celebratory, valedictory rendition of Kevin Ayer’s “Religious Experience.” (WARNING: contains excellent harmonica playing.)

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MGMT / MGMT Laser shows at Carnegie Science Center
« on: May 12, 2015, 06:22:39 PM »
If you're in the Pittsburg area, you can check out the MGMT laser show at the Carnegie Science Center! 

This Grammy award-winning duo has played with world-class artists such as Radiohead, The Flaming Lips, Beck, and Paul McCartney. Now, Laser MGMT comes to the Buhl Planetarium dome in dazzling laser light. The show features a selection of songs from each of their albums and explores the depths of their imagery.

The shows are currently scheduled daily now through September 5

http://www.carnegiesciencecenter.org/calendar/event-details/?eventID=2628

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MGMT / Our birthday wishes for Matt 2015
« on: March 10, 2015, 12:55:53 PM »
Matt we love you so much!  This is totally my fault.  I've been really, really ill and I dropped the ball.  We all adore you and wish you the happiest birthday surrounded by all of the people who make you smile!!


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