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Fairytale of Hurt

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MGMT @ Calvin College
« on: February 27, 2013, 10:10:06 PM »

Monday May 6, 2013 @ Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 



Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday March 8th.  Tickets are $35 and all seats are General Admission in Calvin's Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex.  Tickets may be purchased from the box office located in the Covenant Fine Arts Center, by phone (616-526-6282) or online at www.calvin.edu/boxoffice
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Re: MGMT @ Calvin College
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2013, 08:07:40 PM »

Review: MGMT brings psychedelic-disco space-pop to Calvin College for a sold-out show

LIVE REVIEW

MGMT, Monday, May 6, 2013, Hoogenboom Center at Calvin College

3 stars (out of 4)

Highlight: The psychedelic disco of “Electric Feel” prompted a surge of excitement from the crowed, after the band broke out of a moody, psychedelic meander.

Set Length: 90 minutes

Attendance: 2,200 (sold out)


GRAND RAPIDS, MI – MGMT has cornered the market on psychedelic-disco space-pop jams.
It’s a niche few can fill without sounding contrived, but the five-piece band exhibits its unique sonic blend organically in a live setting. Monday night, in front of a sold-out crowd at Calvin College’s Hoogenboom Center, MGMT showcased its ability to move from dance-pop to moody psych-rock meanders with relative ease. Sometimes, the band sounded like kooky neo-disco, and other times, it sounded like a magic-mushroom party.

That it all works together is the magic of MGMT. Commonalities among songs were driving, repetitive basslines and drums, and the subdued vocals of singer/guitarist Andrew VanWyngarden. Transitions between songs were often filled with drones or keyboard burbles, smoothing the edges; a mostly abstract, kaleidoscopic video projected behind the musicians brought the presentation together thematically as an excursion into low-key weirdness.

Of course, without the audience-friendly grooves of songs such as “Electric Feel” and “The Youth,” the show may have spun itself into its own navel. New song “Alien Days,” from an upcoming record, found the band indulging in goofy 1950s sci-fi spaceship whooshes, and at other points, instrumental passages resembled the music for a 1970s educational filmstrip with psychotropic enhancement.

VanWyngarden addressed the crowd with an upbeat tone that belied the music he and his bandmates create. “It’s cool to play HOO-gen-BOOM,” he joked, imploring the audience to repeat the name of the room back to him, with his syllabic emphasis – funny, because, coming from a guy with the name VanWyngarden, it’s an exercise in Dutch pronunciation.

Sometimes, MGMT stubbornly fought against accessibility – “Mystery Disease” was driven by big, droney chords and chiming keyboards, indulging a dark mood. In contrast, the three-song encore was more engaging and upbeat: “Flash Delerium” was laden with tiny hooks, “Your Life is a Lie” grooved on a mantra-esque vocal and “Congratulations” concluded the 90-minute show with the closest thing the band comes to an anthem.

It’s easy to appreciate MGMT for its odd flourishes and fleeting exercises in immoderation. It’s admirable to try to create art after achieving commercial success with a debut record (2007’s “Oracular Spectacular”). On stage, the music is emphasized over ego, although the presentation might benefit from the occasional grand gesture or vocal – the group is sometimes too comfortable with the anti-vocal performances that plague a lot of indie rock. A little more personality - read: rock 'n' roll volatility - along with the psych presentation might push MGMT from a good live band to a great one.

Email: jserba@mlive.com or follow John Serba on Twitter
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Re: MGMT @ Calvin College
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2013, 08:53:39 PM »

Wow, dude knows his adjectives. That was a very well written review!
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Re: MGMT @ Calvin College
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2013, 09:10:15 PM »

Wow, dude knows his adjectives. That was a very well written review!

I thought so as well...at first, I thought he was just a yes man, but it was a constructive review :)
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