MGMT live in Brooklyn, July 1, 2009


The electronic/disco/pop/rock group MGMT has made a huge splash, earn­ing spots on tours with no less than Paul McCart­ney and Beck. The wild­ly catchy “Time to Pre­tend,” “Elec­tric Feel,” and “Kids” (the lat­ter fea­tur­ing a tru­ly deranged music video) are not out of keep­ing with the rest of their reper­toire in terms of style and instru­men­ta­tion, but the infec­tious hooks do stand apart from the for­get­table rest. At their Cel­e­brate Brook­lyn con­cert in Prospect Park on July 1, they debuted a few new songs set for their forth­com­ing sopho­more album that didn’t imme­di­ate­ly grab me either.

MGMT live in Prospect ParkMGMT live in Prospect Park

For a band called “synth-hip­pies” by Pitch­fork, they all looked rather clean-cut to me (but they evi­dent­ly have a very young and boozy audi­ence — one kid passed out and lit­er­al­ly col­lapsed on our feet only a few songs into the con­cert). Their sound may be very elec­tron­ic and a throw­back to dis­co, but their live instru­men­ta­tion is very rock gui­tar ori­ent­ed. The only excep­tion being “Kids,” for which the band put down their ana­log instru­ments and let the syn­the­siz­ers and sequencers take over, even recre­at­ing a live fade­out.

MGMT live in Prospect ParkMGMT live in Prospect Park

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Buy the MGMT album Orac­u­lar Spec­tac­u­lar from Ama­zon and kick back a few pen­nies to The Dork Report.