Wednesday, July 3 @ Harley-Davidson Roadhouse, 10 p.m.
Jun. 12, 2013
Credit MGMT for this: They had no reservations about flushing away a potentially huge career. After their 2008 debut Oracular Spectacular proved a hit on the strength of three happy, squiggly, heavily licensed tunes—“Time to Pretend,” “Electric Feel” and the inescapable “Kids”—the group left perky synth-pop behind on their weird, difficult and not especially good sophomore album Congratulations. MGMT either had no idea how to recreate the smiles of their debut album or they went out of their way to alienate the listeners their hits earned them, but either way the record pruned what had been shaping up to be a massive fan base. Regardless, the band seems content with their lower profile. “We’re not trying to make music that everyone understands the first time they hear it,” keyboardist/singer Ben Goldwasser told Rolling Stone, promising that the group’s upcoming, self-titled third album will be even trippier and more uncompromising than Congratulations.