Hello Everybody…this looks like my first and last confession for this 2013 season. here are a few pics from Mgmt. they are an amazing band from ny. check them out. I want to wish Justin and everyone here a HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON and that next year we all get to rock out ever more than this. Peace.
Fun Fun Fun Fest comes back strong this year. Bands like Television (!), MGMT, and Both Black Flag and FLAG are just the tip of the iceberg hitting Auditorium Shores this November 8-10th in Austin, TX. Other notables include Kurt Vile,Thurston Moore’s Chelsea Light Moving, The Dismemberment Plan, Death Grips , Kathleen Hanna’s the Julie Ruin,Johnny Marr, Snoop Dogg, Slayer,Lupe Fiasco, and many many more.
This year’s festival plans on featuring expanded comedy and action sports sections, which they’ll tell us about on August 3 at the FFF Aqua Olympics in Austin. Tickets on sale Wednesday Morning, there’s some festival video things you could check out below, and please head over to the Fun Fun Fun Fest Official Website by clicking here for the full lineup, tickets and all that jazz. Now excuse me as I go listen to Marquee Moon and cry that this festival isn’t in my hometown.
MGMT played a sold-out show in Spokane on Tuesday, May 14, and thenaturalstoner and I were there (shaky cell phone camera and all) to brave a sea of skinny jeans and listen to some jams by the Grammy nominated band.
Prior to this show, the only MGMT songs I was familiar with were Time to Pretend and Kids (go ahead and roll your eyes). Not that I disliked the band, they just never made it on my musical radar.
Sometimes being unfamiliar with a band’s music turns out to be a good thing. I was able to experience this show with no preconceived bias for or against MGMT. Hearing a song like Electric Feel for the first time in an intimate venue, like The Knitting Factory, is quite the trip. Everybody (including myself) was clapping, dancing and generally having a great time.
As a whole, MGMT delivered a different experience than I anticipated. They played more mellow jams than I was expecting, paired with psychedelic imagery projected on the video screen behind them…a few songs had a Pink Floyd-esque feel to them.
So, if you’re a fan of MGMT, I definitely recommend catching one of their shows the next time they are around. And if you’re on the fence about it, I’d encourage you to check them out. You might be surprised by how much you enjoy the show.
MGMT are hitting the road this spring in the US and some dates in Canada leading up to the release of their next record, right now said to be due out in June. Hopefully, no truth to the rumors that this new record was influenced by “house” music. All the dates are below, check out if they’re coming to your town.
MGMT Spring Tour Dates 2013
04-26 University Park, PA // Penn State
04-28 Geneseo, NY // SUNY Geneseo
04-30 Portland, ME // State Theatre
05-01 Providence, RI // Lupo’s
05-04 Cleveland, OH // Masonic Auditorium
05-06 Grand Rapids, MI // Hoogenboom Center @ Calvin College
05-08 Winnipeg, Manitoba // Burton Cummings Theatre
05-09 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan // The Odean Events Centre
05-10 Calgary, Alberta // MacEwan Hall
05-11 Edmonton, Alberta // The Starlite Room
05-13 Vancouver, British Columbia // Commodore Ballroom
05-14 Spokane, WA // Knitting Factory
05-15 Seattle, WA // Sodo
05-16 Portland, OR // Crystal Ballroom
05-18 Stanford, CA // Frost Amphitheater
06-23 Dover, DE // Firefly Music Festival
06-28-29 Kansas City, KS // Kanrocksas
07-13 Cincinnati, OH // Bunbury Music Festival
After a successful first year in 2012, Firefly Music Festival will return to Delaware this June.
Highlights of the 2013 lineup include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and many more. You can check more of the notables below, as well as the the complete lineup in the video under that.
Note: This story was part of our April Fool’s 2012 News Blast Spectacular. It is not to be confused with truth. We hope you enjoy Oh and Go Giants!
According to the guy who pushes the coffee cart around the Faux Sports offices, the San Francisco Giants are prepared to announce that two time Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum has been traded to the rock band MGMT. In return, the Giants are set to receive cash considerations and bassist Matt Asti. We called Lincecum’s Grandmothers neighbor who had the following information to share.
“Oh yeah Timmy is super excited to be heading to MGMT. You know he loves the band, heck Electric Feel has been his warm up music as long as I can remember. One must assume the drug testing program in MGMT isn’t as strict as MLB and his hair will look great under the stage lights.”
With MGMT performing tonight at Lollapalooza in Santiago, Chile, it is rumored that Lincecum’s first gig with the band will be on Tuesday at the Quilmes Rock Festival in Buenos Aires Argentina. The Giants plans for Asti are still unknown.
Over the past few years, I have come home to the Bay Area on Outside Lands weekend. Yet instead of watching historic performances by the likes of Pearl Jam, Widespread Panic and Ween I have watched friends get married. With no nuptials planned for 2011 I purchased my three day pass the second they went on sale.
My friends and I hit the park Friday afternoon as New York based Phantogram were performing on the Sutro stage. Most of their set was spent waiting in line for an alcohol ID and then of course for the first of many $9 beers. With a large crowd gathered, I enjoyed what I heard of the duo (who performed as a trio live) and confirmed that I indeed need to dig deeper into the group. Highlight for me was walking up just in time to record the one jam I actually know from the group – “Mouthful of Diamonds.”
The Original Meters
Having caught The Funky Meters around the Bay a few times in the late 90’s, I knew that my proper Outside Lands 2011 kick off would be the main stage performance from The Meters. The set started out great with a tight run through “Fire On The Bayou.” Yet it was during “Struttin’” that the entire performance fell apart. The amplifier of guitarist Leo Nocentelli died and for at least 15 minutes various tech heads did everything they could to get it back up and running. With a festival running on a tight schedule, the remaining three members of the group jammed while joking with the crowd. Sadly by the time the problem was fixed many in the crowd had moved onto other stages. I did enjoy what little of the set was left, but talk about a tough break for some true living legends that deserve much better.
Foster The People
It was perfect. I was able to hear the rock radio summer jam of 2011 “Pumped Up Kicks” from a porta-potty. Let’s be honest here folks (and if time proves me wrong, then feel free to mock me) but I get the feeling this jam is a lot like “Sex and Candy” by Marcy’s Playground or “Handlebars” by Flobots. Here today, gone tomorrow and a perfect soundtrack when pissing into a plastic urinal while surrounded by other people’s excrement.
I have no doubt in my mind that 9 out of 10 individuals who packed the Polo Fields for MGMT’s set will tell you that the band sucked. I am not one of those individuals because not only did the groups second record Congratulations make my top 10 list last year, I understand that this band has blown up before they had time to mature as a band. Opening with “Flash Delirium” the set was heavy on the more challenging material from Congratulations. While I feel the band works better in a smaller venue, jams like “It’s Working” and “Siberian Breaks” still managed to get me moving. Where fans in every city get down to “Electric Feel” one can’t deny that it feels a bit more special here in San Francisco as our two time Cy Young Award winner (and not to mention World Fuckin’ Champ) Tim Lincecum warms up to this song. Looking across the Polo Field (and really anywhere at Outside Lands) you can’t escape the sea of Black and Orange gear which is a bittersweet feeling for a lifelong Giants fan who has defended his team for a decade now at Dodgers Stadium, but I digress.
While I have never heard of the band England’s Glory, MGMT does a mighty damn good job rocking their song “Broken Arrows.” With some slight jamming at the end of the song, it was the perfect treat for those who gathered at the main stage all day in hopes to secure a sweet spot for Phish. Perhaps the best part of MGMT’s set was the fact they didn’t play “Kids.” Yes I know this upset the masses, but the song simply would not have fit in with the overall mood of the set. I’d rather see a band try to make a solid cohesive statement with their slot versus making the crowd happy by simply going through the motions and playing the hits.
I can’t think of a more perfect way to end my west coast Phish run then a Friday night in Golden Gate Park. The day was already off to a good start when despite no “lot scene” I managed to find my “I’m Just a Little Phreaked Out” SF Giants/Phish West Coast Lot shirt (thanks James) a few hours before the boys hit the stage. I once again ended up Page Side Rage Side (4 for 4 in 2011) and was shocked when the band hit the stage at 6:30pm sharp with the opening “Kill Devil Falls.”
While it may have been advertised as two sets, I knew going into this one that Phish would have to walk the fine line of appeasing phans while creating an enjoyable set for noobs, hipsters and those who wandered over to the main stage after Big Boi failed to perform his set. From rockers like “Wilson” to covers like Frank Zappa’s “Peaches en Regalia” it was clear Phish was walking the line perfectly. For the hardcore phans, while the band didn’t break out anything too crazy, you can’t really complain when “Mound” “Tweezer” “Suzy Greenberg” and “Mike’s Song>I Am Hydrogen>Weekapaug Groove” all find their way into the first set. Oh, and for those who have seen multiple shows, when was the last time you saw drummer Jon Fishman rock a hoodie under his Muumuu?
Set II kicked off with a balls to the wall “Rock and Roll.” While it never reached the madness that was the Gorge version this one was solid from start to stop. With thick fog choking Golden Gate Park all day, the third ever performance of “Steam” added a lot more fluffiness to the marine layer. Having just heard the band cover “Roses Are Free” by Ween for the first time a week ago at the Gorge, I was beyond pumped to hear this one again (as was my non Phish loving friend James). Speaking of covers, I got my first take on the recently dusted off David Bowie gem “Life on Mars?” Keyboardist/vocalist Page McConnell sounded great leading the charge into one of the more serious sections of the night.
With the crowd now in their pocket, the second set closed with “Birds of a Feather>Fluffhead>Backwards Down The Number Line>Also Sprach Zarathustra>Chalkdust Torture.” “Fluffhead” was technically perfect impressing all walks of music fans and for the new folks, once they realized they were hearing the theme from 2001 – well let’s just say many were converted in that moment. While a “Chalkdust Torture” closer may bring tears to the eyes of old school phans, it was the perfect way to wrap the second set. One would have thought Guitarist/lead vocalist Trey Anastasio was performing in a band like Mastodon or At The Drive-In he was rocking so hard on stage. With a massive crowd spread across the Polo Fields, it was a great exclamation point on a successful night.
With a strict curfew of 10pm, the band came out with just enough time to tear through an encore of “Cavern>Tweezer Reprise.” Knowing that the over-the-head clapping of “Mound” and jumping during “Fluffhead” had already brought smiles to the face of both old and brand new Phish phans; the little leg kick that Anastasio and bassist Mike Gordon perform during “Cavern” was lovingly imitated by some hipster gals in Native American head dresses next to us. With such a huge PA, I am pretty sure the bass bombs from Gordon during “Tweezer Reprise” tipped over at least ½ of the porta-potties (good thing I used it during Foster the People eh).
While I was sad that my mini Phish run was now over, I was at least excited that my friends who did not enjoy some of the Shoreline shows I dragged them to back in the day enjoyed the show. Phish managed to please long time phans and make some new ones in the process. Now, I sit and wait for the band to once again return to the West Coast in 2012 for more face melting action.
Arcade Fire, Muse & Phish Top 2011 Outside Lands Lineup
Returning for its fourth year, Outside Lands is set to rock San Francisco for three glorious days in August. Headlined by Concert Confessions favorites Muse, Arcade Fire and Phish, the initial lineup also includes such beloved artists as The Black Keys, MGMT and STS9.
Check out the full lineup below, as well as a sweet YouTube trailer put together by the festival. For all other information, including ticket details – check out the festivals official page here.
MUSE * PHISH (2 sets) * ARCADE FIRE
The BLACK KEYS * DEADMAU5 *THE SHINS* MGMT * GIRL TALK
The DECEMBERISTS * JOHN FOGERTY * ERYKAH BADU
The ORIGINAL METERS * BEIRUT * The ROOTS
ARCTIC MONKEYS * BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE
STS9 * WARREN HAYNES BAND * BIG BOI
MAJOR LAZER * LITTLE DRAGON * JULIETA VENEGAS
SIA * OK GO * THE GREYBOY ALLSTARS
JOSH RITTER & THE ROYA CITY BAND * OLD 97s
MAVIS STAPLES * !!! * LATYRX * BEST COAST
COLLIE BUDDZ * PHANTOGRAM * CHARLES BRADLEY
FOSTER THE PEOPLE * LOTUS * STRFKR * JUNIP
PAJAMA PARTY * THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS
THE VACCINES * TORO Y MOI * VETIVER
THE LIMOUSINES * THE STONE FOXES
THE JOY FORMIDABLE * MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS
WYE OAK * ANA TIJOUX * ORGONE * LORD HURON * TAMARYN
GROUPLOVE * THE FRESH & ONLYS * XIMENA SARINANA
TY SEGALL * SUNBIRDS * NICKI BLUHM & THE GRAMBLERS
DIEGO’S UMBRELLA * GHOST ROBOT
MGMT are kicking the New Year off by offering fans a free live download. Recorded back in October at MoogFest in Asheville, NC, the mini-EP features three songs from the bands massively underappreciatedCongratulations as well as a cover of the Cleaners of Venus song “Only a Shadow.”
Along with the free download, there is a nifty cartoon picture of MGMT and a lengthy paragraph by Sean Moeller that manages to both defend and blow smoke up the bands collective backside.
Fresh off a tour of Europe and an appearance at the Cypress Hill SmokeOut, MGMT stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to promote their latest release “Congratulations.” Check out the bands performance (at least what aired) below.
As a 31 year old man with no kids (at least that I am aware of), I would have never heard of Yo Gabba Gabba! had it not been for our wonderful webmaster. His mini-me is a huge fan of the Nick Jr. program and upon a visit to their estate on the central coast the two of them managed to get me hooked.
When it comes to MGMT, I am not sure if our webmaster and his mini-me are fans, but we sure do love them here at Concert Confessions. So you can imagine our excitement when we heard through the grapevine that DJ Lance Rock and a few other Yo Gabba Gabba! pals joined MGMT on stage in New York during their hit Kids. Check out the “collaboration” from Radio City Music Hall below (YGG! joins in on the fun around the 2:43 mark).
You know a song is rocking when it is stuck in your head after the first listen. That was me a few summer’s back with “Time To Pretend” by MGMT. Walking the halls at work trying not to mention shooting heroin in Paris as I walked past million dollar execs, I just knew there was something about this Brooklyn based duo. I went to Target, bought Oracular Spectacular and fell in love instantly. The album that was so good Phish named a campground after it at Festival 8; I had finally found the two headed love child of Ween and The Flaming Lips. By this point, you don’t need me to tell you that the bands follow up Congratulations is a giant middle finger to mainstream rock and it’s legion of simple minded fans. For someone like myself (music snob, 31 years aged, addicted to Del Taco and possessing way better music taste than you) the latest and greatest album by Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden is a breath of fresh air more fit for Bonnaroo than KROQ. So on a hot and sticky night in Griffth Park (aka Hipsterwood adjacent) I headed to the Greek Theatre to see for myself what the live MGMT experience was all about.
It would be easy for me to chastise the crowd off the bat. From the kids not old enough to operate a motor vehicle and your typical I <3 Silver Lake yet live in Whittier hipster fucks with lame headbands, neon clothing and those god awful Zeus meets Pocahontas sandals that for some reason are all the rage (breath, run on but I don’t care) the crowd was full of people I look down upon. Instead we are going to rip the nights first band Helios Creed to shreds. What can I say, he was so bad, I wanted to listen to Creed. I must assume that Helios would tell you it’s experimental music, but from what I could gather he is just some d-bag with stolen riffs and a lot of guitar pedals. One song was most of “Nervous Breakdown” by Black Flag, another was a combo of Joy Division, Pink Floyd and Primus on their worst days. At least “Lactating Purple” was short. Even if there was a somewhat decent song in there, it was drown out by far too many effects. Chorus, echo, delay, loops – all at the same time, all sounding like a bunny pooping Chiclets chewing gum into a rusty tin can. It was so bad, I started to wonder if MGMT had intentionally brought bad bands on the road with them as a further effort to be difficult. By dumb luck, I taped Helios last song – an 9+ minute epic called “I Am The Jaw.” You’re in luck folks, because this was the best thing he did all night.
Having already established that I am a music snob and better than you, I would like to brag for just a moment. In 2002, I saw a lil band called Maroon 5 open for O.A.R. While a few locals crashed the gig and rooted their boys on, no one had heard Maroon 5 at this point. At first I was uncomfortable, it was so poppy, and pretty and not me at all. Yet by the end of the set I was hooked and knew the band would one day become massive superstars. Watching Francis and the Lights as main support for MGMT, I had the same exact feelings as I did with my first Maroon 5 show.
The sound is familiar. That pale 80’s English white boy who wishes he was a black Motown artist but got stuck fronting a new wave band. The type of backing band who hit every local show on The Police reunion tour, the guys who still find it funny to Rick-Roll your buddies, yet can f’n play their asses off. I have looked all over the net for the guitar players name (if you know it, please leave as a comment) Guitarist Jake Rabinbach (Thanks Peanut) is the driving force that makes the whole thing work. Great tones and riffs that make you feel as if you are at the big dance at the end of an 80’s teen flick. And the bands vocalist, Francis? Wow, where do we start? Part Adam Ant, part the non-dickwad side of Adam Lambert – this guy is an already larger than life frontman. It will be amazing to see how great he becomes with some fame and adoring fans flocking to shows. His voice is strong – falsetto but very reminicent of white Michael Jackson. He has killer dance moves, and great stage command. Their set was the type of set where each song gets a little bit better and by the end you are pissed that they are giving up the stage to the headliner. When Francis comes back to the Greek a few summers from now as the headliners, make sure you pay this review a visit and admit that I told you so.
Before MGMT had a chance to take the stage, I could feel the war brewing inside the sweaty, sold out venue. On one side of the battles lines was the sold out crowd. Merch lines were longer than beer lines, seat locations were bragging rights/sophmore year status points based on whose Daddy had the better corporate hook ups, and I won’t even mentioned the brace faced gal who called her boyfriend to tell him she would imagine bouncing up and down on his boner when the band played “Kids.” On the other side was MGMT – a band who is fighting for control of their artistic integrity, a band who can not and will not be labeled looking to challenge their massive 21 and under fan base. I for one want to be challenged, and found myself deep in enemy territory when the house lights went down and the band took the stage.
Sitting stage right/middle venue, the group kicked things off with the mellow Congratulations track “I Found A Whistle.” This gave the crowd the perfect chance to continue their conversations over the beautiful song that sounds a lot like The Beach Boys had they been raised in the United Kingdom. The show seemed to be designed to slowly grow in energy song by song “Weekend Wars” “The Youth” and “Flash Delirium” all built upon each other and flowed nicely into the first major victory for the crowd.
“Electric Feel” the second single from Oracular Spectacular (not to mention fave of San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum) was the first time all night the entire venue removed their backsides from the orange stadium seating For the first time in a long time, I cursed the camera in my hands, wanting to move, yet having to keep still in order to avoid those nasty thumbs downs on YouTube. Once “Electric Feel” wrapped, the band unfortunately lost most of the crowd. With the band now warmed up and ready to kick some backside“The Handshake” in my opinion was the musical highlight of the night. Even with the song rocking far harder than on record, with most back down in their seats, it was clear the crowd was only there for the hits.. Psychedelic pop 60’s surf rock-esque songs “It’s Working” & “Song for Dan Treacy” while great failed to connect with the distractable teen angst. “It’s Working” was clearly a bathroom/beer/cell phone break for many. Bored and in line for beer the band managed to sneak a quick victory over the crowd.
“Time To Pretend” satisfied the souls of everyone but me. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE this song – but it needed to rock harder. It really felt as if the band held back. Intentional perhaps, while most freaked out, I just wanted it to pound me harder and faster. Did I just say that? You know what I mean.
At the conclusion of the bands breakthrough hit – the crowd was lost and bored yet again. I didn’t want to sit back down for the epic “Siberian Breaks” but I also did not want to be the one asshole who stands in an entire section of people plopped down upon their asses. At well over 10 minutes, most of the crowd was bored before the first verse. With the band performing the massive monster flawlessly – I only grew more impressed with the band. One of my personal MGMT favorite soon followed in form of an ode to a living legend. I get that major record labels are dead and in their final days they often collectively have their heads up their asses. How the hell the “fine” folks at Colombia Records didn’t release “Brian Eno” as the lead single is beyond me. Upon my first listen of a “pre-release leak” this was the song stuck in my head and in fine fashion the band nailed it on that hot muggy night at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.
With multiple mentions that the band was performing their last song, the venue went bonkers for the massive hit “Kids.” What I found interesting is that the band doesn’t really play the song at all. While too far back to tell if the band was lip-syncing no actual instruments are played during the set. Instead, Goldwasser & VanWyngarden bounce up and down free of their respective keys and guitars and just act goofy. Perhaps their way of not playing “the hit” or maybe just how they have always intended to give the crowd their money-worth; for most it was the highlight of the night. As fans began to exit the award winning venue at the conclusion, I held out hope for a few more.
After a slight train wreck to start, the band played a spot-on version of the complex number “Of Moons, Birds & Monsters.” For those who remained inside the venue, the band closed with the soft and lush title track “Congratulations.” In a way the song took on a second meaning. Sure kids chatted when not vomiting on each other. Yes hipsters smoked dirt weed and acted cool vs. being cool. But in the end, MGMT won the war. They sold 8,500 tickets in Los Angeles on a Friday night. They spread out their hits in between complicated new material. They knew when to challenge and when to please. Most important, their young fan base bought merch, boogied to the sounds of their youth and ran home to tell all their friends. While for some it may have just been a chance to be tagged in the prom princesses Facebook photo the summer between Junior and Senior year – for many it was a gateway drug. A gateway drug to Meat Puppets, Flaming Lips, Butthole Surfers and Ween. I’ve known for years that “Pepper” and “She Don’t Use Jelly” paved the way for “Time To Pretend” and “Kids.” Where will MGMT go next, I can’t tell you. Perhaps they will never sell 8,500 tickets again, but for those willing to listen, the ticket has been punched and a new generation of intelligent music fans has been born.
So while concertconfessions mastermind/general pop off and wannabe cult leader Reverend Justito! didn’t make it out to Coachella, my co-worker Christina did. She was kind enough to let me share some of her photos here. We hope you enjoy.