Friday, 26 April 2013 09:59

Indie Rock Best Bet: MGMT

Written by  Emma Kat Richardson
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MGMT
Calvin College, Grand Rapids
May 6, 8 p.m.
$35
calvin.edu/boxoffice/tickets, (616)526-6282

If psychedelic rock began and ended with the '60s, don't tell the members of MGMT. As one of America's favorite breakout bands of the last few years, the band has been managing (get it? Because MGMT means manage... never mind) to carry on the flag of neo-psychedelia well into the 21st century. Its success is so spectacular that even now, just reading the band's name in print, immediately stirs the darkly toned opening chords of "Time to Pretend" in my head. It's hard to imagine a more fitting group to inherit the crown of introspective mood rock, and indeed, MGMT wears it proudly. But while we haven't heard much in the way of recordings from the group recently, a new album release is tentatively planned for June; and in the meantime, there's always the live shows to tide you over. And what a way to be sated until the summertime. Reported by Emma Kat Richardson

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