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MGMT on a bullet train to superstardom
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

MGMT
Monday, April 21 - 9 PM
Chop Suey
SOLD OUT


You can't be any hotter than MGMT right now. Just can't. The Brooklyn-based duo is on fire, selling out their upcoming Chop Suey appearance weeks in advance and already confirmed for the massive Pemberton Festival in July. Andrew Vanwyngarden and Ben Goldwasser met at Wesleyan University in 2002, completing their education while meshing their love for music and fascination for all things sinful - they're definitely not shy, as their lyrics point out, to the curiosity of drugs and sex. After an EP, minor tours and relocating to New York, MGMT focused on making a full-length recording. In January, Oracular Spectacular was released to music stores and the buzz has been through the roof since. Their trippy fusion of psychedelic keyboards and fuzzy guitars has been well received by critics and fans alike. Rolling Stone named MGMT one of "10 Artists to Watch" in 2008, and I second that wholeheartedly.

The first single from this boyish looking pair is "Time to Pretend," and I was immediately sucked into the song's teasing lyrics implicating simply that boys will indeed be boys. "I'll move to Paris / shoot some heroin / and fuck with the stars" is the third verse of the tune, and the chorus goes something like this: "The models will have children / we'll get a divorce / we'll find some more models / everything must run its course." MGMT is my kind of band - fuck around, experiment with the unknown, get hammered, and make fun a priority in your life rather than a haphazard occurrence. The second thing attracting me to MGMT was the twosome's bare-chested, hallucinating video for "Time to Pretend." I just can't keep my eyes off them.

Monday night at Chop Suey is going to be an all-out riot. MGMT is said to be a wild onstage performer, so make room for the totally unpredictable. As mentioned, this show is completely sold out - your best bet at getting in the door on Monday is a prayer. Expect Vanwyngarden and Goldwasser to be joined by three touring group members. MGMT will return to the Seattle area this summer for a radio event sponsored by 107.7 The End. In the meantime, check them out at www.myspace.com/mgmt. Let's love them together.

Artist essentials: Begin your MGMT experience by watching their shirtless video for "Time to Pretend" on YouTube.

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