MGMT Electrifies Big Sur
August 11, 2011
Fresh off the high of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' intimate show a couple weeks back at the Henry Miller Library, MGMT reignited that flame on Thursday night with more than two hours of organized, psychedelic electro-craziness...along with a plethora of young teeny-boppers texting, Tweeting and Facebooking under the dark sky.
"You're so close," noted Andrew VanWyngarden as he gazed into a crowd of about 300, an understandably strange sight for a band that usually plays for thousands.
Through a cacophony of lights, video, fog machine, sound effects and jammy Phish interludes, VanWyngarden, his partner Benjamin Goldwasser and a spectacular backing band, plowed through most of its hits from both of its albums including "The Youth," "Electric Feel" and "Time to Pretend."
For me, the best moment of the show came during the 12-minute ethereal jam, "Siberian Breaks." The tune—which sounds like several mashed into one monster trip—never seems to get old. Another standout was the cover of England's Glory's "Broken Arrows."
On Friday, MGMT will be back to playing for thousands at the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco.