M83, Active Child | Lincoln Hall | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

M83, Active Child Member Picks 18+ Early Warnings (Music) Sold Out (Music) Soundboard Recommended

When: Thu., Nov. 17, 7 & 10 p.m. 2011

With its uncanny ability to conjure anamorphic widescreen sprawl (and frequent hints of underlying narrative), Anthony Gonzalez's music has always deserved the term "cinematic" quite a bit more than other bands that get tagged with it—generally whichever ones dabble in instrumentals. His 2001 debut as M83, alongside former partner Nicolas Fromageau, suggests a kind of intimately dramatic brand of sci-fi that sits somewhere between Cronenberg and Godard. He later veered off into gothy teen melodrama with his fifth studio album, 2008's Saturdays=Youth, and his latest, Hurry Up We're Dreaming (Mute), is definitely more pop record than film score. But after a recent binge on Nicolas Winding Refn movies, I can't help imagining how perfectly the album's airy, electro-touched sound would match up with footage of a handsome man beating the shit out of people. —Miles Raymer Active Child opens.

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