MGMT, Kuroma | Aragon Ballroom | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

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When: Tue., Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m. 2013

MGMT is one of the odder success stories in recent pop-music history. In the mid-aughts two Wesleyan grads, Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden, were making electro-pop that mingled the arena-size sonics of the rave revival with the Flaming Lips’ lysergically skewed pop aesthetic; it sounded like the type of niche thing that wouldn’t travel far beyond Brooklyn, but thanks to the burgeoning EDM movement and the duo’s talents for infusing large-scale pop hooks with a sweetly sad intimacy, they became global superstars, especially amongst MDMA-loving, body-painted college kids. They broke out with Oracular Spectacular in 2007, but on the two full-lengths they’ve released since then, 2010’s Congratulations and a new self-titled album (all three are on Columbia), Goldwasser and VanWyngarden have left behind synthesizer anthems for quirky explorations of vintage psychedelia and modern experimental electronic music, bringing along a surprising number of the fans who came to the band through “Kids.” —Miles Raymer Kuroma opens.

Price: $35

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