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The Daily Aztec


Monday, August 30, 2010

Unique duo MGMT rocks SDSU in live show SARAH GRIECO MANAGING EDITOR

On a cool summer evening last month at the Open Air Theatre, throngs of 14-year-old girls gathered to cheer on the popular electronic pop duo MGMT. At first, the picturesque arena had barely any audience members, but as the night progressed, the stadium filled near capacity as more than 4,000 fans cheered for their beloved experimental rock band.

...the band played with a youthful exuberance, unashamed of the new album’s letdown.

David Olender / Photo Editor

MGMT’s Andrew VanWyngarden wowed a full house at SDSU’s Open Air Theatre this summer. The name stands for “management.”

Famous for the popular song “Time to Pretend,” featured in multiple film soundtracks, MGMT’s original members Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden showed San Diego residents what it’s like to be young, famous and bizarrely talented. Since their rise to popularity, it seems as though Goldwasser and VanWyngarden have added to their company. There were multiple percussionists on stage complementing the two awkward college dropouts, who originally rose

to fame after playing funky tunes in their college residence hall. Now that they are incredibly famous, they are constantly accompanied by a legion of bearded hipsters and high school girls, giving every teenage boy the inspiration that they, too, can become famous if they learn how to master Mac’s GarageBand. MGMT played a handful of songs from its popular album “Oracular Spectacular,” pleasing the mainly younger audience who screeched along to every word and tweeted feverishly about VanWyngarden’s good looks. The show mainly consisted of songs from the band’s new album “Congratulations,” which has been widely criticized for being meeker than the first CD. Despite the condemnation, the band played with a youthful exuberance, unashamed of the new album’s letdown. Finally, at the end of the show, the speakers blared those unforgettable notes of the popular song “Kids.” The twosome sang together without much help from its entourage, giving the audience a taste of what it was like before the fame. Once the show ended, those who live near campus needed only to stumble a few blocks home, as the Open Air Theatre is conveniently located within the SDSU grounds. For more information on MGMT, visit its website at

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