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Video: M83 – Reunion

The kids from M83‘s Midnight City video are back. And this time they’re running for their lives. I can’t help but think the little guy bears an uncanny resemblance to the child version of Anthony Gonzalez.

A word from Mute on the release:

Directed by Fleur & Manu and Produced by DIVISION,  “Reunion” is part two of the story that commenced with “Midnight City.” Together, these two tracks are the soundtrack for a pack of gifted kids with telekinetic powers who escape from an institution and run wild through a desolate cityscape. In the first video we witness their liberation, with “Reunion” we experience their defiance.

The Reunion EP is out now w/ remixes from The Naked and Famous, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Mylo and more. Check it out!

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Rarity In Form: Top 5 Concerts of 2011

M83, Live, Black Cat DCWow. What a year this has been for live music. I’ve seen so many incredible shows throughout DC, Northern VA and Richmond. It’s not going to be an easy task getting this down to five. Just to give you an idea of how great this year was, Mumford & Sons, Fleet Foxes, Iron & Wine, among other great shows, didn’t make the cut. There have been a fair share of “damn, can’t believed I didn’t get tickets” and “shit, I missed them?” moments throughout the year. I only wish I could have seen every concert.

I have never rated anything like this before, so I don’t really know what I’m doing here. Just go with it, I guess. I’m such an amateur that I couldn’t narrow this thing down to my top five. So you get a bonus and we start at…

6.  The Black Keys @ Merriweather Post / Free Fest

The Black Keys were the sole reason I trekked to the shitty state of Maryland and the techno vomit that was Free Fest. Don’t get me wrong, there were a lot of great bands there (Cut Copy, Okkervil River, Two Door Cinema Club) but it seemed like all everybody wanted to see were the “press play-button” artists. I was there for the Keys. And man, did they deliver. It doesn’t matter where you are, the energy oozing from The Black Keys is enough to impregnate all within earshot. Closing with I Got Mine was one of the musical highlights of my life.

5.  Foals w/ The Naked And Famous @ 9:30 Club

I’m going to call #5 the upset of the year. I bought the tickets on a whim and went in with zero expectations. The Naked And Famous played the part of primer to perfection. Everyone was juiced, jazzed and ready to go by the time Foals came on. Unfortunately that wasn’t enough because I was very quickly gaping at the spectacle unfolding before me on 9:30 Club’s historic stage. Yannis Philippakis tore the rafters from the ceiling while leading a stage-diving, microphone-coptering, speaker-climbing all out rage. Once I finally got my mouth off the floor, I realized I was right in the middle of one hell of a show.

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M83 on Jimmy Fallon

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Ahh yess! The goosebumps. This takes me back to the Black Cat and M83’s US opener. Check out M83 on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Still can’t believe I was fortunate enough to see these gives live. Life long fan.

Concert Review + Photos: M83 @ Black Cat

M83, Live, Black Cat DC

Holy shitmazingepic! {{Early Show Review}} Formulating coherent thoughts into a review is going to be near impossible for this show. M83 pure killed it at Black Cat. You must see these guys live, it will change your life. The entire show was a blur of lights, reverb rhythm, and infectious sound. Without a setlist for reference, I would not have be able to discern one song from the next. Halfway through the show I was in a near ethereal state. Thank you M83!

Intro and Midnight City led off the show. Never before have I experienced such an adrenaline spike at the beginning of a concert. Midnight City was every bit as good live, and them some. The sold out crowd was completely caught off guard hearing that song so early on… just got the chills reminiscing. Morgan Kibby was incredible throughout the night and never more so while belting out lyrics for Intro. Without her, M83 is a much lesser band. I was a little worried that they peaked too early but those thoughts were quickly and emphatically extinguished.

M83 brought back the classics with Kim & Jessie followed closely by We Own The Sky. The latter was definitely a highlight of the main set. Everyone jumping, dancing, swaying…it was special. Gonzalez chose to close out the night with one of the most popular songs off Saturdays = Youth, Couleurs. And what a perfect way to end it all; the crowd was completely hypnotized and electrified by the instrumental fueled jam session.

Unfortunately we did not get to hear Raconte-Moi Une Historie. I was almost positive Gonzalez would lead the group back out for one final closing song. It was not meant to be. That was the only let down for the night but if I’m being honest with myself, I never should have never to hear that song. It would have felt forced and out of place on this night.

I am going to be talking about this show for some time to come. Happy it was shared with some good friends. I greatly look forward for the next go around, and so should you. — RIF

Setlist and more (read great) concert photos after the jump.

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Music Video: M83 – Midnight City


Is this what I’m going to feel like during the M83 concert next week at Black Cat? Did you see that little girl launch that trailer? Not going to lie, that was creepy… in an awesome sort of way.

The video is centered around a group of kids that are being holed up in some sort of institution. It takes the arrival of their “chosen one” to lead them to freedom and take them back to the city that glows. In the end, the kids use some pretty serious telekinesis to bring midnight to their city/institution.

Stream M83 “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming”

M83, Hurry Up We're Dreaming

Folks, hurry on over to Urban Outfitters ‘Features’ for an exclusive stream of M83’s upcoming double album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. The good people over at UO include a pretty solid interview along with the music.

If you’re lucky enough to find tickets to either of M83’s two sold out Black Cat shows, don’t pass up the opportunity. I have no idea how all of these new tracks will translate into a live performance but, boy, am I looking forward to the show. Hope to see some of you there on October 28. Chao.

M83 – Midnight City

M83 Midnight City Black Cat

Electro-pop band, M83, has been around for a few years but they are just now bursting onto the music scene. Midnight City is a tour de force of high energy, electric beats wrapped around stilled vocals. This song is infectious and will have you wanting to get up and move immediately. Not to mention the killer horns solo halfway through, damn, what a song. I would highly recommend grabbing the album, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.

Listen: M83 – Midnight City [audio http://www.minneapolisfuckingrocks.com/OTR22/m83_midnightcity.mp3|titles=Midnight City|artists=M83]

Be sure to grab tickets to see these guys at The Black Cat DC on Friday, October 28. I have tickets to the early show because I plan on jetting over to 9:30 afterward to catch The Naked and Famous. It’s going to be an epic night of music entertainment, do join.

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