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MGMT, Black Bananas, Kuroma

When: Sun., Sept. 1, 6:30 p.m. 2013

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As someone who didn't dip further into the catalog than Oracular Spectacular—still a fine album in many regards—I can say I've heard enough MGMT to last a lifetime. The omnipresence of "Kids" and "Electric Feel" revealed the surprisingly long-lasting durability of those songs, but like all things shiny and disposable, they eventually wore out their welcome. That means I was sick of the band by the time Congratulations came out in 2010, and that album's willful sophomore weirdness didn't endear it to anybody the way their debut did. Maybe it's an unheralded masterpiece? Maybe. But I seriously doubt it. MGMT have album number three on the way, and it's one of my least anticipated releases of the year. But who knows? MGMT have a way of subverting expectations; maybe they'll go beyond the pervasiveness of Album 1 and the perversity of Album 2, and actually make something that lasts this time. They're joined by Black Bananas, who are making up for their last-minute bailing on the Slabtown Bender back in April. The story goes that Jennifer Herrema got too fucked up and passed out backstage. 911 was called, Herrema was fine, but the Bananas didn't play. NED LANNAMANN

Price: $37

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