"Count backwards from 5 and then scream..." is how, late in their afternoon headlining performance at Key Arena, Andrew VanWyngarden welcomed enduring gem "Kids" back into the fold of the MGMT setlist. I hadn't been keeping abreast of the news that the more electronic mood of their new album was more amendable to giving the fans what they oh-so-desperately craved. Having seen them several times since they put it out to pasture (stateside, at least), I admit that I was prettysurprised and delighted by this important development enough to engage in some giddy seat-dancing.
it's all happening
This came soon after the band brought up a special guest (maybe a fan called Laura?) to strike the giant light-up BE AWARE cowbell during "Your Life Is A Lie", ending the middle consciousness-expanding guided cosmic meditation section of the program. This is not to say that they didn't break out the hits—"Electric Feel", "Time To Pretend", "The Youth", "Weekend Wars"—but there was also plenty of chill electro vibes times, with spotlights occasionally singling out small clusters of the audience for rapture, trippy Alejandro Crawford-produced visuals of things like geometric patterns, modern technology's best approximation of Lawnmower Man-era virtual reality, fractal clouds, closing with a bipedal crustacean alien that made the creature from the "Congratulations" look downright cuddly. It all made me very glad that I hung around for the whole show and that a couple of huge pop songs gave these guys the freedom keep MGMT a little weird.