Review + Photos: M83 at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

M83 (photo: Estefany Gonzalez) M83 made the Bay Area forget about the pouring rain outside of the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium Thursday, October 27 and transported the audience to another galaxy with a starlit backdrop, fog machine, and an epic light show. As I watched laser lights brush upon the faces of dancing concert-goers and Anthony Gonzalez, M83’s ringleader and the creative genius behind seven studio albums, I thought back to a recent interview I read on Billboard about M83's new album. In the article Gonzalez said, “I wanted to have this collection of songs that aren’t supposed to fit together on an album, with the [...]

By |November 1, 2016|Tags: |

Review + Photos: M83 brew ‘Junk’ stew in Oakland

M83 (Photo: by Daniel Kielman) Following his breakthrough sixth album, 2011’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, which reached No. 15 on the Billboard 200 chart and briefly made him a household name, M83’s Anthony Gonzalez could have made the safe move and created a similarly epic-sounding synth and guitar dreamscape. Or, he could have reverted to his shoegazing past, which first brought him to the national consciousness with the previous album, 2008’s Saturdays = Youth. Instead, he made a wholly sideways move into campy early ‘80s bubblegum pop with this month’s release, Junk, which bears little resemblance with any of Gonzalez’s previous [...]

By |April 18, 2016|Tags: |

M83 Performing at Fox Theater on April 17

Ok, so the early returns on M83’s latest album, the aptly-titled Junk, aren’t super promising. There is the album art, which should have been an early tip that Anthony Gonzalez (M83’s founder, sole permanent member and creative force), had no interest in recreating 2011’s universally-lauded Hurry Up, We're Dreaming. Then there was the first single, “Do It, Try It,” a baffling combination of plinking keyboards and high-pitched, Munchkin-like vocals. That Gonzalez enlisted cheesy axe-man virtuouso Steve Vai (beloved by guitar geeks, disdained by all others) for the album didn’t help the cause either. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryh9rkIRGUs Still, there are few artists with the [...]

By |April 14, 2016|Tags: |

Photos & Review: M83 @ The Fillmore, 4/22/12

Breaking the traditional rules of setlist arrangement, M83’s Anthony Gonzalez didn’t save his big hit for the end of the show at the Fillmore Sunday night. “Midnight City,” the crossover success on alternative and mainstream charts was burned about two-thirds of the way through. Nor was M83’s previous hit, 2008’s “Kim and Jessie” anywhere in the set. Gonzalez must have figured that his electro-shoegaze rock band’s other new material was strong enough to carry the show. And he was right. Coming off two performances at Coachella and beginning a new tour, in support of 2011 double-album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, [...]

By |April 23, 2012|Tags: |

Live This Month: November 2011 – an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #260)

Live This Month: November 2011 (Podcast #260) In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area. The November concert schedule offers a chance to check out the artists behind some big recent releases, as bands like M83, Wild Flag, and Real Estate arrive in support of well-received new albums. Locally, a diverse assortment of acts are launching new releases of their own, including the classic-leaning rock and roll of Zodiac Death Valley, The Northern Key's singer-songwriter pop, and the raucous art-rock of Wet Illustrated. [...]

M83’s SF show moved to Mezzanine: more tickets on sale now

Midnight City by M83 If, like me, you blinked and missed buying tickets to grandiose electronic pop masters M83's show at The Independent, get happy again: the November 10th concert has been moved to the Mezzanine (8pm, $25), and more tickets are on-sale now. This news will probably be less welcomed by existing M83 ticket holders, who would likely prefer the smaller venue, but those are the breaks.

By |August 9, 2011|Tags: |
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