With childlike wonder permeating its quirky potpourri of decades' worth of pop influences, MGMT's 2007 debut album, Oracular Spectacular, has become a blueprint for indie-rock bands everywhere. On last year's self-titled third full-length, the Brooklynites grope for Oracular's mercurial magic, returning to that record's producer, longtime Flaming Lips knob twiddler Dave Fridmann, and to recording as just founders Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser (having made 2010's Congratulations with their full touring band). Sho'nuff, MGMT exudes a Lips-like eclectic warmth, with trance-y vocal production and enveloping tapestries of instrumentation, which at times recall fellow Lips-alites The Polyphonic Spree (less the choir). MGMT may have hatched perfectly formed, but that doesn't preclude their adolescence from being a fascinating ride.
Wed., April 16, 9 p.m., 2014
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