Photos by Rich Orris
Here’s a few notes on the set gleaned from our Day One roundup:
Electro-psychedelic dork-rockers MGMT were best when playing their older tracks like “Time to Pretend,” “Electric Feel,” and “Destrokk.” Both Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser dropped their guitars and keyboard to prowl around the stage and harmonize during an inspired version of “Kids.”
The swirling pastel light show would have been completely transcendental if you were on acid. It was also pretty cool even if you weren’t tripping.
They lost a lot of their crowd as the set went on. The show was a bit mellow for a prime 9:30 time-slot and a lot of folks seemed like they’d rather be listening to something more danceable. At their best, MGMT came off like a modern day Pink Floyd; at their worst, and during a few of their newer tracks, they were like a boring and wimpy version of The Who.