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Three Nights of M83

October 1st, 2012

To some, M83 has always had an uncanny resemblance to the John Hughes classic The Breakfast Club. This has nothing to do with the aesthetic reality that the band plays music with influences from the enormous synthesizers that so dominated mid-1980s pop music. Frontman Anthony Gonzalez possesses a knack for distilling human experience down to one frozen moment: a fist raised against a cloudy sky, a human story of difference and commonality, to say everything all at once, a frozen slice of self-actualization. Gonzalez’s gift for this type of tableau universality emerged immediately, taking the stage in full costume of the band’s creepy cover art from 2011 double LP Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming and its smash hit, “Midnight City” (performed, above, on Last Call with Carson Daly). Tomorrow’s show is sold out, but you can see M83 play Hammerstein Ballroom on Wednesday and The Wellmont Theatre on Thursday. —Geoff Nelson