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Spend the Weekend with M83 at Terminal 5

October 12th, 2016

Anthony Gonzalez has been deftly mixing shoegaze, ambient music and synth pop into his own unique down-tempo sound as M83 for more than a decade. But it wasn’t until the band’s sixth album, the double LP Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (stream it below), anchored by megahit “Midnight City,” that M83 (above, doing “Go!” on Later … with Jools Holland) became a worldwide phenomenon. And after extensive touring (and soundtrack scoring) followed by some time off, Gonzalez and M83 returned this year with Junk (stream it below). “Much like Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, Junk looks back in a way that’s so accomplished that it’s difficult to call it a retreat,” per AllMusic. Instead, it feels like a reminder that Gonzalez is dedicated to making music on his own terms, even if the results are polarizing. While all listeners may not share his fascination with ’80s pop culture detritus, it’s hard not to respect how expertly he transforms it into something genuine. ” And according to Pretty Much Amazing, it “doesn’t profess to be some magnificent statement about the human condition—it ends any such speculation with its title.… And that’s OK. Muppets in Space album cover aside, Gonzalez has still left plenty on Junk for his merry usual band of misfits—the lovers, the dreamers, and him.” Of course, the best way to experience M83 remains live, and to that end, you can see them on Friday and Saturday at Terminal 5. Pop singer-songwriter Shura opens both shows.