July 14, 2014
The Brooklyn band frequently finds inspiration in dark places: On 2009’s Hospice, singer-guitarist Peter Silberman reflects on terminal illness and emotional abuse, while this year’s Familiars turns the Buddhist notion of bardo, a state of being between incarnations, into the impetus for a dialog about multiple selves.
Whether or not you notice his intentions, it’s hard not to be swept away by The Antlers’ dreamy, ambient pop melodies. Familiars is felt in the heart, not the head. Here, the band performs “Doppelganger” in a gorgeous studio session. Head over to watch three more videos documenting the band’s recent appearance.
MGMT is an American psychedelic rock band founded by Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden. After the release of their first album, the members of their live band, Matthew Asti, James Richardson and Will Berman, joined the core band in the studio.
The Brooklyn experimental rockers released their self-titled third album in 2013 while continuing to play headlining concert dates and festivals all over the world. Fans scooped up tickets to hear songs like “Kids,” “Electric Feel,” and “Congratulations.” The band’s singular style of psychedelic rock, which integrates plenty of electronica elements, was forged beginning in 2002 by founders Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden when they were freshmen at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Their debut album, Oracular Spectacular, was released in 2006, and MGMT started gaining fans with the help of their opening sets for trend-setting acts like Of Montreal, Radiohead, and Beck. By 2009, MGMT could count Paul McCartney among their growing stable of fans, and they landed a spot opening for the ex-Beatle at Boston’s Fenway Park. On tour, the five-piece group has been known to augment the flower-power vibe of their music by projecting repeated colorful, kaleidoscopic images and other random visuals on a backdrop behind the stage.
Lead singer: Andrew VanWyngarden (2002–)
Members: Andrew VanWyngarden, Benjamin Goldwasser, Matt Asti, Will Berman, Hank Sullivant, James Richardson
Matt Berninger of the National. – Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns
Via Rolling Stone
Singer’s younger brother chronicles Brooklyn’s band on tour
February 28, 2013
Mistaken for Strangers, the new documentary chronicling life on the road with the National will open this year’s Tribeca Film Festival on April 17th, with a performance from the National to follow the premiere. The film is the project of Tom Berninger, who is the brother of the National’s singer Matt Berninger.
“We’re really happy to premiere this movie at Tribeca, as New York has been home to us for these past 15 years,” Matt Berninger said in a statement. “I was happy to give my brother whatever access he needed. I just didn’t expect this movie to include shower scenes.”
“Now more than ever before, it feels like there’s a real fear of being emotional in songs,” says the National frontman. “Music seems so desperate to be cool. There’s something really brave about songwriters who open up and say sentimental things. It’s really difficult to do well – I’ve attempted it, and they’re the hardest kind of songs to write.” ~ Matt Berninger frontman of the National