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M83 @ The Fox Theater 

Wednesday, Apr 13 2016
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I've literally only done like two genuinely cool things in my life, and one of them was seeing M83 perform for a crowd of about 20 people at a tiny club in Burlington, Vt. And now that M83 (the recording moniker of Frenchman Anthony Gonzalez) is one of the biggest names in electronic music, I get to gleefully remind everyone that I saw the band way back when. And that never gets annoying. But with his latest album — called Junk — Gonzalez seems intent on putting out a product that reflects the title. From the pastiche of clip art on the album's cover, to the piano-laced, '80s-esque first single "Do It, Try It," Gonzalez appears hellbent on breaking away from the grandeur and beauty of his previous releases. Which is fine. I'm all about artists refusing to adhere to expectations. But hopefully that won't be the case at M83's upcoming show at The Fox. There's a reason for the saying "oldies but goodies."

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