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[recap] M83 – The Music Box – 11/9/11

I’ve been a big fan of M83 since I first heard “We Own The Sky” in the snowboard flick, That’s It, That’s All.  Since then, Anthony Gonzalez and company have become one of my favorite musical acts and i’ve gobbled up everything they’ve released (at least i think i have).

Last night, the wifey and I were lucky enough to see them play a super sold-out show (tickets were going for $150+ on stubhub) at The Music Box in Hollywood.  This was my first time seeing the group live, and I honestly didn’t know what to expect.  I absolutely LOVE M83, but I’m always a bit nervous that I’ll be let down when I see one of favorites live for the first time.  Needless to say, the show was everything I expected — ambitious, visually stunning, the perfect amount of loud, and quite simply…epic.

If you missed last nights show (or if you’re thirsty for more) M83 will be back in LA for a show at Club Nokia on Jan 13th.  Tickets go on sale Nov 12th here. (complete tour dates here)

Setlist:
Intro (ft. Zola Jesus)
Reunion
Kim & Jessie
One Year, One UFO
My Tears Are Becoming A Sea
Teen Angst
We Own The Sky
Steve McQueen
Wait
This Bright Flash
Claudia Lewis
♪ Midnight City
A Guitar And A Heart

Encore:
Skin Of The Night
Couleurs

A few highlights from the show (in no particular order):
I was pleasantly surprised with the opening act, Active Child.  Take a minute and give them a listen, you won’t be disappointed…unless of course you hate the harp.

Credit: Andrew Youssef http://amateurchemist.blogspot.com/

Zola Jesus joining the band on stage for “Intro” (video below thanks to youtube user suprefan)

White Sea’s powerhouse vocalist/keyboardist Morgan Kibby was a force to be reckoned with (seriously, she was amazing and her stage presence captivated me all night).

Credit: Andrew Youssef http://amateurchemist.blogspot.com/

The perfect transition from “My Tears Becoming a Sea” to “Teen Angst” and the vocals on “Wait” gave me chills.

“Midnight City” is even better live and the saxophone player, who seemingly appeared on stage out of nowhere, tore up his solo.