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Since then, the pair have tried to set fire to their own image as Grammy-nominated establishment artists by doing things like releasing a sophomore LP like last year’s that was both weird and dull, avoiding interviews and major tours, and -- in petulant disregard for this generation’s rules of operation -- maintaining almost no online presence.The latest installment in this ongoing attempt at self-sabotage took place last week at the Frank-Lloyd-Wright-designed basilica of the Guggenheim museum.No judgement or anything — we’re actually kinds jealous! Back when they were freshman at Wesleyan in the mid-2000s the band’s core duo, Andrew Van Wyngarden and Ben Goldwasser, wrote a bunch of songs that mocked the rockstar lifestyle with such glittery panache that it turned them into actual rockstars.This is their first day of practice for their new tour, and they're figuring out the best way to re-create their new album, Congratulations, with their five-man live outfit: guitarist James Richardson, bassist Matt Asti and drummer Will Berman.But it doesn't seem like they're having a lot of fun. Samuels finds out if psych-songsmiths MGMT have burned the bridge back to sanity—and pop—by entering a world of darkness and electronics with their third, self-titled LP. Above left to right: Andrew Van Wyngarden and Ben Goldwasser Working-class clout has appeared at the heart of the Anglo-American conception of authenticity ever since the late seventies, when narratives of pop music’s blue-collar roots became a kind of common knowledge and the terms “middle class” and “suburban” became epithets.

And while a far greater number of American bands have emerged from the ’burbs, most have immortalized their upbringings as boring, dysfunctional, or authoritarian.Asked to perform surrounded by the irreverent iconoclastic work of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, the band wrote from scratch forty-five minutes of new songs, which sound like the meandering murky psychedelic score to a druggy hipster porno, except the Guggenheim is too exposed for public banging and the only drug on hand was bad art gallery red wine."The sounds were like the periods of a Radiohead show where you indulge this kind of egghead electro-noodling because they are Radiohead and you know you’re getting “Paranoid Android” at some point." In keeping with the slumming-it-uptown theme of the evening I began with drinks at 21, the legendary restaurant and boozing establishment off Fifth, guzzling twenty dollar martinis before catching a cab to the nether regions of the upper east side.He is the lead vocalist, guitar player and songwriter for the band MGMT, praised for (according to Interview Magazine) "an uncanny knack for producing pop music that sounds as if it were filtered through a kaleidoscope." One of his (and MGMT cofounder Benjamin Goldwasser's) songs "Kids" (from the Oracular Spectacular album) received a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, while the duo was nominated in the Best New Artist category.Andrew Van Wyngarden, was born in Columbia, Missouri, and grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, where he attended Lausanne Collegiate School and White Station High School.