Posted in music | pictures on January 26, 2009

photos by Toby Tenenbaum

M83

"Songs are almost afterthoughts for Anthony Gonzalez, the songwriter, singer, guitarist and keyboardist behind the French band M83. He's after enthrallment instead, and on Saturday night at Irving Plaza he had time to be sweeping. M83 is touring as the opening act for the Killers, and was on the bill at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night. But as the headliner at the club, M83 opened for itself with an introductory set of ambient music, pulling listeners further into its otherworldly domain. The band is named after a galaxy." [NY Times]
The M83 opening set was slow, but was then followed an excellent headlining M83 performance. How was it at MSG? More Irving Plaza pics and the setlist, below...

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M83 (headlining) Setlist:
Run Into Flowers
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Moonchild
Kim & Jessie
We Own the Sky
Graveyard Girl
Teen Angst
Highway of Endless Dreams
Don't Save Us From the Flames
Skin of the Night
Guitar and Heart
Couleurs

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M83 will be on Conan O'Brien on January 27th. More tour dates HERE.

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Comments (38)

M83? After what I saw last night its more like M8Yaps

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2009 9:36 AM

m8yaps? That doesn't tell me anything.

Posted by rod munch | January 26, 2009 10:07 AM

white mom-sneaker massive represent!

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2009 10:13 AM

m8yaps? is that supposed to be english?

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2009 10:15 AM

what doesn't make sense about m8Yaps? That was exactly how I felt after the show. Anon 9:36am you nailed it. Last night was so Yaps'd up.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2009 10:30 AM

killers setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2009 11:13 AM

the irving show was the complete opposite of excellent.

snoozefest

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2009 11:46 AM

the irving show was too short and not too exciting though he played a few of my favorites.
and i think the ambient opening set was only 3 "songs" long, which wasnt that great anyways.

anyone stay for the meet and greet with him after?

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2009 11:51 AM

irving plaza sucks. tickets are over priced and the crowd was boring. m83 did sound great though.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2009 11:55 AM

M83 was awesome. The opening bit was great. Very Vangelis/Eluvium. The crowd was one of the worst I've ever seen. Boston College looking chikcs and frat boys a-plenty. Bunch of fucking chatterboxes

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2009 12:56 PM

These guys were pretty boring opening for The Killers. Every song sounded the same.

The show was scheduled to start at 7, M83 came on at about 6:55. The place wasn't even a quarter full. I felt kind of bad for them, in between songs there was nothing. No booing or anything. But no clapping or cheering either.

It didn't help that their mics seemed to be pretty low.

Posted by Mitch | January 26, 2009 1:19 PM

i stayed for the meet and greet only to find out i wasn't allowed to stay for the meet and greet because i guess you needed to buy merch.

i stayed anyway and wished anthony luck at the garden. but according to 1:19 that didn't do much :/

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2009 1:27 PM

"killers setlist?"

One shitty song after another... Pooh, pooh, pooh...

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2009 1:32 PM

the irving plaza set itself was excellent but holy awful the crowd was on a level of terrible that i've never had to endure until now. the fucking bros standing next to me were talking the entire time, until some loud drum beat kicked in and then they would start pounding their fists on their chests and act like it was fucking pacha or something.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2009 2:04 PM

The yap factor was pretty high at the Irving show.
I wanted to punch the guy in the face. Makes me wonder why people go to shows these days. Not to listen to music it seems.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2009 2:40 PM

I was at Irving show. Didn't really listen to m83. Great scene though.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2009 3:03 PM

Setlist sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2009 3:11 PM

why would you go see M83 at Irving Plaza if you don't like them?

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2009 3:12 PM

fist-pumpers like m83??

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2009 3:22 PM

i thought the irving show was very good. but the crowd was just gross. yap yap yap. also, i was told by someone at the box office that the show was going to be from 9-1130...i figured the ambient set would be about an hour, and then songs for an hour an a half. i got there at about 930, and they were already in the middle of graveyard girl. bummer. awesome anyway. i would like to see them somewhere cool.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2009 3:36 PM

"the fucking bros standing next to me were talking the entire time"

QFT.

the crowd consisted of teenagers and lots of bros for crying out loud. oh well at least i was in a good spot in the front row center.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2009 3:42 PM

people were talking at the show, because the show S U C K E D.

twiddlin' knobs. sweet.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2009 3:43 PM

Bunch of fucking chatterboxes
^^
what's new. you are at a show not your f*cking living room...

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2009 4:29 PM

Rules For Shows, having been to M83 at Irving Plaza


1) Stop Taking Goddamn Pictures
2) Stop talking to your friends
3) Stop playing with your long hair and hitting my face with it every 10 seconds.
4) Stop Texting
5) Stop Talking
6) Put your damn cell phone away
7) Your camera sucks, your pictures come out horribly and you look like shit.


I loved M83's set but hated the 16 year old girls next to me.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2009 4:41 PM

Why not leave if you want to talk and let the others who spent $30 for there ticket enjoy the music?

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2009 4:48 PM

lots of butthurt fags here

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2009 4:50 PM

Frat guys like French electronic artists?


Holy sh*t I want to die.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2009 4:55 PM

lamest crowd ever, the irving show was fantastic though, the band sounded spot on. that nobody clapped at MSG is just so sad.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2009 4:58 PM

"lots of butthurt fags here"

when are people going to start realizing that using fag as a derogatory term is really just making them look insecure about their own sexuality?

go bone a chick brah!

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2009 4:58 PM

Reading from the top I'm deducing that the crowd in both shows suck?

I was at Irving Plaza one but I really didn't care much about the people behind me.

Posted by Ricky Ricardo | January 26, 2009 5:14 PM

their first 2 opening songs at MSG were fine then it became one big blur, very dull, the killers on the other hand were great but since this is an indie blog I may get crucified for saying that

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2009 5:38 PM

lol. you went to see the killers.


have you seen the new video? lolfest.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2009 5:48 PM

As if the Killers horrible new album wasn't bad enough, the Brandon Flowers in the new SPIN put me off my lunch. Good grief do those people suck!

M83, on the other hand, is awesome.

Posted by Jordan Catalano | January 26, 2009 6:28 PM

Console, the band of the keyboard player from the Notwist, played a show like this at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. One half was the "special, only tonight, Console-Go-to-Space set" and the other half was "more Rock-like music".

They released a live album of that stuff. I played it for other people at a bookstore I worked at, and they would say, what the hell do you do at a concert of ambient music?

And the answer is: drugs.

Posted by Aaron | January 26, 2009 7:57 PM

review and set list shot at
http://newsflash.bigshotmag.com/?p=2134

Posted by Wiz | January 26, 2009 8:33 PM

i was waiting for the booty drop section in 'couleurs' but it never came

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2009 9:01 PM

for the record, they're not twiddling knobs up there. perhaps you missed the multitude of keyboards, guitars, drums and pedals?

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2009 1:40 PM

sick photo-age.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2009 3:17 PM

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