MGMT

Formed December 2002.

US pop rock group

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MGMT chat to Phil Taggart and Alice Levine

Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT catch up with Phil and Alice.

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Biography

MGMT is an American Psychedelic Rock Duo 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. Formed at Wesleyan University and originally with Cantora Records, they signed with Columbia Records and Red Ink in 2006.

On October 5, 2007, Spin.com named MGMT "Artist of the Day." On November 14, 2007, Rolling Stone pegged MGMT as a top ten "Artist to Watch" in 2008. The band was named ninth in the BBC's Sound of 2008 Top Ten Poll. They were also named as Last.fm's most played new artist of 2008 in their Best of 2008 list.

MGMT's first album, Oracular Spectacular, debuted at No. 12 on the UK album chart, No. 13 after 34 weeks in the New Zealand RIANZ charts, number six on the Australian ARIA Charts, and hit number one on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart. It has also been named the 18th best album of the decade by Rolling Stone magazine.[citation needed] It was named the best album of 2008 by NME. MGMT also appeared prominently in Australia's Triple J Hottest 100 2008, coming in 2nd with "Electric Feel", 5th with "Kids" and 18th with "Time to Pretend". MGMT was nominated for the 2010 Grammy Award for Best New Artist, and their track "Kids" was nominated for Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals. These are the first Grammy nominations for the band. At the 2009 Grammy Awards, the Justice remix of "Electric Feel" won the Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical. Their second album, Congratulations, was released on April 13, 2010. In January 2011 they began work on their third album, MGMT. It was released on September 17, 2013, and was released as an early exclusive on the Rdio music service on September 9, 2013.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Late Night Tales

    Late Night Tales 2011

    Reviewed by Ian Wade
    An insightful, and rather brilliant, mix from the odd-pop duo.
  2. Review of Congratulations

    Congratulations 2010

    Reviewed by Johnny Sharp
    After a debut of sing-along hits, the duo takes refuge in druggy experimentalism.
  3. Review of Oracular Spectacular

    Oracular Spectacular 2008

    Reviewed by Damian Jones
    A debut which is both intriguing and exciting if a little uncomfortable.