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M83

Oct. 21
8 p.m.
$37.50
Alternative, Electro Pop, Indie Pop

For the past decade and a half, M83 have been about massive, breathtaking sheets of sound. The French electronic project’s sweeping albums invited comparisons to the likes of Brian Eno, My Bloody Valentine, and even the Smashing Pumpkins. Increasingly, though, mastermind frontman Anthony Gonzalez’s individual songs are bringing M83 to a new level of popularity while retaining the project’s unique traits. The 2011 double album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming — featuring the ubiquitous “Midnight City” and its unforgettable, distorted vocal riffs — remains Gonzalez’s towering masterpiece. But this year’s intentionally scattered Junk, which follows Gonzalez’s soundtrack work for 2013 Tom Cruise vehicle Oblivion and the same year’s French film You and the Night, has highlights that emerge out of its deliberate messiness. With a vocal from Norwegian singer-songwriter Susanne Sundfør, “For the Kids” is a stunning ballad, while the neon, horn-fueled “Road Blaster” could easily become an all-time signature M83 track, featuring some of Gonzalez’s most confident singing yet. With Shura and DJ Jake Rudh.