If LCD Soundsystem is the Sound of Silver, then MGMT strikes solid gold. Essentially the duo of former art students Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden, MGMT's disco-glam combines the Bee Gees' Saturday Night Fever with David Bowie's futuristic vision and lyricism, creating stylized indie-rock for a new generation of movers and shakers. The group's first full-length, Oracular Spectacular (Red Ink/Columbia), was perhaps 2007's most overlooked major-label release, a tantalizing hit parade of scaled-back electroclash, rich harmonies and huge synth-pop beats.
Equally inspired by Brian Eno and David Byrne's landmark collaboration My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, Brooklyn's Yeasayer takes a more kaleidoscopic approach to pop music, utilizing everything from Middle Eastern guitar and droning sitars to '60s psychedelia and Afrobeat rhythms. As world-weary as it is worldly influenced, the quartet's dense and dreamy debut, All Hour Cymbals (We Are Free), resembles a mystical collaboration between Animal Collective and Grizzly Bear. Strap on your dancing shoes and break out the elastic headband — this party's going to rage all night.
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene each week with music news, trends, artist interviews and concert listings. We'll also send you special ticket offers and music deals.