M83 big tour in the US coming up in May, check out the dates!

M83 have expanded their upcoming North American tour plans by adding a second show in Dallas to the spring tour on May 20th, plus three additional US show dates in the Northeast in early August.




1 The Granada Theatre Lawrence, KS
2 The Pageant St. Louis, MO
4 Vic Theatre Chicago, IL
5 Majestic Theatre Detroit, MI
7 Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY
9 House of Blues Boston Boston, MA
10 Terminal 5 New York, NY
11 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA
12 9:30 Club Washington, DC
14 Masquerade Music Park Atlanta, GA
15 Marathon Music Works Nashville, TN
17 House of Blues Houston Houston, TX
18 Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater Austin, TX
19 Granada Theater Dallas, TX
20 Granada Theater Dallas, TX
22 Sunshine Theater Albuquerque, NM
23 Marquee Theatre Phoenix, AZ


1 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
2 Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead Munhall, PA
7 State Theatre Portland, ME
8 Central Park Summerstage New York, NY


Plain big is not so hard to pull off. Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb”, Harry Nilsson’s “Without You”, Jimmy Webb’s “MacArthur Park”, Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child o’ Mine”…rock history is landmarked with preposterously massive songs that are often bloated and overwrought, songs that stand as giant signposts to feeling, but communicate little actual emotion. Grand-scale songs may be impressive, but filling tunes of a synapse short-circuiting enormity with real emotional resonance – making them memorable for reasons other than size – is much more difficult.

It’s a talent Anthony Gonzalez has clearly mastered with Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, a double album that brokers a brilliantly effective accord between the ostensibly conflicting demands of commercial pop and experimental rock, and packs some truly giant tunes. The Antibes native has been steadily working to perfect the art of the megalithic alt.pop song since founding M83 in 2001. His self-titled debut from that year and sophomore release two years later, Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts established him as a heavy hitter in the post-rock/bliss pop/cosmic electronica league, a skilled producer of hazy, lusciously layered, irresistibly narcotized, epic dreamscapes crafted (essentially solo) from treated electronics, plush synths, murmured vocals and fx-heavy guitar.

It was 2008’s Saturdays = Youth, a nostalgia-soaked paean to Gonzalez’s teenage years – and an unashamed celebration of artists such as Kate Bush and Jean-Michel Jarre – that paved the way for the monumental Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, released in October 18th, 2011.

Co-produced by bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen (best known for his work with Beck, NIN, The Mars Volta) and mixed by Tony Hoffer (Air, Kooks) it took just 13 months to complete and features guest vocalists Zola Jesus (on ‘Intro’) and Brad Laner (‘Splendor’), plus contributions from Gonzalez’s long-term collaborator, his brother Yann. The album title is also a neat summary of the record’s twin tempers – urgent and introspective – and of Gonzalez’s dual identity as dancefloor enthusiast and solipsistic muser. Kings Of Leon, The Killers and Depeche Mode – all of whom M83 toured with in 2010 – can also take some credit for Gonzalez’s newly beefy vocals.

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