M83

Friday, September 23, at Hailey's

Though M83 is already four years and three LPs into its recording career, the band is still getting its sea legs as far as touring goes. That makes sense: The French band's self-titled debut, which is only now seeing American release, would be daunting stuff to try to play live: all dense, shoegazing guitars and dreamy, synthesized ambiance. Since the 2003 departure of M83 co-founder Nicholas Fromageau, however, remaining member Anthony Gonzalez has taken his band's sound in a distinctly poppier direction. M83's last album, Before the Dawn Heals Us, inspired more than a few journalists to reference emo with its hushed lyrics and blasting guitars, and the new, user-friendly melodies are getting an increasingly able-bodied backing from the touring band. Expect nothing short of sonic delirium.

 
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