MGMT's Nov. 18 Roy Wilkins show moved to First Ave


The "Time to Pretend" hitmakers might have been pretending they're too big for clubs.

MGMT's reputation still might be hindred locally by its 2010 headlining set at Rock the Garden.

Hey, at least MGMT didn’t cancel the show and blame “routing logistics.” The psychedelic synth-rock band’s Nov. 18 gig at Roy Wilkins Auditorium is moving across town to First Avenue, a sure sign it wasn’t selling tickets – but inarguably a good move for the fans who are planning to go. First Ave’s capacity is 1,600 people, compared to the Wilkins’ 5,000. The acoustics are about 1,600 times better, too.

All tickets to the Wilkins performance will be honored at First Ave -- and there's still room for more, too. Extra tickets are on sale via the club’s outlets ($29.50). Refunds will also be given at points of purchase if anyone can’t make it to the new location, but concert promoter Jam Productions urged fans to turn them in before Nov. 15 “so someone else will have an opportunity to attend.”

MGMT enjoyed a big coming-out year in 2007 with its debut album, "Oracular Spectacular," which landed the insatiably catchy hits "Kids," "Time to Pretend" and "Electric Feel" and earned the Connecticut duo a best new artist nomination at the Grammys. However, the follow-up album, "Congratulations," was notoriously dull, as was the band's headlining set at Rock the Garden that year. This year's wigged-out eponymous album also earned mixed marks and has failed to land any hit singles.

[Photo: Tom Wallace]