The Hype: James Murphy's the king of Brooklyn, the father of this past decade's dance-punk movement (“movement?”) and a pretty genial guy. LCD Soundsystem's latest, This Is Happening, is his slickest and most long-burning yet, but, as always, has racked up raves.
The Show: There's a minority of critics that pick on Murphy for his tossed-off lyrics, ruthless ransacking of rock history and self-aware, fogey-who's-cool pose. Well, fuck them. There's a lot for the brain to enjoy about LCD Soundsystem, but the main attraction has always been the tunes. In Pomona, Murphy and his six band mates proved that.