Sometimes we’re so busy looking for the next big thing to appear in the form of the last big thing that we miss those crucial behind-the-back baton passes that happen in pop culture. Which explains to some degree how a few years can turn a couple of upstate dorm-room knob-twiddling dorks into MGMT, the global hit-making factory that now has Paul McCartney begging for a shot at a collaboration. Mega-viral smash “Kids” sounds like childhood dredged up and filtered through late adolescence, its ringtone chirps and cresting waves of kiddies at play somehow reigniting the satisfyingly deep wisdom of your first brush with inebriation. It’s hard to tell whether this is MGMT hitting a stride or enjoying a Peter Pan moment — the question now is whether the world will let them live in Neverland forever.
1_“Sex on Fire,” Kings of Leon
2_“The Reeling,” Passion Pit
3_“Sometime Around Midnight,” Airborne Toxic Event