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February 10, 2011  | by: Kerri O'Malley

LCD Frontman, James Murphy

It seems we live in end times.  As we say goodbye to The White Stripes and The Streets, yet another band that shook up the 2000s and brought us something new, LCD Soundsystem, has announced they will no longer tour.

The quirky, witty electro-band announced they will be saying goodbye to fans at their last concert on April 2nd at Madison Square Garden.  The post remarks: “If it’s a funeral, let’s have the best funeral ever!!!”  And what a funeral it will be.  The pre-sale for the show sold out in under an hour, prompting LCD to post: “…I guess you like us?”

That’s a safe assumption, Murphy and Co.  For a band that’s only released 3 albums, LCD Soundsystem has garnered a huge following.

Murphy, Nancy Whang, and Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem

I went to last year’s Pitchfork Music Festival a total un-hip LCD Soundsystem newb.  There on the day the band headlined just to see my favorite less-famous-than-he-should-be Philly fuzz rocker, Kurt Vile, I was soon surrounded by a mass of LCD-heads, crowding together until breathing became an epic task.  As the show began, the entire field was coated with bodies and thick with anticipation.  Lights shot everywhere, and the night exploded into techno-thumping beats, comically sharp lyrics ,and rambling stage banter.  Sweat, cheers, sparklers, and smiles on that summer night launched my love for the band.

A short-lived romance, it turned out to be.

LCD frontman James Murphy hasn’t kept the band’s imminent break-up under wraps.  As Rolling Stone reports, Murphy let it be known early on that This is Happening, released in May, would be the band’s last effort and the tour promoting the album would be the final live performances of LCD Soundsystem.  Yet, there may be hope for the band to continue with different members or a different name.  All that’s really certain is that the April 2nd show will be the final live performance from the current LCD Soundsystem line-up.

And this last concert is sure to be amazing.  The crowd has been asked by the band to dress in white, black, or white and black.  Punk rockers/disco enthusiasts Liquid Liquid will open.  The show will be three hours long, featuring all the band’s most-loved live tracks and some songs the Soundsystem has never played on stage before.  Murphy said, “We’ve been getting ourselves ready, and hope to play the best show of our lives.”

And if there’s one thing everyone can agree on, it’s that LCD Soundsystem knows hows to put on a great show.  Check out the live version of my personal favorite, “Tribulations,” below, and try your best to scrounge up some tickets!

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