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Review: Shut Up and Play the Hits

Documenting LCD Soundsystem's farewell show
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  September 14, 2012
3.5 3.5 Stars

For those in their 20s who worship dance and Internet culture with equal voracity, LCD Soundsystem was a "generation defining" band, and this documentary detailing the their 2011 farewell concert is their Stop Making Sense. Even if you've never heard LCD's music, Jonathan Demme's Talking Heads concert film is a worthy point of comparison. LCD combine the best aspects of '70s punk, '80s new wave, and '90s rave, and directors Will Lovelace and Dylan Southern acutely capture their maniacal live presence, with the grandiose Madison Square Garden as the backdrop for the landmark concert that was equal parts celebration and mourning. The film's true core, though, lies between the sequences of live concert footage, as James Murphy takes part in a candid interview with author Chuck Klosterman wherein they weigh the potential perils involved with bowing gracefully out of the game at one's prime.

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