With their 2010 album Congratulations, Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden of [mp3com-artist]MGMT[/mp3com-artist] challenge their fan base with a broad, left-field pop sound that leaves audiences giddy. Any band deserves kudos for overcoming the inevitable challenges of writing a new album. For most artists, the challenge stems from a shift in style, departed band members, or relinquishing studio leadership to a seasoned producer. For a band whose debut spawned three singles (and a GRAMMY-winning remix treatment from [mp3com-artist]Justice[/mp3com-artist]) that lit up radio, the blogosphere, and dancefloors all at once, [mp3com-artist]MGMT[/mp3com-artist] faced the most crushing challenge of all: the sophomore slump. With a record as good as 2007's Oracular Spectacular, lesser artists would recycle the hits with crossed fingers, hibernate until the buzz died down, or play it safe with side-projects and solo efforts. [mp3com-artist]MGMT[/mp3com-artist] dealt with the external pressure by imposing a bit of their own. The songwriting duo, Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden, took the latent psychedelica of Oracular and blew them into 1970s proportions on their 2010 follow-up, Congratulations. They in turn challenged their fanbase with a broader, even more left-field pop sound that left audiences giddy. Fitting that today's free MP3 is "Brian Eno," a stand-out track from Congratulations that demonstrates how [mp3com-artist]MGMT[/mp3com-artist] addressed the above: with a faux British accent, '60s surf guitars, and an unprecedented lyrical focus on one super-producer of modern pop and electronica (free MP3 to everyone who can guess his name!). [mp3com-artist]MGMT[/mp3com-artist] dealt with their obstacles by not taking themselves very seriously in a serious effort to further themselves, leaving the fans with more challenge - just try not to dance along. [mp3com-download url="http://files.radio.com/downloads/time-based/mgmtosl.mp3" artist="MGMT" song="Brian Eno" expiration="08/10/2011" email="none" year="2010" label="Columbia"/] Watch [mp3com-artist]MGMT[/mp3com-artist] perform "Brian Eno" and more live at Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco this coming weekend. All this week, MP3.com shines a spotlight on Outside Lands, offering free music from some of our favorite performers. Download tracks from [mp3com-artist]Old 97s[/mp3com-artist], [mp3com-artist]Best Coast[/mp3com-artist], [mp3com-artist]Deadmau5[/mp3com-artist] and more here. Buy tickets to the fourth annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival here -- while they last! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fe4EK4HSPkI&ob=av2n For more free music from performers at Outside Lands Festival 2011, keep your eyes on the Spotlight. Buy music from [mp3com-artist]MGMT[/mp3com-artist] on: iTunes | Amazon | Insound

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