LIVE: Magma

Magma, the elusive French progressive-rock band, headlined a sold-out Brick by Brick on March 15, 2016.

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French prog-rockers Magma got good and weird at Brick by Brick on March 15, 2016.
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The band, founded in Paris in 1969 by drummer Christian Vander, takes a sci-fi approach to music.
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For instance, the band's debut record was spent exploring the idea of humanity relocating to a new planet because Earth was doomed.
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Vander even invented a language, dubbed Kobaïan, to go along with this new planet and wrote songs in that language.
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Throughout the decades, Magma has seen significant changes in lineup.
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While they never really reached mass critical fame, Magma has developed a devoted cult following.
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The band took a 13-year hiatus beginning in 1983.
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Their music has inspired its own genre: Zeuhl, the Kobaïan word for "celestial" in Vander's made-up language, is characterized by a blend of prog and symphonic rock.
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Since reforming in 1996, Magma has released three studio albums and six live albums.
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