On April 2nd, 2011, LCD SOUNDSYSTEM played its final show at Madison Square Garden. LCD frontman James Murphy had made the conscious decision to disband one of the most celebrated and influential bands of its generation at the peak of its popularity, ensuring that the band would go out on top with the biggest and most ambitious concert of its career. The instantly sold out, near four-hour extravaganza did just that, moving the thousands in attendance to tears of joy and grief, with New York Magazine calling the event "a marvel of pure craft" and TIME magazine lamenting "we may never dance again." SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS is simultaneously a document of a once-in-a-lifetime performance and an intimate portrait of Murphy as he navigates both the personal and professional ramifications of his decision.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
"Shut Up" is graceful in its depiction of the performance, neither uncomfortably intimate nor shy.Jon Caramanica, New York Times, 07.26.2012
Much like the band's self-conscious synth-pop itself, Shut Up is initially satiric but ultimately disarming in its emotional resonance.Rob Nelson, Variety, 02.06.2012
Shut Up and Play the Hits manages to effectively display the power of that final concert while putting the band's leader into thoughtful cultural perspective.Ian Buckwalter, NPR, 07.17.2012
It's sometimes touching, sometimes really loud, and often both.Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 09.13.2012