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A Dan Deacon Dance Party at Rough Trade NYC

February 26th, 2015

Dan Deacon – Rough Trade NYC – February 25, 2015

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It was the year 2007 and I had only been living in Brooklyn for a few months. Being a native West Coaster, I was not privy to the genius and fun of Dan Deacon until a coworker (now friend) initiated me to his greatness. She’d recently moved from Baltimore and had regaled me with tales of Deacon’s legendary DIY parties. She described them as “complete madness” and “a mix of spastic dancing, mosh-pitting and communal hugging” in a warehouse space called the Copycat building.  She recounted how “the crowd there was so crazy, that I pretty much went to those shows prepared to get pushed so hard that I’d crash into a random drum set or the wall at some point in the night.”

Fast forward to last night, when I finally experienced Mr. Deacon’s musical wizardry. Readied for my own taste of his exuberant live shows, I (and my previously mentioned friend) embarked upon a sold-out Rough Trade NYC, where Deacon celebrated the release of his latest album, Gliss Riffer. The faux-warehouse venue, which captures some of that look and feel of the space where Deacon got his start, felt like a telling metaphor for the trajectory of his career. Although audience participation was high with Deacon calling for a dance circle and opposite-side dance offs, it was by no means the spectacle I’d heard about.

Nevertheless, the master of ceremonies did not disappoint weaving oldies “Paddling Ghost” and “Wham City” against the latest and greatest from the brand new release. Early on, “Sheathed Wings” had fans whipping their heads to the bass, while everyone erupted in euphoria for “Feel the Lightning,” a track that according to the A.V. Club “comes across as the love child of Daft Punk and Todd Rundgren.” The evening culminated with Deacon playing America, leaving no need for an encore. —Sharlene Chiu

(Dan Deacon plays Warsaw on 5/22.)

 

 

 

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Two Nights of Dan Deacon

November 13th, 2012

Dan Deacon has long been interested in making music. He released his first two solo albums—on CD-R no less—while still in school at SUNY Purchase’s Conservatory of Music. Upon graduation he decamped for Baltimore and took up residence in an arts and music collective, and things really began to take off for him. In addition to some top-notch classical work, Deacon has been on a bit of a roll when it comes to electronic music, with three stellar albums in a row: Spiderman of the Rings in 2007, Bromst in 2009 and America, which came out this past summer. And all of that is great, because who doesn’t like to listen to quality records? But the recorded material is just a beginning, because for Dan Deacon it’s all about performing with a live band and a heavy dose of audience participation. He’s even got a free phone app that synchronizes all of the songs and turns them into the light show for a portion of his live sets. So do yourself a favor and get involved when Deacon plays Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow night and then The Bowery Ballroom on Friday night.

(And about those shows, Deacon says: “I want to let you know that the proceeds from my upcoming 11/14 Music Hall of Williamsburg and 11/16 Bowery Ballroom shows will be donated to Sandy relief. Having grown up on Long Island, so much of my family and many of my close friends live in New York and New Jersey. I don’t feel right going there, playing these shows and not pitching in to help out with the recovery so I’m going to donate my fee for these two shows to the Red Cross and Occupy Sandy.”)