Dent May Plays the Late Show Tomorrow at Mercury Lounge

July 19th, 2012

After dropping out of NYU film school, Dent May headed back to his native Mississippi, taking up residency in Oxford. It was fitting he’d made his home in a literary town because May began writing funny, articulate songs that found him compared to Jonathan Richman and Stephen Merritt. Although he thinks the comparisons to Merritt were mainly because the Magnetic Fields frontman plays the ukulele, and May’s first album, The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele, was filled with catchy, uke-heavy tunes like “You Can’t Force a Dance Party.” But the singer-songwriter didn’t want to get pigeonholed to one sound or one instrument. So he’s moved on because “I don’t want to be that guy, and I never did.” Of his new album, out last month (stream it here), Paste says: “Dent May has gone disco, and we should all totally be OK with that. He mostly abandons his trademark ukulele on his latest, Do Things, opting instead for some sequin-y synth and hair gel.” And while he’s left behind the instrument that put him on the map, he hasn’t completely left behind New York City because you can see Dent May (above, playing “Best Friend” for Fader TV) at Mercury Lounge on Friday night.