dan deacon announces solo tour
  • FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2009

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As everyone knows by now, Dan Deacon shows are completely looney tunes. You take a deep breath, shake off your self-consciousness, and never know what to expect. Will there be a massive London Bridges-style snake tunnel extending out of the venue? Will you win one of the impromptu dance-offs, or be put to shame by some ludicrous hipster doing a one-legged chicken dance? Will the Trippy Green Skull ever be knocked over, or will it stand forever, the vigilant flag of the off-the-wall electronic anthems that have won the rotund Baltimore virtuoso so many loyal fans? If you've never gone to one of Dan Deacon's signature fiascos, you owe it to yourself to find out. One of the best things about Dan Deacon's flair for the ridiculous is that he's not afraid to try new and wacky things to liven up the tried and true stare-at-the-stage concert formula. He regularly breaks the fourth wall, playing on the floor instead of the stage, and not only encouraging but demanding audience participation and energetic dancing. As of late, he's been champing the Round Robin arrangement, where multiple bands set up simultaneously and take turns playing songs with little time in between, which keeps the crowd on their toes, eliminates the concept of an inferior "opener," and spares you those terrible set-up waits that plague most concerts. Before the infamous Dan Deacon/No Age/Deerhunter Round Robin, he did a Round Robin tour with a Baltimore-based entourage that included The Death Set, Video Hippos and Double Dagger. Collaborations are great, but sometimes you just have to go it alone. This fall, Dan Deacon's doing a solo tour, boasting "expansion of [his] floor show set, immersive experience, heavy emphasis on visuals." Hopefully that last part doesn't mean another hour of tripped out Arnold Schwartzenegger footage, like in his Ultimate Reality tour. Come open-minded, play along, leave sweaty. Nina Mashurova

Dan Deacon on Tour

10-01 - Chapel Hill, NC - Cat's Cradle 10-02 - Atlanta, GA - Eyedrum 10-03 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt 10-04 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree 10-05 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In 10-06 - Memphis, TN - Hi Tone Caf 10-07 - New Orleans, LA - Big Top 10-09 - Austin, TX - Emo's 10-10 - Marfa, TX - The Shade Structure 10-14 - Irvine, CA - University of California-Irvine 10-15 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo 10-16 - Los Angeles, CA - Eagle Rock Center for the Arts 10-17 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Festival 10-19 - Sacramento, CA - Fungarden 10-21 - Eugene, OR - University of Oregon Cultural Forum 10-22 - Portland, OR - Worksound 10-23 - Portland, OR - Holocene 10-24 - Seattle, WA - Vera Project 10-27 - Denver, CO - Rhinoceropolis 10-29 - Northfield, MN - Carleton College 10-30 - Chicago, IL - Logan Square Auditorium 11-01 - Gambier, OH - Kenyon College 11-03 - Toronto, Ontario - Sneaky Dees 11-04 - Toronto, Ontario - Great Hall 11-05 - Montreal, Quebec - Il Motore 11-06 - Montreal, Quebec - Eastern Bloc 11-07 - Middlebury, VT - Middlebury College 11-08 - Boston, MA - Mass Art 11-10 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse 11-13 - Worcester, MA - Clark University 11-15 - Ithaca, NY - Ithaca College
* * * * * * * * * * * * Dan Deacon on Myspace
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