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Dan Deacon @ Troubadour 4.22.09

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Dan Deacon, the Baltimore whiz kid with the big glasses and even bigger soundtrack, managed to run his veggie-powered bus through Los Angeles last week, just in time to unload his monster ensemble on stage behind him and get the party movin'.

Unless you live or die by the reviews on Pitchfork, it might be a bit of a stretch to say that Dan is a household name, which truly is unfortunate. His happy brand of sound cacophony really is a wonderful mixture of lighthearted piano, overworked synth, and quick-and-fast beats. And with so much going on, one would think it too easy to get lost in the noise, but the truth is the conservatory-trained Deacon never flounders, on stage or behind a wall of studio tweaking.