Dan Deacon (and more) at EMPAC

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Dan Deacon performing in Philly last year.

EMPAC has show lined up for Friday night that looks interesting/fun/different/definitely not boring -- Skeletons, Luciano Chessa and Dan Deacon. To wit:

+ Pitchfork called Skeltons' 2007 album Luca "an outsize global-a-go-go mélange of unceasing polyrhythms, Afrobeat guitars, free jazz, and Timbaland's approach to kitchen-sink percussion."

+ Pianist Luciano Chessa is a professor who studies 20th-century music, experimental music, late 14th-century music and Italian hip-hop. He also apparently will be playing a composition for piano and stuffed animals.

+ And here's how NPR's Bob Boilen described a recent performance by Dan Deacon:

Dan Deacon is more like a ringleader than your typical rock star. He's also unassuming. Deacon, a 27 year-old musician from Baltimore, is balding and heavyset with nerdy glasses held together with tape and a goofy smile. But he managed to turn the 9:30 Club audience into a complete circus, transforming the audience into wildly frenetic participants more ably than any other artist I've seen.

Deacon's music has been described as "wildly addictive, electro freak-pop" -- though it just kind of sounds like a party to us.

The show starts Friday at 8 pm in EMPAC's concert hall. Tickets are $15.

photo: Flickr user chriszak

Comments

I can't wait for this show! It's going to be awesome!

i just want to say; i love it that respectable bands are making there way to the capital region as of late (aka: deerhunter). but empac is unfortunately lame. the way its set up is so not "intimate" so the crowd ends up feeling cut off from the actual performers. there is no pit for you to get close to the stage and dance. the deerhunter show was just awkward, b/c of the acoustics inside empac - the time between songs was really quiet. so much so that bradford cox had to break the tension by cracking jokes. a guy like dan deacon would be more suitable for rev hall. hopefully empac changed some things for this show.

Re: Logan - all of the spaces at EMPAC are configured differently and are set-up with the performers, audience, and the shared live experience in mind. We cannot hit it out of the park every time (the Deerhunter stage set-up was less than advantageous in terms of sight lines for some of the audience - that being said, it was EPIC for Boredoms), but I can safely say that set-up for Dan Deacon will be up to snuff (i.e. he's going to be in the middle or close to it, and you will hopefully get there and squeeze your way as close as you can to him to witness the wildness). And by all means, go forth and dance - there will be little to no chairs in the space to accommodate such things. Hope to see you (and you and you and you) on Friday. And Saturday for Garth Knox!

I guess it would also be important to point out that Dan is touring with Nuclear Power Pants (http://www.myspace.com/nuclearpowerpants), who will be going on at 7:30 pm - thus set your alarm 30 minutes earlier. Four acts for $15 ($10 if you are a student, senior, or Rensselaer faculty + staff - a paltry $5 if you are a Rensselaer student)? Get amped.

oh thanks for the info jason. i can't make it for dan deacon. but i'll remember that empac does setup differently for different shows so as to not count them out in the future.
peace!

It is a good news / bad news situation here at EMPAC today in terms of tonight's New Nothing show - the bad news is that Dan Deacon and Nuclear Power Pants have to cancel due to an injury (we hope to reschedule for the spring / future, and we wish Dan Deacon a speedy recovery). The good news, however, is that the replacement is a DJ set by Prefuse 73 (http://www.prefuse73.com/blog/ - http://www.myspace.com/prefusion73) with video by Troy's own lmnopf (http://lmnopf.com/), who will shake Studio 2 in a very different way (dance party!). Prefuse 73 will be throwing down a percussive set that will run from hazy psychedelia to bass-heavy hip-hop to seldom heard sounds from around the globe - be prepared to be surprised and on your feet. You might recall the name lmnopf from the Madlib + Juiceboxxx performance during the EMPAC opening - they were doing up the pixels all over the raised cylindrical screen, and they are now slated to knock it out of the park again. And with Skeleton$ and Luciano Chessa still ready to rock, all systems are set for GO. See you tonight.

And to further muddy the waters: the show starts at 7:30, not 8 pm. Hope some of you / all of you can make it.

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