Thu. music picks: Dan Deacon

Wild dance man sparks party at the Cedar. Plus: Small Pools, Eric Bibb.


Updated 5/14/2015

Dan Deacon

7:30 p.m. • Cedar Cultural Center • $15

Baltimore’s classically trained electronic dance-rock maestro Deacon has put on some of the most memorable free-form/audience-participatory shows the Twin Cities has seen over the past half-decade, from his dance-off throw-downs on the floor of First Avenue to his impromptu set in the parking garage of Walker Art Center when a rainstorm drenched Rock the Garden 2013. He’s similarly all over the place on his latest record, “Gliss Riffer.” Mystical psychedelic acts Prince Rama and Ben O’Brien open. Chris Riemenschneider

 

Small Pools

6:30 p.m. • Triple Rock • all ages • sold out

It’s no wonder RCA snapped up this Hype Machine-tipped quartet in 2013. Never mind that the salon-cut indie bros had never played a show. Each of their forcibly chipper pop songs seems aimed at “indie” summer smash. The L.A. band is touring on its one-dimensional debut album, “Lovetap!” — an all-smiles journey down the same shimmery road as Passion Pit, Phoenix and Walk the Moon. Synth-happy songs such as “Dreaming,” the single that broke Small Pools, do little to distinguish themselves from the next, save for the rhythmic whimsy of “9 to 5.” But hey, people like ’em. With Hunter Hunted.Michael Rietmulder

 

Eric Bibb

8 p.m. • Dakota Jazz Club • $25-$30

Last seen in the Twin Cities sharing a stage with Ruthie Foster, guitarist/vocalist Bibb plays the blues with a hushed intensity. Last year’s “Blues People” album featured all kinds of guests including Taj Mahal, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Linda Tillery, Popa Chubby and Foster, but none of them tilted the tone or upstaged Bibb. Jon Bream

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