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Darwin Deez, Caged Animals, Fanno Creek 

When: Sun., March 3, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $10-12
Look, Darwin Deez's first album annoyed the shit out of me. At the time of his 2010 self-titled debut, I also lived in Brooklyn, and he seemed like just one more headbanded dude with a pervy 'stache capitalizing on his ability to write irritating hooks, epitomized by the song "Constellations." People who liked it called it whimsical. But as much as it hurts me to say it, this second album has won me over. This, despite the fact that its title is Songs for Imaginative People. Deez (AKA Darwin Smith) has traded Brooklyn for Asheville, North Carolina, and cutesy for an authentically bizarre aesthetic. It sure helps that he knows how to play a guitar, but the main thing is his outré songwriting, which has rightfully given rise to comparisons with Prince and Beck. From the strange, hookless opener "(800) Human" to the vaguely loungey vibe of the final song, "Chelsea's Hotel," I was captured. REBECCA WILSON

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