Every-Colored Technicolor Dream-Pop: Dent May and Jack Name
by Dave Segal
on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 10:32 AM
(Chop Suey) Headliner Dent May is a fey, ukulele-playing singer-songwriter from Mississippi who records for Animal Collective's Paw Tracks label. His newest album, Warm Blanket, fleshes out his sound with electronic elements and bigger beats, with May's vocals sounding like a cross between Edwyn Collins and Mayer Hawthorne.Blanket's best song, "Born Too Late," possesses a string-laden homage to John Barry's "Midnight Cowboy" theme, so my previous indifference toward May has receded a bit. The main attraction tonight, though, is Jack Name (the tour guitarist for White Fence), whose Light Show is a mind-bonking rock carnival ranging from frenzied bubblegum glam to Codeined fantasias to "Pure Terror," the most glorious psych-pop tune this side of Mercury Rev's "Car Wash Hair." And more. Read the article about Jack Name, "Run for the Shadows," in the January 22 issue. With Acapulco Lips.