Deerhunter + Marnie Stern + Stagnant Pools
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After the sad and dreamy Halcyon Digest, Deerhunter followed this year with the scuzzier, fuzzier Monomania. With a track called "Leather Jacket II" slathered in distortion, Bradford Cox is in a more rock & roll mood on the group's sixth album. Not that the singer ever lacked for punk gravitas. Onstage, Cox can be belligerent and mercurial. He has the fight-or-flight of a guy who's been through a life of catching shit—for being thin, for his sexuality, for wearing skirts—which is what grants his music sincerity and power. He's one of the few front-men who can effectively pull off sounding like a wan, wounded poet and like a 17-foot god bully. The Atlantans can easily slip into epic psychedelic motorik during shows, but the new record is little more nuggety, off-the-cuff and classicist. Shucks, the doo-woppy "Sleepwalking" and "Dream Captain" could find a home inside a table-top jukebox in a retro malt shop. That skirt could have a poodle on it.