Dan Deacon, John Maus, and Roomrunner at RiverRocks 2012


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Pics from Thursday’s free show at Pier 84 in Manhattan, which included the grunge (Nirvana) sounds of Roomrunner, the eccentric, synthpop of John Maus, and the electronic dance tunes of the charismatic Dan Deacon.  Pier 84 was packed and the cool breeze kept the temps comfortable for anyone who wasn’t packed in with the sweaty crowd

Audience participation was required for Deacon’s set as he had the crowd part like the Red Sea, run in circles, and have the audience perform a dance-off.  The best part of this show is watching the audience crowd surf, dance, and wave flags.  He can literally get the crowd to do anything for him.  Please don’t start a cult Dan.  Deacon is also my newest hero, after he told one woman in the parted sea to put out her cigarette.  It’s the law lady…

John Maus was another great performance that was intense and melodic.  I’m not sure I got enough shots of him troubled and tortured.  If he wasn’t intensely tortured he was shaking erratically or jumping up and down.  The  music-melodic, hooky, danceable and prerecorded-made for some dark and amazingly beautiful sounds that reminded me of the 90s.

Roomrunner, with some technical difficulties, made out like the angry musicians who storm off the stage when their instruments don’t cooperate, but I think it was more out of facetiousness, rather than actual anger.  And if you couldn’t recognize the Nirvana influence, you were probably born in the late 90s or the aughts.  HAH!  I am so old.

There are just 2 more shows left.  If you’re in New York, check out the next ones.

Photo Gallery from last night’s show:

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