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Preview: Dent May

Noah Bonaparte Pais on the musician coming to Gasa Gasa Jan. 17



Not to stereotype too broadly — just narrowly — but Dent May is not your typical Mississippi musician. The Jackson native, who looks like a teenage Dwight Schrute rocking an extended Burt Bacharach retrospective (clue No. 1), debuted in 2009 on Animal Collective's Paw Tracks imprint (clue No. 2) wielding a security blanket he called his Magnificent Ukulele (clue No. 3). Singing in a creamy croon that swoops between daredevil falsettos and faux-baritones, May's albums juggle sincerely weird originality, expert early '70s tributes and ersatz pastiches: Serge Gainsbourg portrayed by Peter Sellers, or The Beach Boys as interpreted by the Monkees as reinterpreted by painstakingly bedazzled Muppet sock puppets (clues No. 4-12). The strummy shoobee-doobee-ness of The Good Feeling Music of Dent May and His Magnificent Ukulele is so affable and laughable, it's easy to forgive the twee affectations — and the many moments when May sounds like he's leafing through Jens Lekman's Moleskine. On Do Things and 2013's Warm Blanket, the Velveeta is grilled between slices of Ariel Pink-styled AM funk ("Let Them Talk") and the lighter side of Of Montreal's dance-circle disco ("Born Too Late"), guilty pleasures by a proven innocent. Native America and Pope open. Tickets $8. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

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