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Mac DeMarco @ 9:30 Club - 5/23/2017

Mac DeMarco @ 9:30 Club - 5/23/2017

Freewheeling guitars, puns, and crowdsurfing teenagers? Sounds like a Mac DeMarco concert.

The Canadian singer-songwriter released his 3rd full-length album This Old Dog in 2017, and the album is just as introspective as ever, with added vintage synths providing some extra flair to Mac DeMarco's...Mac DeMarco-ness. While the album on a whole sounds more subdued than his previous offerings, it hasn't caused DeMarco and company to slow down their infamous antics too much. In fact, the first night of their sold-out two-night run at 9:30 Club proved that DeMarco and company won’t be calming down anytime soon. (Trigger warning: fidget spinners are involved.)


REVIEW: Mac Demarco - 2

Mac DeMarco should be embarrassed and Ariel Pink should be proud. Mac embarrassed because people keep comparing him to the drugged up, dragged out spectacle of fodder that the Pitchfork scene just loves to eat up. Ariel proud because they keep comparing this up and coming youngster to the indie patriarch that frankly, he is not. Mac DeMarco is the latest in a burgeoning group of artists coming from the Great White North; to this writer he is the greatest Canadian export since Kids In The Hall, Broken Social Scene, or Japandroids. He adopted the genre of jizz jazz: he has an affinity for jazz guitar, and as for the jizz part, he’s just a 22-year-old looking to make the people laugh. Where Ariel failed with another so-so notch in his bedpost with Mature Themes, Mac succeeds with his debut LP, the coyly yet accurately titled 2.

Mac is like many of his contemporaries in that 2 is chock full of future hits wrapped in the past. Each of its 11 songs could easily find their home on a Nuggets comp of the 1960s just as much as they could be on Time Life’s AM Gold in the 1970s. On this year’s Rock & Roll Night Club EP, he indulged himself in the things Mr. Pink might do and what Mac once did in his old band Makeout Videotape. The Betamax hiss gave way to a VHS-like upgrade in quality, while the pitch of his voice was deliberately tampered with, and the tape speed of songs were manipulated to go faster or slower than they were originally. Mac trades all of those facets in for simplicity this time around.