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Friday, April 10, 2009

Drink up, Dan Deacon's in the mix this weekend

By Jonathan Williams

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My first experience with Dan Deacon was at last year's Corndogorama, when I stumbled somewhat drunkenly into Lenny's after checking out some of the bands on the outdoor stages. If my memory serves me correctly, he closed out a night that also included local party bands such as Judi Chicago and Noot d' Noot.

I mostly just remember smiling for the next half hour or so as a guy I never really saw (unless you count the glowing green skull next to him) twiddled various knobs, peddles and electronic instruments while singing in a chipmunk like voice to create some of the most bizarrely entertaining dance music I'd ever heard.

Considering that Deacon performed on the floor, inciting circle pits and other audience participation while many fans observed from the vantage point of the stage, the Masquerade's downstairs venue known as Hell seems like the perfect place to see him with its raised viewing areas surrounding the dance floor. Do yourself a favor and stumble in somewhat inebriated like I did. His brand of insane electronica and interactive live performance seems like it's meant to be experienced under such intoxicating circumstances.

Dan Deacon w/Future Islands, Teeth Mountain and Mini Destroy. $10. 9 p.m. April 10. Masquerade, 695 North Ave. 404-577-8178.

Check out more dance and DJ events below the jump.

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Electrohurtz. There are only two more installments of this monthly video dance party before it moves to a new (and still undisclosed) venue. So if you like being able to dance to VJ Anthony's new wave and '80s alternative videos on one level, with the option to venture downstairs for DJ Omac's mix of electroclash, industrial and EBM, you only have two more opportunities to do so at the Mark (which seems like the ideal location for just such a dual party).

$7-$10. 10 p.m. April 10. The Mark, 79 Poplar St. 678-904-0050.

The Naughty Bunny Party. For many of us, Easter involves hunting for eggs, going to church and participating in other family activities. But if chocolate bunnies conjure up less wholesome images for you, you might want to check out Sutra's pre-Easter party. DJ Krillz will be spinning top 40 and popular dance music while provocatively dressed bunnies show off their cottontails.

$10. 10 p.m. April 11. Sutra Lounge, 1136 Crescent Ave. N.E. 404-607-1160.

The Future of Atlanta Party. Local funk dup Futureshock is being awfully generous, offering The 3D Mixtape as a free download prior to the April 10 release of the Kinetic Rhythm Energy EP. And you can experience the band's unique mix of punk, soul, hip-hop and dance with a free show at Lenny's on Monday. They'll even have free 3D glasses at the show.

Free. 9 p.m. April 13. Lenny's, 486 Decatur St. 404-577-7721.

(Photo by Jonathan Purvis)

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