Concert preview: Darwin Deez’s Ace of Cups show hopes to recapture the best of ’90s MTV

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From the March 21, 2013 edition

“I think I love you are horrible,” sings Darwin Deez on recent single “You Can’t Be My Girl,” and it approximates the typical response to the North Carolina-born Wesleyan dropout’s digitized indie rock.

There’s a lot to like about Deez, particularly the way his guitar-charged music and humorous videos recapture the best aspects of mid-’90s MTV.

Still, his nasal vocals and pseudo-philosophical lyrics conspire to block the shine. The songs start out exceedingly promising, but after repeated exposure they start to gnaw.

Still, there’s a good chance his show Monday at Ace of Cups with Caged Animals and June66 will be farcically fun.