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Darwin Deez evolves to perform at Kilby Court this weekend

Published February 26, 2013 11:11 am

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As a general rule, I never ask musicians to name their genre, because they usually resent the question and start railing about being pigeonholed.

So I didn't ask Darwin Deez, but he happily told me what he does without prompting: "Indie pop-rock."

Darwin Deez's birth name is Darwin Smith, and is returning to Kilby Court after a star-making appearance the last time he performed there. "We did have a really good show there last time," Deez said in a phone interview.

In February, Darwin Deez released his second album "Songs For Imaginative People," and his imagination goes far beyond his dynamic jheri curls. "I'm susceptible to romantic fantasies," he said. "I pay attention to [dreams]."

Besides performing a casual, fanciful style of guitar-pop that utilizes computers and electronics to provide beats, Deez is known for dancing during his shows. "I did tap-dancing lessons for a while," said the Asheville, North Carolina resident and Wesleyan University alum. "The rest is natural."

Hang Time and Caged Animals are also on the bill.

When • Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m.Where • Kilby Court, 741 S. (330 West), Salt Lake CityTickets • $10 in advance, $12 day of, at 24Tix