AC Newman and Dent May at the Casbah Chris Mutter 2.27.9
AC Newman’s performance at the Casbah on Wednesday night was good but not great, interesting yet not intriguing, and strong while being far from powerful. The music was there, a good blend of vocals and instrumentation, which really came together during the performance of “All of My Days and All of My Days Off.” The passion was there, as you could tell that the band was happy to perform and really appreciated their fans. While there isn’t really anything bad to say about the performance, or the music, AC Newman just failed to inspire.
The real gem of the night was unearthed by the performance of Dent May, whose ukulele fronted band shined like a diamond in the middle of a rough long week. At first sight Dent May looked like the nerd you used to sit next to and cheat off of in high school chemistry. As the set progressed there was the realization that he was probably the coolest guy in the room. The sound was what you would expect if the Beach Boys covered Weezer’s “Pinkerton.” The songs were light hearted, fun, and sprinkled with comedy. Dent May was the perfect cure to an otherwise bland Wednesday night.