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The Deleted Scenes Keep Breaking Strings


Deleted Scenes | Image by City Paper Digi-Cam

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are a quartet based in Washington, D.C., but they've played shows in Baltimore so often over the past few years that I've seen them almost as often as any local band. And it was gratifying to see the hard-working band's recent full-length debut,

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, greeted with a surprising amount of press, including an

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from Pitchfork. On Friday, the band returned to Baltimore to kick off a six-week tour in support of the album with a set at the Hexagon.

Playing selections from their album, the Deleted Scenes alternated between the lilting keyboard-driven "Ithaca" and harder rocking material such as the lurching, noisy "Mortal Sin." But the constant was singer/guitarist Dan Scheuerman's shy, spazzy but strangely compelling stage presence, and his tendency to break strings on his guitar nearly every time the band plays a show. Halfway through the band's set, it broke out a trio of new songs that hinted at new directions, including the uptempo and entertainingly titled "Burglarizing The Deaf."

, a duo from Massachusetts, jokingly introduced itself as an Andrew W.K. cover band, but the description wasn't far off, with its bright, fast, synth-pop songs and over-the-top energy. The duo made the kind of music that is only really possibly to dance to by awkwardly bobbing back and forth like a toddler, but during its set, the audience at the Hexagon looked like a really happy bunch of toddlers. I was interested to see the last act of the night, the highly buzzed about local band

. And maybe it was just a consequence of seeing them right after one very good band and one OK but very entertaining band, but their fuzzy, fitful guitar rock didn't leave a great first impression, and felt like kind of a downer at the end of the show.

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