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Music: Dan Deacon at the El Rey

October 18, 2012

It takes nerve to title a record "America," a loaded word if there ever was one, and acclaimed electronic music performer Dan Deacon is embracing the challenge. Deacon, whose middle-of-the-crowd gigs, in which he sets up his gear in the pit and rocks hard along with fans rocking hard to his music, are some of the most frenzied and inspiring shows witnessed in recent years. He's also a video artist and combines his frantic neon-colored mantra clips with like-minded music to create a modern-day A.V. overload writ large. And on his new, artistically record "America," the Baltimore-based composer attempts to stretch his creative ideas further — to mixed though often thrilling results. The El Rey, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. $17. theelrey.com.

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