Dent May, Abraham Levitan of Baby Teeth, Percolator | Schubas | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Dent May, Abraham Levitan of Baby Teeth, Percolator Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Fri., March 6, 10 p.m. 2009

Dent May is not only a fine ukulelist but has also made perhaps the drollest album of comic songs this side of Martin Mull’s Days of Wine and Neuroses. May is so scathingly sardonic and shamelessly hammy that the lightly orchestral indie rock on The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele (Paw Tracks) wouldn’t need to do anything but serve as a delivery vehicle for his wit, but lucky for us he’s actually a talented singer-songwriter—his latest album is like Morrissey doing Perry Como doing the Magnetic Fields’ 69 Love Songs, with the romance swapped out for self-deprecation and disgust. May skewers guys who leave school but not campus in “College Town Boy” (“There must be something in the water here / Something in the beer”), then turns on himself for the jangly “I’m an Alcoholic.” He may pick easy targets, but what makes it work is that he never goes easy on them. Abraham Levitan (of Baby Teeth) and Percolator open. This show is part of the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival. —Jessica Hopper

Price: $10, $8 in advance

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