New York’s answer to Guy Smiley, Darwin Deez, interprets pop in a very different way than Katy Perry. It’s something evidenced by his song “Radar Detector” and the latest video for it (behold the adorbz factor below), featuring fourth graders from New York City’s P.S. 217. Unlike Perry’s attempt at getting down with the kids via Sesame Street, Deez avoids offending anyone and lets the youngsters do the performing on his behalf.



The premiere of Deez’s new video also coincides with him kicking off a solid North American tour, starting tonight in Allston, MA. The popster will spend the rest of this month and half of the next performing shows across the US, along with Fol Chen on select dates (and S. Carey and Sea Of Bees in Chicago). And after he finishes touring, that’s when other things will start popping off—Deez is set to release his self-titled album on February 22 via Lucky Number.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zmwubEqD6g



Tour Dates For Darwin Deez:

1/13 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
1/14 – Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar
1/15 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
1/16 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas (with S. Carey and Sea Of Bees)
1/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry*

1/19 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge*

1/21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court*

1/22 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux*

1/24 – Vancouver, BC @ The Media Club*
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1/25 – Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project*

1/26 – Portland, OR @ Holocene*

1/28 – San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern*

1/29 – Los Angeles, CA – The Satellite (formerly Spaceland)
1/31 – San Diego, CA @ The Loft (UCSD)

2/1 – Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture

2/3 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s Alternative Lounge

2/4 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs

2/5 – Denton, TX @ Hailey

2/7 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone Cafe

2/8 – Nashville, TN – The End

2/9 – Birmingham, AL – Spring Street Firehouse

2/10 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder

2/11 – Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn

2/12 – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor

2/14 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506

2/16 – Charlottesville, VA – Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar

2/17 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage

2/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie

2/19 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom



* with Fol Chen