In the wake of MGMT and Amazing Baby, a whole NYC-via-Wesleyan clique has emerged, including the dance-pop parody band Boy Crisis, whose founding member, Tal Rozen, as a prospective student, slept on MGMT frontman/mastermind Andrew VanWyngarden's dorm-room floor. "I remember he had all these Phish posters on the wall," Rozen recalls of the digs. "I was like, 'Who is this Teva-wearing motherfucker?'"
When Rozen finally matriculated at Wesleyan, his freshman-year roommate soon became his Boy Crisis bandmate: Victor Vazquez, himself half of stoner-rap duo Das Racist, they of the hilariously mundane summer-'09 blog smash "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell." Boy Crisis, whose debut record is due early next year, traffics in the same sort of surrealist silliness: The chorus to infectious single "Dressed to Digress" goes, "You can do me like Bruce Springsteen/Ask the swim team/Pass the string beans."
That clique isn't confined to musicians either. Filmmaker Ray Tintori has built a promising early career on his contributions to the MGMT's video library, including the psychedelic "Time to Pretend" clip. He recently returned to Wesleyan with Boy Crisis to shoot a clip for "Dressed to Digress," a clever satirization of pop stardom, running neon splatter patterns across Middletown's drab backdrop as Boy Crisis's members fly across the screen, dancing pseudo-sexily. Catch the real-life version this Wednesday at the 786 party at Purdy Lounge, which will host Boy Crisis's first Miami show.
Wednesday, March 24. With Hopeless, DJ Sevim Abaza, and others. Purdy Lounge, 1811 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $10 in advance; ages 21 and up; offtheradarevents.ticketleap.com
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