Dent May and His Magnificent Ukulele, March 2, Neurolux 

From behind a pair of round, oversized glasses, pasty ukulele strummer Dent May croons loungey lines like, "The softest boy in Mississippi would like to know why you're so pretty. Whoa, whoa." The Magnetic Field's lead singer Stephin Merritt's ironic vocal counterpart, May's quivering, yet authoritatively deep buttery bellow rattles the ice in its bourbon, slaps you lightly on the ass and asks when the meatloaf will be ready.

Discovered by Animal Collective while they were recording Merriweather Post Pavilion, the band signed to Paw Tracks Records and released their first full-length, The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele. A variety of instruments like horns, maracas and, of course, the ukulele, imbues songs like "Oh, Paris!" with a shooby-do, Copacabana quality. Other songs are overshadowed by blatantly tongue-in-cheek themes, like "College Town Boy," in which May harshly asks, "College town boy, how does it feel to be nothing? I wouldn't know."

May and his band recently embarked on a tour that has them opening for both A.C. Newman and Animal Collective. While neither act is on the Boise bill, it's still sure to be a toe-tapping, finger-snapping sweater-vest fest.

Monday, March 2, with The Very Most, 8 p.m., $5. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0866.

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