For some reason, Mac DeMarco has become synonymous with the typical skate slacker stylings of today’s rebellious youth. This may have something to do with outrageous stage antics, a large media presence and a devotion to Viceroy cigarettes.
Regardless, DeMarco definitely comes across as someone who does not take himself seriously. Having played over 400 shows in 42 different countries, he’s broadcasted his shenanigans to the world, and those in the DMV can catch him on Sept. 5 at The Anthem.
The ridiculousness of DeMarco’s antics seem to overshadow his consistent hard work and diligence. After fronting “Makeout Videotape,” he swiftly became a leading asset for Brooklyn-based label Captured Tracks.
Since 2012, he’s delivered four full-length albums, a mini LP, three demos, one live/acoustic record and a variety of miscellaneous singles and sketches. He also covers a wide selection of music, from Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmas Time” to Haruomi Hosono’s “Honey Moon.”
Amidst his prolific output, DeMarco still knows how to have a good time. He openly drinks and smokes while performing -- a self-aware homage to the laissez-faire lifestyle his music promotes. The woozy jangle of his guitar is infectious. Spaced-out synths cascade over his singalong style vocal melodies. He’s a pioneer of the ever growing Jizz Jazz genre, a name he initially coined for his small Brooklyn home studio.
While most of DeMarco’s projects feature him as the sole artist, he tours with a group of excellent musicians. Old touring guitarist Peter Sagar now concocts a steamy blend of indie pop and R&B under the moniker Homeshake. Concertgoers can expect to hear a mix of DeMarco’s older material, hits from his 2017 release “This Old Dog,” and if they’re lucky, a six-minute cover of “A Thousand Miles.”
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the performance set to start at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here.