The Secret Handshake Continues To Confuse, Buzz, Overhype the '90s
One the one hand, I don't really see what makes him so different from the throngs of other like-minded acts around town, or why he's gotten so much love from various outlets--like when the tastemakers at My Old Kentucky Blog hyped him big time about a year and a half ago, or, even today, when the New York Post's pop culture blog takes the time to hype his tour (and offer a free download of a remix to one of his tracks), even though he's going nowhere near NYC on it.
On the other hand, he does seem to be creating his music with a little bit of irony and a little tongue-in-cheek sensibility, like he knows there's far more to music than the Hot Topic scene. After all, there are elements of hip-hop, trance and house music piped into his otherwise dance-y mall-punk sound. And, he's either just a goofy kid or a genius (ill-advised Skee-Lo cover aside) who's way ahead of the game on the whole "The '90s are the new '80s" bit when he
At the very least, he does seem likeable--a little bit moreso than the others within the area mall punk scene because he does seem to have a sense of humor that isn't wholly manufactured. With the release of his new album, My Name Up In Lights, due out on April 21, maybe we'll all get a better sense of how to feel about Dubuc's music.
Or, if your sad ass doesn't have a Valentine's Day date for tomorrow night, you can see him perform tomorrow night at The Max, previewing some of these new tracks.
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene with music features, additional online music listings and show picks. We'll also send special ticket offers and music promotions available only to our Music Newsletter subscribers.