For Darwin Deez, a sense of whimsy goes a long way. Frontman Darwin Smith in particular is but one part of the quirky image the band is striving for/achieves. Smith's hipster perm, hippie headband, and astoundingly long neck above which that curly mop hangs all serve to convey an indelible image that meshes well with the band's alarmingly catchy pop roots. It's a wonder songs from the band's eponymous debut never became more ubiquitous than being featured in a few random commercials. On the band's latest effort, 2013's "Songs For Imaginative People," Deez takes a step forward, softening a bit of the catchiness with altered song structures and dimmer lyrics to obtain a more mature sound, while retaining the jangly guitars early fans are sure to recognize.
Darwin Deez plays Saturday, September 28, 5 p.m. at the Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. Skirts and The Big are also slated to perform. $10-$15. Bugjar.com.