So, I've seen Deerpeople before, and I was impressed then. But their set at The Buffalo Lounge was incredible. Like, "I feel bad that you weren't here with us" incredible.
A list of things that happened while Deerpeople played:
1. Bubble makers went nuts, filling the venue with sticky glycerine goodness.
2. A guy in a deer head fought a guy with giant tentacles made of crutches.
3. The three dancers together underwent double-digit costume changes (in a half-hour set).
4. Mardi Gras masks were worn and discarded.
5. Fans moshed.
6. A drama unfolded before our eyes.
7. A giant insect-like head was unveiled briefly.
8. Dancers morphed around in trashbags and then emerged.
9. A suit of armor was donned for the final battle (made out of arts and crafts, but impressive ones).
Yes, that all happened in (roughly) a half-hour. And Deerpeople played smashing renditions of their dance-influenced indie rock to score the whole thing. It was entirely unreal. I can't believe I witnessed it.
The last tune, with everything happening at once, was sensory overload. There's no other way to explain it. It was brilliant.