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Destroyer Got Rejected By Jazz Festivals, Which Is Good for Pop Fans

If you are excited about Destroyer coming to town -- and we certainly are -- you can thank the world of jazz. When songwriter/vocalist Dan Bejar, who essentially is Destroyer, set out for another round of touring behind the 18-month-old, critically adored Kaputt, he had a specific goal in mind.

"I tried to book a tour entirely composed of jazz festivals," Bejar says. "That was kind of the impetus. It failed miserably, so we're just doing a normal tour."

Kaputt, with its softcore gauziness and synthetic textures, shares a certain commonality with the kind of smooth jazz you used to hear on KYOT. But the jazzbos weren't having it.

"[The jazz of Kaputt is] definitely kind of tapered into a kind of synth-based disco balladry," Bejar says, "but the stuff floating around it has some overlap with that world. But I don't think the jazz world is too convinced; they shut us down. We're playing a few in Canada, and maybe one in Europe, but in general, they weren't fooled."

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.