Deerhunter’s brief career has been defined by quick success, an unsteady lineup and primary songwriter/singer Bradford Cox’s penchant for extremism. Extremism may be too strong a word. Cox seems like the real deal, a genuinely provocative guy in the long tradition of outspoken and eccentric gay Southern artists. He likes to perform in drag. He likes to maintain a blog that’s extremely open and long-winded, sometimes to a painful degree. But is his behavior a performance art related aspect of the band’s aesthetic, or does Cox simply really like attention? Does it matter? The din of controversy and polarization surrounding Deerhunter has unfortunately served to eclipse the strengths of the band's music.