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Deerhoof, Palm, Robert Lundberg (free)

  • Union South Sett 1308 West Dayton Street Madison, WI, 53715 United States (map)

A live Deerhoof set is pretty hard to beat. Info


For all of the eccentricity that runs through its albums, Deerhoof has also endured as a furiously fun live rock 'n' roll band. The San Francisco outfit has always given itself room to experiment over the past 25 years, from the maniacal waltz of "Giga Dance" on 2004's Milk Man to the tender acoustics of "No One Asked To Dance" from 2011's Deerhoof Vs. Evil to the multiple vocal collaborations of 2017's Mountain Moves to last year's Deerhoof Plays Music Of The Shining. And your typical Deerhoof show isn't necessarily at odds with all that depth. It's just that few things are more joyous in the moment than watching Greg Saunier play drums, as John Dieterich and Ed Rodriguez fit together bright shards of guitar and Satomi Matsuzaki brings it all into delirious melodic cohesion. While it's still all quite whimsical, it hits too hard to ever come off as precious. I've heard a few Deerhoof records over the years that didn't connect, but I've yet to see a less-than-memorable Deerhoof live set. At this free campus show, Deerhoof is nicely matched with the exuberantly math-y Philadelphia band Palm and Madison bassist Rob Lundberg, who has been recording new solo pieces with Dieterich producing. —Scott Gordon

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