Deerhoof, Proud Parents, Solid Freex

  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States

Since the mid-'90s, the prolific San Francisco outfit Deerhoof have repeatedly made a name for themselves in the left-field indie-rock and experimental realms, fusing their signature sportive attitude with insatiable noise-pop jams. While their early sound was more spontaneous and indebted to a DIY/punk ethos, by the mid-2000s they playfully began using electronics and adroitly harnessing the polarity between acrobatic playing, fierce rhythms (led by dexterous drummer Greg Saunier) and the deadpan vocals of native Japanese singer/bassist Satomi Matsuzaki. With irreverent aplomb, Deerhoof really broke into their own on the Kill Rock Stars label beginning with the melodically rich Milk Man (2004), and later on critical darlings like The Runners Four (2005) and Offend Maggie (a personal favorite) in 2008. Their latest full-length, The Magic (2016), has been promoted as a return to fundamentals, but that's somewhat selling it short. It's a moody record that shows the band seamlessly genre-hopping and even trying on a few new hats with the humorously abstract, almost psychedelic cover of The Ink Spots' "I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire." But The Magic truly shines through consistency and chemistry between Deerhoof's members. The technically beautiful interplay of Ed Rodríguez and John Dieterich's guitars define the initial seconds of the powerhouse "The Devil And His Anarchic Surrealist Retinue" and Matsuzaki endearingly stutters on the self-deprecating, self-aware "Acceptance Speech." Their assuredly eclectic playlist will be the perfect match for this show's two local opening acts, power-pop rockers Proud Parents and newly formed noise-punk trio Solid Freex.  —Grant Phipps