Top 5 shows of the weekend

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I want to kick things off by rejoicing about the start of the football* season, which begins on Saturday (*translation: soccer, real football). I suppose some would say the MLS is currently in season already, but let’s be honest, the quality is about as good as my beloved Oxford United. The summer is a long and treacherous struggle without the beautiful game and come 7:45am our time on Saturday, the cold turkey is no more, and the inevitable heartache will ensue (again, Oxford Utd fan here…). Anyway, the humidity is supposed to drop, temperatures are going to be good, so enjoy the outdoors and a few shows!

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Live review: Deerhoof played Webster Hall Marlin Room

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Deerhoof brought their current tour to a close with a career-spanning party at the Marlin room on Saturday night.

I prefer the Marlin Room to the Studio downstairs (and the ballroom, naturally), it’s a nice sized space with a low ceiling and good sight lines, there is some sound bleed from the other rooms, but aside from that the sound was fine. Although it does suffer from extortionate liquor prices!

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

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It’s already been a fine week for gigs so far, with neo-classical being the order of things until now (reviews for A Winged Victory for the Sullen and Max Richter coming soon!), but it’s time to swap bowed instruments for guitars, and a bit of brass, with the weekend choices.

5) The Budos Band at Brooklyn Bowl
Daptone Records’ The Budos Band returned last year with Burnt Offering, their first record in four years, the album captures their funk roots but adds some trippier, darker tones to their sound. It’s a fine marriage and Brooklyn Bowl will be grooving in a sea of bass and brass. Friday and Saturday (doors 6pm, show 9pm)

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Deerhoof + David Bazan = DeerBazan

Singing over a Deerhoof vs. Evil jam called “No One Asked to Dance,” David Bazan (from Pedro the Lion! from Headphoens!) has crafted the new song “No One Asked Bazan to Dance.” It’s side A of the split 7″ series that Deerhoof are curating, featuring a bunch of indie rock heavy hitters. Check out the song below, and order the 7” HERE.

Tonight: Deerhoof and friends at Le Poisson Rouge

As a part of Carnegie Hall’s JapanNYC Festival presented by the awesome people at Wordless Music present a night of modern Japanese-inspired fun at Le Poisson Rouge. Deerhoof will headsline, supported by Ichi, a one-man band “combining steel-drum with ping-pong balls, tape-loops with double bass and trumpet with bongos, all in the space of one short set,” as well as If By Yes, a duo of Petra Haden and Yuka Honda, creating avante-pop jams.

Fresh of the tails of their latest Deerhoof vs. Evil, Deerhoof are one of the greatest cases for going to see live music in this day and age. They combine all the classic great elements of seeing a live band – the instrumentation, and even to some extent the song structures – with the crazed spazzery of noise bands. After seeing them at Europa last month, I can’t imagine not going back for more. If you have ever enjoyed seeing live music, you will enjoy seeing Deerhoof.

Below, check out the cool video for Deerhoof’s “The Merry Barracks,” where people’s heads start exploding. Metaphoric!

Deerhoof played Europa

Take a song – in this case songs written by them, but not necessarily – and have Deerhoof play it. They will play it accurately. They will play it loudly. And they will fuck it up in a way that makes you rethink what you thought about songs in the first place and why you think you might play them. Last night the band played a powerhouse set at Europa, celebrated frontwoman Satomi Matsuzaki’s birthday and in general proved that they are one of the most important live bands currently on the scene.
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Pool Party Highlight: Xiu Xiu and Deerhoof Play "She's Lost Control"

We’re still not sure why singer Jamie Stewart was folding his left wrist like that for the entire set, but Xiu Xiu and Deerhoof’s full rendition of Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures was a pretty great way to start this summer’s Pool Parties. “She’s Lost Control” was the highlight (thanks for the video unartig) to a fun day in the sun. We were happy to see that Roberta’s and the Meat Hook were added as vendors. And left utterly perplexed by the fact that people seemed to enjoy the band Why? Why indeed! We’re already looking forward to next week’s lineup.

Pool Party Highlight: Xiu Xiu and Deerhoof Play "She's Lost Control"

We’re still not sure why singer Jamie Stewart was folding his left wrist like that for the entire set, but Xiu Xiu and Deerhoof’s full rendition of Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures was a pretty great way to start this summer’s Pool Parties. “She’s Lost Control” was the highlight (thanks for the video unartig) to a fun day in the sun. We were happy to see that Roberta’s and the Meat Hook were added as vendors. And left utterly perplexed by the fact that people seemed to enjoy the band Why? Why indeed! We’re already looking forward to next week’s lineup.