Art Pop (San Francisco)

The unstoppable Art Pop juggernaut known as Deerhoof just keeps doing things its own way, transcending momentary trends in favor of whatever sonic explorations might pique its fancy at any given moment. And, as usual, it’s not just about the songs; it’s also the way in which the San Francisco quartet interacts with its audience: The band’s latest album, Deerhoof vs. Evil, was initially leaked one track at a time to different websites all over the world, creating a crafty, scavenger hunt-type element that synchs well with Deerhoof’s unpredictable creative whims. After 11 albums in 14 years, only one thing is certain: Singer Satomi Matsuzaki’s sugar-sweet vocals and non-sequitur lyrics will have you both charmed and perplexed — pretty much like everything else this utterly unique band does.

You’ll Dig It If You Dig: Ponytail, Captain Beefheart fronted by Yoko Ono, Yoko Ono backed by The Dirty Projectors. (Jason Gargano, CityBeat)

~ “Deerhoof makes the difficult wonderful.” (The New Yorker)

~ “The best band in the world.” (Pitchfork)

~ “One of the most original rock bands to have come along in the last decade.” (The New York Times)

~ "Still the weirdest sounding rock foursome anywhere.... With their bravura juxtaposition of 'WTF?' wordplay and preposterous sonic logic-leaps, Deerhoof are coming close to knocking the Flaming Lips off their exalted perch." (Uncut)