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The above video is Deerhoof performing "+81" at Neumo's.

If last night’s Deerhoof show at Neumo’s proved

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Last Night: Deerhoof at Neumo's

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The above video is Deerhoof performing "+81" at Neumo's.

If last night’s Deerhoof show at Neumo’s proved anything, it’s that the band’s formula is anything but as simple as the three-piece minimalistic setup may suggest.

Case in point: Black Black, the unfortunate opening act. Sure, it was cool that the trio took the stage with black makeup on their face and hands. If only they’d taken as much care in their songwriting. Black Black confessed early in their set that Deerhoof was one of their favorite bands. It would have been nice if they’d taken a few pointers.

Deerhoof spikes between familiar indie-rock territory, ‘70s jock-rock and jazz, all the while maintaining a crunching garage rock that is melodic, unrefined and intensely-rhythmic. These characteristics are magnified live, where the band hops easily (though not seamlessly, and that seems to be the point) between hip-hop and riff-rock.

The band is spearheaded by drummer and spiritual leader Greg Saunier, who uses his entire body to play crap-kicking back beats, and even more to play the refrained softies.

What’s stunning about a Deerhoof show is how much rock the trio’s able to squeeze out of themselves, and ignite the dancefloor into a field of heads bobbing in agreement.

 
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