Deerhoof | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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I used to think of Deerhoof's music as a sublime juxtaposition--sweet pop melodies brutally colliding with angular riffs and rhythms--but on their forthcoming and best album, The Runners Four (Kill Rock Stars/5RC), those elements seem inseparably intertwined. Recorded in their Oakland practice space without the elaborate multitracking that's given previous efforts such a supernatural feel, the disc conveys all the immediacy and power of the band's live shows. Satomi Matsuzaki's wiry bass lines lock in with Greg Saunier's relentless drumming while guitarists Chris Cohen and John Dieterich trade invigorating counterrhythms and shards of melody; Matsuzaki's vocals, more complex and sophisticated than ever before, are still oddly soothing thanks to her tiny wisp of a voice. On songs like "Running Thoughts" and "Wrong Time Capsule," her singing combines with the group's multipart constructions to create just the right balance of tension and release. Home Recording Project opens. Sun 9/25, 7 PM, Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie, 773-252-6179, $10 in advance, $12 at the door. All ages.

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