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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tonight in Music: Deerhoof, Kevin Seconds, Swim Swam Swum

Posted by Ethan Jayne on Tue, Jul 6, 2010 at 9:00 AM

DEERHOOF, THE DONKEYS, SOUTHEAST ENGINE (Berbati's Pan, 10 SW 3rd) I can't tell you the precise date that Deerhoof, now 15 years into their relationship with Kill Rock Stars, first drank from the musical fountain of youth, but what matters is Greg Saunier, Satomi Matsuzaki, and company still sound as vibrant and revelatory as ever. While the band has kept things relatively low-profile since their last proper full length, 2008's Offend Maggie, 2010 did see the vinyl reissues of Apple O' and Green Cosmos, as well as a full plate of festival dates—notably pairing up with Xiu Xiu in Austria for a live, collaborative tribute to Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures. Brimming with the same creative zeal and self-determination they've had all along, Deerhoof still sound like they'll be putting out great albums in another 15 years. Expect the next record, whenever it drops, to continue the damn-near perfect streak they've been riding since Reveille. ETHAN JAYNE

KEVIN SECONDS, ALEXANDER HUDJOHN, DYLAN SUMMERS (Hawthorne Theatre Lounge, 1507 SE 39th) Punk is not jazz, nor is it blues, so when any punk—legendary or otherwise—hits their 40s, it's a shock to witness them alive, not to mentioning performing music. Much like punk economics—where for decades it was acceptable to charge more for a cheaply made CD than it was for its elaborately packaged LP counterpart—there is an unfair caste system to growing old in a genre that never really planned this far ahead. What I'm trying to say is, the Kevin Seconds is playing a tiny lounge and you really should go. He probably won't play "Walk Together, Rock Together," and a circle pit is most certainly not encouraged, but Seconds' acoustic solo material is immersed in Americana and thoroughly enjoyable. Also, whatever you do, don't get in his face and try to finger-point; you might jab the man in his eye. EAC


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