In one of the more inspired pairings seen around the region in some time, two musical acts that feature avant-garde approaches will share the stage at one of the more intimate venues Dallas boasts.
Opening the evening is Deerhoof, which has evolved their sound from wild noise rock contrasted with the nonsensical vocals of Japanese singer Satomi Matsuzaki to a much more polished and melodic aesthetic of late. Lovably unpredictable and kooky, and boasting some damn good musicians, Deerhoof had been slowly leaking their excellent new album Deerhood vs. Evil for the past several months prior to its official release earlier this week.
Headliner Yann Tiersen, meanwhile, has followed a more traditional career arc, known more for his soundtrack work on the movie Amelie than for his more experimental solo recordings. A composer and performer with a knack for working traditional French folk music instrumentation with crashing guitars, processed voices and, on last year's Dust Lane release, analog synths, Tiersen may incorporate more traditional elements into his songwriting, but the end result is no less experimental than Deerhoof's output.
Yann Tiersen, Deerhoof
Considering that this is the only night the paths of these two tours cross, this show should prove an interesting one, to say the least.
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