Deerhoof’s sound can be loosely described as punk rock, but how many other punk bands have played with Yoko Ono and had their songs covered by The Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh? On their latest album, La Isla Bonita, the Bay Area group plunges into straight-up punk blasts like “Exit Only,” with its distorted guitars abruptly colliding. But they also segue into such dream-pop interludes as “Mirror Monster,” where singer Satomi Matsuzaki coos gently over a sea of fluttering, watery guitars. Other tracks range from the funky art-rock of “Last Fad” to the percussive jangle of “Paradise Girls.” Crystal Skulls have a breezier style, combining stop-and-start chords with the poppy vocals of Christian Wargo (Fleet Foxes). Songs like “Airport Motels” and “Hussy” are flecked with clean, shimmering guitars that brighten Wargo’s laidback delivery.

Mon., Nov. 17, 8 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 11/17/14)

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