San Francisco, CA
Deerhoof serve as Sled Island 2018 guest curator on the eve of the 25th year of their chameleonic journey as a juggernaut art rock band.
Across 14 studio albums and numerous other ventures, the unpredictable Deerhoof have kept listeners on their toes with a static shock of mutation at every turn. To capture the full scope of their output would require one to write a book, and we expect one day somebody will do just that.
For now, let’s take a look at a few snapshots along the highlight reel. They’ve recorded sessions for the legendary John Peel, were selected by both Matt Groening (The Simpsons) and Sonic Youth to perform at All Tomorrow’s Parties (ATP), toured with acts like Radiohead and Wilco, had an album adapted into a ballet, collaborated with Questlove and a hell of a lot more. Starting to get the picture?
One example of Deerhoof’s virtuosic versatility was their headlining set at Central United Church back at Sled Island 2010. The show predominantly featured one of the band’s core signatures: a brain-scrambling duel between voracious drums and minimalist, convulsing bass, guitar and vocals. After rearranging the audience’s insides, they closed out the set with a piano ballad so tender you could hear the C-Train gently whooshing by outside.
More recent is the group’s 14th album, 2017’s Mountain Moves. The highly collaborative work (Matana Roberts, Lætitia Sadier of Stereolab) was praised by Pitchfork as a “purposeful mosaic,” impressive in its breadth of genre-hopping and emphasis on melody.
Eight years on from their last Sled Island performance, we expect only the unexpected from a group that refuses to stall reinvention for even a moment.
THE MUSIC LINEUP: BY NAMEVIEW ALL >
- 40 Watt Sun
- Ada Lea Alder & Ash Alimony The Allovers Also Also Also Ancient Pig The Avulsions
- B*les & The Suede B.A. Johnston Bad Buddy Basic Instinct Bat Fangs BB BB Mars BBQT Bebe Buckskin Billy Moon BIRDO Black Thunder Blessed Blue Odeur Blue Youth The Body Body Lens Bodywash Bog Bodies Borscht botfly Boyhood Bridal Party Building Confidence Through Play Burnt Shrines
- Calisthenics Camille Delean Carbolizer Carissa Gem Cartel Madras Cascades Caves Chained by Mind Cherry Glazerr Cherubs Chief n' Council Chieftain Chiffres Chron Goblin Chunder Buffet Chuurch Cold Water Conversations with Bears Counterfeit Jeans CRABSTYLE Crims & Flow Crom/Dam CROTCH Cryptorips Crystal Eyes Culled
- Dada Centauri Dadweed Dark Time Deerhoof Deliluh Dillon Nathaniel Dirty Projectors Discovery Zone DJ Dine & Dash DRI HIEV Ducks Unlimited Dumb
- Eamon McGrath Devastation Trio empath ÉMU Eucademix The Ex-Boyfriends Expanda Fuzz Eyeballs
- Faith Healer Family Injera Feed Dogs Feel Alright The Flaming Lips Fountain Friesen/Waters Duo From Russia with Love (ARG vs CRO) future star Fuzzy P
- The Garrys Ghost Woman Glaux Glum Gone Cosmic Goosebump Griefwalker Grouper Guerilla Toss
- HAIRNET Hales Nwad Harrison Brome Heavydive Hermitess HomeSick Hood Joplin Horse Girl Hot Garbage housepanther Hugh Man HUNDRED% (Yung Nino + DJ C-Sik)
- J Blissette Jack Sinclaire Janitor Scum JayWood jo passed Jock Tears John Maus Jonathan Kawchuk josh pan Julius Sumner Miller Jung People - Ambient Set Justin Wright
- K-Riz Kandekt Kari Faux
- Lab Coast Lambsbreath Le Plaisir Leather Jacuzzi Lido Pimienta Lié Life In Vacuum Lingua Ignota Live CJSW Sessions Lost Creatures Louis Cza Lucid 44 LYRIQUE & The Honor Roll
- Mad Ones Mademoiselle Magic & Johnson Mahogany Frog Man Meat The Mandates Mark Adam Marlaena Moore Mary Timony Plays Helium Matthew Cardinal Melted Mirror Michael Rault Miesha & The Spanks Mob Bounce Moths & Locusts Mount Eerie Mount Kimbie myst milano.
- Natural Selection DJs Necking nêhiyawak Nick Schofield No Warning NOVEMBER
- OAKK ohmwar OpenEnd Ora Cogan Oren Ambarchi & Will Guthrie Oseko Owen Pallett with Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
- Paradise Passive Peach Kelli Pop Peach Pyramid Petra Glynt Pin-Bar Guest DJs The Plodes Polly Dactic POSTNAMERS Prissy Whip Psychic Pollution
- The Radiation Flowers Real Sickies Redress respectfulchild respectfulchild & An Ant And An Atom Russell Louder
- Samantha Savage Smith SBDC Scattered Clouds Screaming Targets Selci Shabazz Palaces Sharing Shearing Pinx The Shiverettes Sightlines Silkq Sister Ray SLATES Slow Slow Tide Slut Prophet smoke eaters Smokey & the Feeelings Snotty Nose Rez Kids soft cure Solid Freex Speed Strips Strangerfamiliar Subjectivity Sunglaciers Supermoon Swim Swim Team Symfan Synkro
- TBA TechOne Territories Text Chunk THICK Thundercat Too Attached Touching God Trash Hawks Trigger Warming Truster Tyondai Braxton
- Ufomammut Uncanny Valley
- Valiska Vanta Vase VICTIME
- Wand Wayst WHAT A TIME White Hills WHOOP-Szo WILL CLARKE Will Clarke B2B Dillon Nathaniel Wine Lips Wire Spine Wish Lash Woodhawk WORLD BRAIN Wye Oak
- Year of Glad YEP