No matter what you think of the polarizing Deerhoof, they’re never predictable. Even those who dismiss the San Francisco band as pompous modern prog-rockers give drummer Greg Saunier credit for scoring the Will Ferrell comedy Step Brothers (think anyone in Van der Graaf Generator would do that?). And collaborations with Swiss punk legends LiLiPut and wordy alt-rapper Busdriver keep their impossible-to-peg rep alive, especially since their music is about as hip-hop-ready as Captain Beefheart’s. There’s also guitarist John Dieterich’s riff innovations and the occasionally stunning musical allusions racing through the group’s songs. Deeerhoof’s hyperactivity (and inconsistency) over the past 15 years is matched by very few of their peers. Their most recent album, Offend Maggie, is two years old. But Deerhoof is a band that’s best ingested live, where Satomi Matsuzaki’s screeching tones and Dieterich’s clashing guitar zigzags produce three dimensions of aural sensations. Their various career highlights mesh perfectly with the various time signatures that play out onstage. Deerhoof, with Xiu Xiu and Father Murphy, play the Grog Shop at 9 p.m. Tickets: $14, $12 in advance. —Dan Weiss
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