WW4 Pre-Party: Deerhoof, Awkwafina, Celestial Shore 

When: Wed., April 30, 8:30 p.m. 2014

What: Deerhoof are one of those “your favorite band’s favorite band” kind of bands. A group who, despite the adoration of music geeks and the influence they’ve had on, well, your favorite bands over the past two decades, have never really garnered the popular acclaim they deserve. That’s probably because their chaotic brand of pop is almost impossible to define, relying equally on catchy melodies and challenging sonic experiments that defy easy categorization. Kicking off the Waking Windows IV music festival — a four-day fest featuring scores of bands who owe Deerhoof a debt of gratitude — the band plays the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge on Wednesday, April 30, with British rapper Awkwafina and Brooklyn’s Celestial Shore.

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