Indie-pop icons Deerhoof kick off Green River Pre-Party with locals Carinae, Hot Dirt and Tundrastomper

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For the Recorder
Published: 6/27/2019 1:56:06 PM

Deerhoof, Blank Spell, Carinae, Hot Dirt and Tundrastomper will kick off the Green River Festival with performances at Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center in downtown Greenfield, Thursday, July 11 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at

Deerhoof mixes noise, sugary melodies, and an experimental spirit into utterly distinctive music that made them one of the most acclaimed acts of the 2000s and 2010s. From San Francisco, the group began as the brainchild of guitarist Rob Fisk and drummer/keyboardist Greg Saunier in 1994. Today, Satomi Matsuzaki plays bass and sings, Greg Saunier plays drums, and John Dieterich and Ed Rodriguez play guitars. From their humble beginnings as an obscure San Francisco noise act, they've become an influential indie band with an ecstatic and unruly take on pop.

Blank Spell sounds like Italian maniac hardcore punk. Carinae is an unstable star in the constellation that is the western Massachusetts music scene. Three-part vocal harmonies orbit around patchwork guitar and keyboard textures laced with driving rhythms. Hot Dirt’s clashing rhythms and angular transitions put together by Brittany Brideau (guitar), Jeffrey Gilmartin (guitar), Zachary Scoble (bass) and Joshua Daniel (drums), are the stuff of dreams for any fan of King Crimson and other 1970’s prog-rock, now all but extinct from the touring stages. The band is from Holyoke.

Tundrastomper Four childhood friends making music in Hadley. They plat noise punk with heavy breakdowns and witty lyrics. 

Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center on Main Street is a multi-venue that boasts a diversity of events and a vibrant community of artists and performers. For more information call 413-774-0150.


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