Outer Reaches, Deerhoof

Day 1

Outer Reaches


Lily and Horn Horse, Matchess, Various Blonde, Mysterious Clouds

Fri, September 29, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$15.00 - $20.00

Tickets at the Door

Outer Reaches
Outer Reaches
Outer Reaches is a music festival based in Kansas City that showcases the ‘out there’, left-of-center, under-the-radar artists experimenting within and pushing boundaries in their respective genre. Regional acts as well as national and international touring acts are a part of the festival’s spirit, celebrating the variety of experimental music around the globe. There has always a strong tie to music that would fit into the realm of psychedelic music, but the festival has since opened up to more genres with a goal of promoting all music that is adventurous and mind expanding. The festival began in 2012 at FOKL Center, a community art space in downtown Kansas City, Kansas and was organized by Dedric Moore of local psych / experimental bands Monta At Odds and Mysterious Clouds. Adding Haymaker Records owner Brenton Cook and recordBar owner Steve Tulipana to the Outer Reaches crew, the trio have sought to grow and change the festival each and every year.

The music of Outer Reaches 2017 will be showcased over two days at recordBar in late September. Friday, September 29th will feature touring acts Deerhoof (San Francisco, CA) and Lily and Horn Horse (New York City, NY). Kansas City acts Various Blonde and Pageant Boys also join the bill Friday. Saturday, September 30th features touring acts El Ten Eleven (Los Angeles, CA), Dead Rider (Chicago, IL), and Matchess (Chicago, IL). Kansas City is represented on Saturday with Mysterious Clouds and a special reunion show of The Hearers. Both days will have accompanying video projection and local DJ’s playing music between sets.
San Francisco's Deerhoof mix 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. The group began as the brainchild of guitarist Rob Fisk and drummer/keyboardist Greg Saunier in 1994; early releases, such as the 1995 7"s Return of the Woods M'Lady and For Those of Us on Foot, had a more traditionally harsh, no wave-inspired sound, though they also included the quirky tendencies that dominated their later efforts. Vocalist/bassist Satomi Matsuzaki joined the group in time for 1996's self-titled double 7" on Menlo Park, but other members passed through Deerhoof, including Chris Cooper of Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase. The following year they released their full-length debut, The Man, the King, the Girl, on Kill Rock Stars, and the Come See the Duck 7" arrived on Banano a year later.
Fisk left Deerhoof after 1999's Holdy Paws, an experiment that saw the band trying to write songs that favored composition over individual sounds, and pursued similar ideas in his solo work and in Badgerlore. Halfbird, which was recorded before Fisk departed, was released in 2001, after John Dieterich was recruited as Deerhoof's new guitarist. That year the group also released the My Pal Foot Foot 7", a cover of the legendary Shaggs song that also appeared on the Better Than the Beatles tribute. In 2002, the group released the critically acclaimed Reveille; 2003's Apple O' followed soon after, and also featured auxiliary guitarist Chris Cohen. Their fifth album, the more focused Milk Man, appeared in spring 2004. The following year was another busy one for the band: not only did they embark on tours of the U.S., Europe, and Japan, but they released the Green Cosmos EP, the full-length.
In 2006, the group toured with the Flaming Lips, the Fiery Furnaces, and Mary Timony, among others. That spring, Cohen left Deerhoof to concentrate on the Curtains, and that fall, a ballet based on Milk Man was performed in North Haven, Maine. During that time, the band recorded its own songs and collaborated with composer Ed Shearmur on the music for Dedication, a film directed by Justin Theroux. The concise yet eclectic Friend Opportunity arrived in early 2007. Guitarist Ed Rodriguez joined the band in early 2008, and played on that year's Offend Maggie; prior to the album's release that fall, the band gave away one of its songs, "Fresh Born," as sheet music so fans could make their own versions of the song.
Starting in 2010, Deerhoof leaked songs from their next album on different media outlets, creating a musical scavenger hunt for fans leading up to the release of their tenth studio album, 2011's Deerhoof vs. Evil. Breakup Song, another short and sweet set of songs like Friend Opportunity, appeared in September 2012. The band celebrated its 20th anniversary with the release of 2014's La Isla Bonita, which was inspired by the Ramones' punchy punk and recorded in just a week. The following year, Deerhoof released their first live album, Fever 121614, which captured a Tokyo date on the La Isla Bonita tour.
Early in 2016, the group released Balter/Saunier, a collaboration with Chicago's 22-piece contemporary music group Ensemble Dal Niente that featured a medley of Deerhoof songs arranged for the ensemble. That July, the band returned with The Magic, an uninhibited set of songs featuring three unused tracks written and recorded for the HBO series Vinyl. Just over a year later, Deerhoof released the politically informed Mountain Moves, a call to resistance that featured collaborations with artists including Laetitia Sadier, Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner, and Juana Molina, and covers of songs by the Staple Singers and Bob Marley.
Lily and Horn Horse - (Set time: 10:45 PM)
Lily and Horn Horse
Lily Konigsberg and Horn Horse (Matt Norman) attended Bard College near Red Hook, New York, graduating in 2014 and 2016 respectively. They began collaborating on recordings in 2016 with the release of the album “Horn Horse.” Then they toured the northeastern United States and Canada in August 2016, performing music from their compilation “Lily on Horn Horse,” officially released in March 2017. Lily and Horn Horse currently operate from New York City, sleeping in a sheet rock cave at night.
Matchess - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Whitney Johnson’s Matchess project took flight in 2013, with the super limited cassette release “Seraphastra” on Digitalis Industries, a bewitching miasma of synth & organ drones, prepared tape loops, & viola scree. Trouble In Mind re- released “Seraphastra” in 2014 on vinyl, giving it a much-needed wider release, and since then, Johnson has been working diligently, crafting her next installment in a proposed trilogy, entitled “Somnaphoria”. Johnson’s solo work has always toed the line between the corporeal vs. metaphysical - the juxtaposition of the physical interaction of viola strings & the electronic pulses of circuits & oscillators. Recorded by Johnson in her home studio & mixed by Cooper Crain (Bitchin’ Bajas/Cave), & inspired by the writings of Rimbaud, Baudelaire & Verlaine, “Somnaphoria” is a dazzling leap forward. With a cohesive vision both thematically & sonically, the album fuses elements of contemporary classical music & modern experimental electronic music with a neo-new age mysticism. Johnson isn’t the first electronic musician to find inspiration in the French poets - pioneering musician Ruth White also found Baudelaire’s “Flowers of Evil” to be a guiding force & titled her 1969 album after the writer’s collected poetry works & White’s seminal work seems to be a touchstone for “Somnaphoria”. Much like Rimbaud’s symbolist poems, the underlying themes of the album’s eleven compositions play out like the fever-dream of a sleeper refusing to wake up, drifting in & out of focus, but seeing all. Indeed Rimbaud’s quest to become a “seer” thru his poetry is analagous to Johnson’s quest for a shamanic connection to the listener through her music. Matchess continues to evolve, both recorded & in a live setting & Johnson has only begun to allow us, the listener to hear her potential.
Various Blonde - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Various Blonde
Conceived in 2008 by mutual friends Nick Organ(Formerly of The Beautiful Bodies), Joshua Allen(Formerly of kc experimental post hardcore band Black Presidents), and Luis Arana( Bassist for both Pixel Panda and The Beautiful Bodies). Together these three have created a bombastic, dark alternative progressive style influenced by bands such as, The Mars Volta, Radiohead, Blonde Redhead, The Beatles, Led Zepplin, Yes, King Crimson, Can, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Miles Davis, Mogwai, and Jimi Hendrix . In the past two Years the band has released one EP( Phantom Pain) and are slated to release their Sophmore EP in the Fall 2010. Since 2009 Various Blonde has suceeded in spreading the word in Kansas City and has opened for national acts, Russian Circles, Free Moral Agents, Zechs Marquise, Dead Meadow, Imaad Wasif, Jucifer, Bang Camaro, and Electric Six. They have been described in words such as "sonic devastation" and deliver a show all their own, cut with hints improv, pop, rock, metal , soul , and jazz.
Mysterious Clouds - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Mysterious Clouds
Mysterious Clouds delved deep into album cuts of lost 60's psych acts for inspiration to mix with their love of post-punk, shoegaze, 60's Italian soundtracks, and 70's British action scores.

The brothers' Moore from Monta at Odds have spun off their heavier leanings into a new group called Mysterious Clouds.

The music is wild, introspective and at times an acid trip for the ears and a space exploration for the mind.

photo credit: Barry Anderson
Venue Information:
1520 Grand Blvd
Kansas City, MO, 64108