It's hard to refer to singer-bassist Satomi Matsuzaki, as anything but cute. She babbles lyrics that can't be construed as anything more than childish nonsense in a sweet high pitched voice that couldn't hurt a thing. But as soon as you' ve become aw stricken with her imp-like vocals, the trio explodes; guitars come crashing through your unprepared ears. And there is no way to prepare for such extremes, Deerhoof switches pace without warning in almost every song. As if they're playing a joke with our musical emotions, switching gears back and forth. At least it 's one of those jokes we still can enjoy, even when we 're the victim of it. -- Brett Koshkin
Deerhoof performs Saturday, March 10, at Numbers, 300 Westheimer, 713-629-3700.