The 18th annual Noise Pop Festival begins with a bang tonight, with local legends Deerhoof opening for the star-studded Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band at The Fox Theater. We had a chance to catch up with Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier via email last week, where we discussed his love for Yoko Ono's live show, Deerhoof's difficulty jamming, the group's love/hate relationship with Kortrijk, Belgium and much more.

Deerhoof plays The Fox Theater tonight (2/23) with Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono band. Tickets are $39.50

Kevin Meena/SFist: In a recent blog post, you wrote "[Yoko] Ono's music to me is very close to total purity … I'm never moved by any kind of music in the same way I am moved by traditional folk musics, but Yoko Ono is an exception." That is quite the affirmation! Can you elaborate a bit on why Ono's music is just so special to you?

I was really talking about seeing Plastic Ono Band live. On record it's one thing, but live it's a whole other experience. She's so spontaneous.