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Our live music columnist goes Dada over sound poet Jaap Blonk

This Little Underground

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club; Photo by Christopher Garcia

Unfortunately, they were a fraction this time of what I’ve seen from them before. First, they sounded a little thin. Second, they played a two-hour set too populated by inferior, downbeat selections from their otherwise big-kicking catalog. From this band, neither should ever have happened.

The opener, on the other hand, was a twosome that impressively overachieved. Restavrant, which I’m pretty sure is Roman for “place to eat,” is led by L.A.-based Texan Troy Murrah. Behind his smeared-and-fried slide guitar action, they’re a blues-punk band that kicks out the good stuff like a cross between Bob Log III and Scott H. Biram, only with more bottom-end thunder and whump. With a drum kit that also packs electronics, a plastic five-gallon bucket and a tire rim – as well as an ace drummer to bang on it all – their music is swamp-punk with industrial-grade percussion.

Check out photos from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's set at the Beacham

The bountiful fall breeze also brought Frightened Rabbit (Oct. 12, the Beacham). Oft-called Scotland’s answer to Arcade Fire, they’re one of those bands you don’t begrudge if they break into the mainstream. Unlike the cheap, dumbshit flashes of temporary insanity you typically find in the hype machine, Frightened Rabbit is the kind of band that belongs there. And though I like them, even I didn’t expect to be quite this swept by them in concert. It just goes to show the timeless power of heart and melody. But with a massive, storming, spirit-swollen sound, it’s also testament to the fact that Frightened Rabbit is one of the most anthemic live experiences around. And I’m crazy-anxious to hear the upcoming debut LP they produced by exceptionally worthy Central Florida breakouts Flashlights (due early 2014 on Hard Rock Records).

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