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Our live music columnist introduces the uninitiated to new DIY venue the Thirteen

This Little Underground

Photo: Rachel Atterberry, License: N/A

Rachel Atterberry

The out-there, progressive black metal of Jersey tourmates Black Table was interesting – fractured and unsettled at first blitz, but opening up into sparer, more atmospheric flights deeper into the set.

But, really, none was as stunning as Germany’s Downfall of Gaia. Their sound check fussed over the temperamental vocal mics a bit much for a warehouse show, but their guitars were absolutely stunning. Their expansive, tectonic meld of black metal, hardcore and post-metal came in like massive icebergs – graceful and intimidating. Like a more metal Mono at maximum, constant climax with extreme vocals, this wind-tunnel orchestra’s epic gust is as poetic as it is blistering.

Earlier that night, I checked out new local band Meiuuswe (Will’s Pub). To demystify their vowel-crazy name a little, it’s a portmanteau: Me, I, you, us, we. They’re an interesting two-man band comprised exclusively of drums and keys, and their sound is a groove-based merge of thick, dynamic rock rhythms with left-field ’60s jazz-soul vibes. It kicks like Clutchy Hopkins’ funky boom-bap cousin. No one around here is doing what they’re doing, that’s for sure.

Speaking of funky, local band Fat Night just had a record release party (Aug. 19, Will’s Pub). Their funk-soul-rock stew isn’t completely my sweet spot. But these guys have really gotten good – so exceptional, in fact, that it can no longer be denied, even by a differing palate.

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