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This Little Underground

Bao Le-Huu hangs out his annual Undies awards for the best and worst in local music this year

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Any maneuver that both completely transforms the sphere of interaction and evokes childhood glee is a win.

Biggest fail – 4th Fest

On paper, this indie-minded summer fest was positioned to conquer. Location, talent and concept – it was all thought out. Except for one glaring detail: the Florida summer torrents. And the fatal wake of disruption that this particular July day’s delivery left is proof that a well-organized event is something to respect and that it takes more than just a good idea to make a successful festival. The lack of fundamentals like solid contingency planning are what turned what should’ve been a sweet-ass cannonball splash into a belly flop.

Poorest sports – 
 The Orlando music establishment

Despite being the senior members of the scene and embodying the dignity of statesmen, the city’s old guard has indisputably been the biggest babies this year, which is quite an accomplishment around here. From the irrationally emotional hate mail to the personal Facebook threats that I received for publicly expressing a contrary (and mild) opinion, it’s clear that some members of this community treat the scene like some sort of private clubhouse of entitlement. It’s exactly that mentality that’s anathema to progress, maturity or anything good for that matter.

Most dearly departed

I’m so glad I no longer have to include Happy Valley in this list since they’re working on new material, but here’s a pour on the floor to this year’s most tragic disbandings:

Father Figure

St. Sibian

Swamp Lord

Watch Me Disappear

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