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This Little Underground

Bao Le-Huu takes on local retro-soul do-woppers the Sh-Booms, Orlando newbies Saskatchewan and your friendly neighborhood aggro band, No Qualms

Photo: Zach Thompson, License: N/A

Zach Thompson


Even though they're going for a notably ethereal thing, the dream pop of local newcomers Saskatchewan (June 9, Back Booth) is graced with dynamics, punctuation and volume. It drifts in Technicolor, suspended in a Beach House snow globe, but it's alive. Most importantly, their sumptuous melodies have real definition (especially with those crystalline guitar notes) and decidedly do not belong in the same class of vague bullshit spit up by the copycat class that sprouted in Animal Collective's wake.

Saskatchewan just began playing shows, but they've been gestating for quite a while. And this thorough incubation pays off in how finished they already sound. You have to respect musicians who actually do their homework and craft an idea first. That's a band that cares about what they do and cares about what they offer you for consumption.

Meanwhile, things were a little wilder on downtown's North edge with a very aggro lineup (Hoops). Of the several bands I managed to catch, the sheer force of Orlando powerviolence band No Qualms popped me in the face the hardest. Unleashing stunningly roaring hardcore that handles both pure onslaught and nasty groove with very impressive heft, they absolutely tore it up and made the whole place erupt in mayhem.

One tip for the Hoops management during shows like this: You see how these kids use those beer pitchers as personal mugs, right? So stock up on those fuckers. It'll make life so much easier for everyone. Other than that, keep up the good work of letting the right people book shows there.

Besides an always rousing display, probably the coolest part about the performance of Nebraska's Show is the Rainbow (June 10, Will's Pub) was that he name-dropped Brian Esser (Yip-Yip). Dope.

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