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This Little Underground

Our local music columnist checks out Roadkill Ghost Choir, Little Lo, Last Good Tooth and the Naked Show.

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Afterward was Last Good Tooth, a total surprise. Two minutes in, I was already asking myself where these guys came from and why I hadn’t heard of them. The only question I could answer was the former: They’re from Providence, R.I. But given how good they are, the latter still goes unanswered. But we know about ’em now.

With a traditional mountain pulse, they don’t go for the painfully obvious raved-up hillbilly hokum but rather tap in to a truer, more nuanced folk vein. And they do it very well. Being dialed in to the fuller emotional spectrum of folk music, they bypass the cheaper signposts that tourists latch on to so conveniently. The result is an earthy, nourishing and amplified mood.

Although not quite realized yet, the Naked Show (Aug. 18, Back Booth) is a worthy idea. Organized by local musician Erin Solari (the Still Voice), the concept is to show artists in an intimate, mingled way, where they occasionally join in and accompany each other’s sets. The debut featured known locals like Solari, Andy Matchett (the Minks), Thomas Wynn (the Believers), Travis Adams (Inkwell, My Hotel Year), Chris Rowland and Maria Capella. It yielded some moments of cross-collaboration but not as much as was promised and possible. Still, it’s a promising format that could be improved by having participants do shorter, multiple sets and more cooperative homework as a condition of participation. baolehuu@orlandoweekly.com

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