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This Little Underground

Bao Le-Huu takes on Fire in the Cave, Appleseed Cast, Two-Piece Mini Fest, Cassandra Wilcox and more

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Notably good was local artist Cassandra Wilcox, whose songwriting is quickly getting better. With the accompaniment of a drummer as strong as Mumpsy’s Jeff Ilgenfritz, her songs took off and sounded like they’re heading for greater heights than she ever achieved with former band Wilbur.

Not so good was local band Bellows, two dudes who sure juggle a lot with drums, guitar, synthesizer, laptop and harmonica. I always admire a small band that’s high-functioning. But good god, man, the pieces all gotta go together otherwise the whole thing’s down the toilet. And unfortunately, they’re too undercooked as players to be able to wrangle all these elements into cohesion. But I’ve seen them twice now and have come to the conclusion that their fatal problem is their marshmallow center. At heart, this is barefoot-guy-and-an-acoustic-guitar fare, with all the trite collegiate emoting that entails. So with Bellows, it’s not an issue of ambition. It’s an issue of taste.

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