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This Little Underground

Bao Le-Huu takes on Former Thieves, Demons, MonstrO, Moon Duo, Mr. Gnome and more

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Heyyy, it’s about time you guys turned out for Cleveland duo Mr. Gnome (Dec. 12, Will’s Pub). Not only did you show up, but you actually lost your shit for them. Good, because this is a band that’s 100 percent worth it. Wow, a total dance-and-clap party even erupted at some point. Not what I was expecting from their music but, whatever, cool. Let ’em feel the love. They deserve it. Keep it up and another great touring band will start feeling like there’s a warm home for them here.

Opening was Orlando’s Basements of Florida,who’ve recently added Yip-Yip’s Brian Esser to their roster. His keyboards give them a little bit of a cosmic edge that’s not totally at odds since the rhythm section project has been expanding its horizon lately. Particularly complementary is the charged new use of samples. How this electronic element will continue to be more deeply integrated into their sound should be interesting to watch, so long as they don’t stray too far from their visceral backbone.

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