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This Little Underground

Bao Le-Huu takes on Orange You Glad Fest 2012 and finds much to love

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Finally, the festival's scheduling is as ingenious as it gets. In conjunction with like-minded, smartly timed regional fests like the new Savannah Stopover Music Festival, OYG can potentially build its name as a bright new magnet on a viable Southeast leg of the indie festival circuit leading up to the center of the music fest universe that is South by Southwest. That could be seriously sustainable.

This year's pumped-up edition felt like a festival of size and quality. Most importantly, it gave you the feeling that, yes, it's happening, it's happening now and it's happening here. At this new level, OYG is Orlando's next event of possible national consequence.

The beat

Even though my dance card was impossibly full, one act that impressed me enough with their extra mile to squeeze 'em in last-minute was Toronto's the Elwins (March 9, the Social). Any touring band that writes an ode to Orlando to introduce itself and posts the video on YouTube is worth a shot. Live, they were as affably adorkable as their overture. But they also proved to be a nova of pop incandescence, one with enough spirit and hooks to give even Mumpsy a run for their money.

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