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This Little Underground

Our live music columnist judges locals in the Pedal Challenge and unveils Peacock Room's creative new Tuesday initiative

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For the most part, there was consistent consensus among us in the scoring. But according to my score sheets from previous rounds, there were some other moments that deserve particular applause of their own. Sterling Schroeder's incredible Round 1 performance, for example, worked an Omnichord and a Whammy pedal into a wondrous Dan Deacon-esque jam rousing enough that I had him listed as the top seed going into Round 2. Other honorable mentions include Carlos DeSoto (the Rules) for his studious guitar-and-bass-loop constructions, Alex Clements (Out Go the Lights) for being ambitious enough to pimp a sitar and Todd Gerding (Tam Tam) for being weird and/or high enough to rock a damned plastic juice bottle.

Besides being an occasionally flooring chance to see your local luminaries solo and out of their box, the Pedal Challenge is one of the most unusual, fun and wildly creative music events you are likely to ever encounter. As such, this was no ordinary night out, and that's precisely the point of what the Peacock is now trying to do with its Tuesday nights under the name (and commendable social imperative) Kill Yr TV Tuesdays. Besides the Pedal Challenge, which will likely occur monthly, the people involved in curating the night are throwing around some ideas aimed at challenging the night-scene routine – ideas ranging from wacky to brilliant. Keep a serious eye out for Peacock's Tuesday nights. If some of these concepts actually materialize, this could become the most imaginative and interesting night in the city.

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