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This Little Underground

Our live music columnist checks out Kitty, Half Undressed and Set and Setting

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It just needs more judicious framing and brawn to really fly. Bookmark these guys. I am.

The new Residents showcase is an inexpensive, semi-regular affair that’ll occur every few weeks. The next one will feature the Dark Sixties, the Wendigo and Manson Girls (April 11, Will’s Pub). In the right hands, with the right support, something like this could breathe new blood and momentum into a somewhat stalled scene. From what I know of him and his taste, Strang may be just the man for it. And mark your calendars: The release party for the impressive debut LP of his own buzz band, Saskatchewan, is coming up (April 30, Will’s Pub).

The Sh-Booms release party (March 24, Will’s Pub) also gave a glimpse into a work in progress. As described onstage by illustrious frontman Eugene Snowden (Legendary JC’s), the Raymonds aim to be like the Stooges fronted by Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin. Now, that’s a tall-ass order. Though there were moments of raw brilliance, like a stripped and soul-wringing gospel song, they’re still very much in development. But, as their closing song teased, if these cats even accomplish a fraction of what they set out for, then holy shit, buckle up.

The latest Orlandooom event (March 26, Will’s Pub), however, was back to the big leagues with perhaps the week’s biggest surprise in St. Pete’s Set and Setting. Their heavy post-rock stepped out in a long, airy drone. But when they finally hit, their storm touched down like a colossus in slow-mo. Like Mono with more economy and bigger rock, their songs are patient, mounting forces of nature with quiet moments of exceptional grace but peaks that are completely fucking massive. Daaamn.

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