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This Little Underground

Our live music columnist checks out Matt Woods, Michael Parallax and Bleeding Rainbow

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Developments in each include Wet Nurse adding a guitarist and Bushmen singer Simon Palombi tapping his inner Jerry Lee Lewis. Between their lively sets, both bands showed how fresh, fun and breathless band pingpong can be.

Debuting just last December, Orlando trio Hussy (April 18, Will’s Pub) is already more locked in and clearly manifesting their deep art-punk waters. Daring, smart and defiant, these guys are built on underground brain and raw nerve.

Also performing was formerly Gainesville, now local, electro-pop Pied Piper Michael Parallax. Let’s talk for a sec about what Florida’s own Dan Deacon does here. On a fundamental level, his music is solid. But his true triumph is beyond that basic calculus, with a social magic that only occurs with a live audience.

Like the aforementioned Deacon and other fully interactive acts like Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, a Parallax performance is a true event, one that incites up-close crowd engagement by completely demolishing the fourth wall. The directness of his line to people is how he conquers hearts and souls live. He doesn’t so much perform for you as much as reach out and bring you into the moment and joy of the performance itself. The performer-audience divide is effectively erased – all are one – and it’s why his shows are penetrating, communal experiences. The charged democracy of Parallax’s shows is no small marvel. Entire rooms don’t just follow him out into the street chanting a Macy Gray chorus for nothing.

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