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This Little Underground

Our live music columnist checks out SWIMM, Dick Dale and Laura Stevenson

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Although sometimes a little unseasoned live, the concept for Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Field Mouse (April 24, the Social) is solid. Their rock take on dream-pop – driven by the horsepower of shoegaze and indie-rock – motors with greater size, frame and presence than their twee peers. It’s a substantial sound; it just needs more confidence.

Not at all lacking in muscle and verve was headliner Laura Stevenson. Considering the quirky, often gentle vulnerability of her indie folk-pop, the live punch is a little surprising. But in keeping with her expanding, studious sound, she has a strong cast behind her to paint her sweet melodies in full color, dimension and wingspan. With the weight of a high-functioning rock band (including keys, accordion and bells), her conviction and emotion are finally in full force.

But she was still sweet enough to dedicate a song to GWAR, who was playing only one wall away, next door at the Beacham. As if that intersection weren’t weird enough, a couple of doors down, Independent Bar featured Dennis Haskins – yes, Mr. em-effing Belding from the hilariously insufferable tween sitcom Saved by the Bell. The club has brought in big-name guests like Kid ’n Play before to headline special editions of Mac & Cheese, its Wednesday celebration of “bad” music and pop-culture corn. But this booking was genius in its ridiculousness. Personally, I have zero nostalgia for Saved by the Bell. But if you’re gonna do something, might as well go all the way, right? And what a scene it was – palpable energy and live silkscreening of Bayside Tigers T-shirts. Good god, I can’t believe I now know that mascot. Anyway, it was kinda nuts.

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