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This Little Underground

Our live music columnist discusses Father/Daughter Records, Me Chinese and the Chewies, and Roadkill Ghost Choir

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Area video artist Broken Machine Films recently presented Miami experimental legend Dino Felipe (May 4, Uncle Lou’s). Though his reputation is legitimately freaky, his band, This Heart Electric, delivered a pretty legible punk set with garage and psych leanings.

But the bigger deal, really, was Me Chinese and the Chewies, a bit of an all-star Orlando trio featuring members of Telethon, Thee Wilt Chamberlain and Billy. Soaked in reverb, pumping organs and acid-kissed sunshine, their psychedelic rock, though rough, featured some bright songwriting. Good enough, in fact, for me to want to see more of them.

Speaking of quality local talent, I couldn’t be prouder to see the groundswell of support for Roadkill Ghost Choir. They’ve been rocking the major festival circuit and doing serious touring with way-legit bands like Band of Horses and Dead Confederate, with whom they recently played here before a packed house (May 2, Will’s Pub). And I’m not at all surprised. I’m pretty sure I was the first to write about them only weeks into their life as a band. Even then, the magic was already evident, and I said so. But countless things can thwart even the seemingly inevitable, so I’m especially excited that it’s really happening for them because they are the real damn deal.

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