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This Little Underground

Our live music columnist checks out the Joy Formidable, ETurn, Orgone and more this week

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On paper, they seem virtually identical to the usual suspects, with a blend of funk, rock, soul and blues. There’s even a fair bit of jam in this band. But besides other added flavors like Afrobeat and Latin, what puts a million miles between them and others are Orgone’s deep authenticity, forward thinking and basic taste. It’s also why they’re a Ubiquity Records band.

After seeing them live, even more questions occur to me. First: Why do all you party people even bother with those tired and corny funk bar bands when bands like Orgone pack all that immediate appeal, only more (e.g. substance, legitimacy)? Who wouldn’t want more? This is still America, right? Easy sipping isn’t mutually exclusive with depth.

Second, why does it take some L.A. cats to come in and show us how to do it right? It’s a head-scratcher. Considering that our pocket of the globe is steeped in many of the spices they pull from, shouldn’t we be the ones showing them?

Local country-rockers Six Time Losers also had an album release party (May 10, Will’s Pub). I like this band, but their instincts aren’t always the most fine-tuned. When they cut out the obvious hayseed prosaism and just keep it restrained and honest, however, they can surprise you.

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