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This Little Underground

Our live music columnist talks about a new record club and reviews Tera Melos and Blood Ceremony.

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Oh, man, Toronto retro-doom act Blood Ceremony (May 11, Backbooth) is great and ridiculous. On one hand, they have ’70s metal grooves that are legitimately dark and heavy. On the other, they have a goddamned flute. Moreover, the occult and macabre tendencies of singer Alia O’Brien verge on parody – think Elvira minus the winking comedy. That said, I fully endorse their haunted-house organs.

Later on Mills (Will’s Pub), England’s TTNG (formerly This Town Needs Guns) shone with sparklingly technical guitar pop. They’ve got plenty of mathematic dynamism going on, but their progressions are light, airy and unburdened. In fact, they’re incredibly melodic with a clear sense of song. Any band that reaffirms the fact that intellect doesn’t have to be cumbersome is a band worth championing.

Sacramento headliner Tera Melos is wearing their newfound, blissful straightforwardness very, very well. Like TTNG, the way they balance technicianship with spirit and melody is infinitely dig-able. But math bands aren’t supposed to be so physically rousing as to incite moshing and stage-diving, are they?

Apparently, Tera Melos didn’t think so because this hyped crowd – which took one of their adult-sized stage dummies for a crowd-surf – made them nervous enough to say something about it more than once. Well, tough titty, muchacho. That’s how we do sometimes. I only wish it were more often.

Beartoe is the new project by Roberto Aguilar, former frontman of notable DeLand band Dish. With a full five-piece band, his recent stand (May 14, Tanqueray’s) showcased a mélange of folk and blues, both old and contemporary styles. And though this is probably the most straightforward of his sounds, Aguilar delivered it with the most seasoned soul I’ve seen of him yet.

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