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This Little Underground

Our live music columnist reviews Tallest Man on Earth, Night Beds and Moonmen From Mars

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Night Beds may be lower in profile than label-mate Tallest Man on Earth but they were significantly more furnished and filling. A rich, deluxe and warm full-band affair, they’re like Fleet Foxes dipped in deep, gorgeous twang. Their step is gentle and restrained, but their surprisingly large sonic scale made them an enveloping live experience. Technically, it was a combination of long, seamless swaths of lap guitar and drawling lullaby vocals spangled with sparkling notes. But it felt like gazing at the stars on your back to that point where you feel like you begin to fall upward into them, only drawn out to nearly an hour. Yeah, it was that nice.

The mysterious Moonmen From Mars made their debut this week opening up for G.G. Allin’s headless zombie corpse, the Murder Junkies (June 9, Will’s Pub). Not to totally demystify them or anything, but it’s the new darkly comedic punk project of local notable Jeff Ilgenfritz. Remember that Misfits phase he took Mumpsy through? Well, it’s a little like that, only with campy sci-fi and horror motifs and original material. Besides good range, the most impressive thing about their songs is how many of them are instant anthems. Oh, solid songs not good enough for you? Well, they also have visuals and wear silver body suits and masks that make them look somewhat like a band of Ultramen in varying degrees of physical fitness. They’re completely goofy, big on show and a ton of fun. You could say it was a bit of a sensation.

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