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This Little Underground

Our live music columnist champions Matt Pond’s Orlando video and reviews the Generationals, the Tunnel and more

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But back to the heavy for a sec, because you seriously need to know about Miami duo the Tunnel (June 28, the Peacock Room). Wild, experimental, even occasionally outlandish, they’re anything but the typical metal experience. They emphasize fireworks and flavor over pure tonnage. With dazzling guitar virtuosity and daringly splashy Latin flair, they’re something like a more metal-minded Mars Volta. It’s a funky, refreshingly irreverent take on heavy music that, live, feels very much like bold new ground.

Also playing was Tampa’s Servants of the Mist. Sounds pretty ominous, dunnit? Well, they certainly mean to be. But they have cheesy edges – which is good when you’re talking about nachos but not heavy metal – and it’s almost entirely because of the non-extreme vocal parts. Their music’s otherwise decent, so if the singer would just quit the dark crooning and stick to the hellfire, they’d be straight.

Polyvinyl band Generationals impressed at their first Orlando appearance (June 26, the Social). There’s much to love about this New Orleans indie-pop group. They have effervescent fundamentals and an incredibly fine-tuned sensibility. They have wide range but unify it all with signature style and spirit.

It’s just smart pop music. And with their gift for charmingly iconic melodies, they’re probably just a commercial placement away from being huge.

And happy birthday, America!

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