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This Little Underground

Our live music columnist checks out the Appleseed Cast, Lemuria and Afeefa & the Boy

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The Appleseed Cast imported their own scene with an all-Kansas bill (July 15, the Social). While their journey from emo beginnings has ended on a big, skyward sound, opener Muscle Worship goes with an interesting brand of emo that embraces discordant intensity and math. Even if that’s their vocal launch point, their music has so much added dimension that it’s not really even emo anymore. Regardless, it’s an effective sound.

Unlike the subterranean density of Muscle Worship, other opener the Life and Times take a more soaring, astral and resonant approach. Their grandiose aspiration occupies the airspace between Secret Machines and Denison Marrs. With big gestures and precise steps, they’re a very finished band that sounds colossal for just a trio. It’s the kind of epic sound that could translate in a stadium.

In club improvement news, the Social box office is now gone, which opens up lots of prime viewing room on the club’s only raised section by the front window.

Meanwhile, over at Backbooth, Buffalo’s Lemuria mobilized their lively local following. As slight as their pop-punk often feels on record, their live show clicks and kicks a whole lot more. Add the spark of their pure spirit, and these guys will light up a crowd.

Opening was local band Marky and the Sharks, whose Ramones-style punk rock is still pretty rough, but it’s fun, pop-smart stuff. And they do a song about Uncle Lou’s, which will always earn you street cred.

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