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This Little Underground

Our live music columnist checks out Sonic Graffiti, Queen Beef and Luscious Lisa

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Christopher Garcia

One block up and an hour later, Orlando act Luscious Lisa took the stage for an album release party (Will’s Pub). Your reception of them will depend greatly on how devout and unflagging your allegiance to dirty party rap is. Mine isn’t. I say this because they don’t bring anything particularly special to the form, just basic goofs and gags. Now there’s certainly nothing wrong with that when it’s inspired – just look at Gil Mantera’s Party Dream, who were one of the most side-splittingly riotous live acts. But even sendups require wit and precision to hit the bull’s-eye. Luscious Lisa and crew bring lots of spectacle and pageantry, and they kicked up a decent party. But the returns rapidly diminish after that. Imagine if Peaches were stripped of her musical and lyrical poignancy – she’d be nothing. That’s Luscious Lisa’s predicament.

I’ve heard plenty of good, high-functioning two-piece bands, but, damn, Philadelphia’s Sadgiqacea (Aug. 10, Will’s Pub) showed unbelievable mileage and scope in their blackened doom sludge. Within an unrelenting sonic blizzard and sometimes dizzying altitude, the exceptional narrative quality of their music packs volumes of drama. In just their instrumentals alone, you can hear entire kingdoms falling and whole planets being scorched. They’re impressive on tape but, live, they’re very serious business.

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