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This show could be more intimate than some of the other Anti-Pop gigs due to its location at the oh-so-cozy Peacock Room, as well as the fact that these are all local bands. But by no means does "intimate" mean "avoidable"; this is an incredibly strong lineup that, note-for-note, compares more than favorably with higher-profile festival gigs.

The semi-psychedelic post-rock of Bad Bear continues to impress with its ragged stateliness. Comprised of ex-members of a disparate bunch of local bands, Bad Bear has already exceeded the creative achievements its members made in their former bands by staking out a sonic path that takes the abstract notion of modern instrumental music and infuses it with a mighty dose of organic spaciousness.

Similarly enamored of atmospherics, History rocks to a much more visceral beat with a sound that's heavy and catchy, but thick with dynamics and a touch of punk rock. It's been said before in these pages, but it bears repeating: History is one of this city's best bands. Teaming them up with the aggressive swoon of Bad Bear, the front-porch pop of The Sugar Oaks (another great, and greatly underappreciated, band) and Happy Valley's wobbly instrumental rock will make for a great display of just part of Orlando's diverse indie rock scene.

Bad Bear, History
with Happy Valley, The Sugar Oaks

Thursday, Oct. 20
The Peacock Room music@orlandoweekly.com

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