Hundred Waters washes over High Dive

The Gainesville band Hundred Waters brings its ethereal pop sound to High Dive on Saturday. (Courtesy of Hundred Waters)

Published: Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 12:11 p.m.

When was the last time we in Gainesville had some musical hometown heroes? It feels like forever, honestly. Against Me! hit it big about 10 years ago and we’ve been fighting the “Gainesville acoustic punk” stereotype ever since. Well, no more of that. We are at the dawn of a new era, a much more soft-spoken era, a kinder era. We are in the Hundred Waters era, and chances are it’s going to last a long time.

If you’re not familiar with Hundred Waters, go online to any music blog that’s been published in the past 10 months and look them up. They toured with dub-step icon Skrillex recently in Canada. On a train. You should be impressed. But enough about the hype, listen to the music. It’s dripping with lush, synth tones and is ripe with what was previously thought of as impossible harmonies, sporadic but tasteful percussion, and the lyrics are OK too. These Hundred Waters folks are going places and it should make for an interesting decade of Gainesville music.

You can catch them while they’re still in town at High Dive, along with Orlando’s very own fro-fi one-man-band, XXYYXX; Gainesville’s indie-funk darling, Levek; and for a change of pace, more electronic music from California, Different Sleep; on Saturday starting at 9 p.m.

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On Friday, local hip-hop artists Tricycle Chiefs play along with Hi-Rez, on his Florida Takeover Tour, with Vers and Huey Mack at The Atlantic, starting at 9 p.m.

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Speaking with the utmost certainty, it’s safe to say that last weekend’s Fest didn’t have enough black jeans and band shirts to fully satisfy the punk rocker in you, so why not go and watch some pop-punk? Mayday Parade co-headlines with The Maine on a nice little tour that stops in our town on Sunday at High Dive, starting at 5 p.m.

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On Tuesday, you can go see Brooklyn’s Cult of Youth, a self-proclaimed “post-industrial folk” band, but that probably means it just leans on the side of punk more than anything. They’re playing with locals Thee Holy Ghosts and Half Undressed, both of which are worth seeing and hearing. The show starts at 9 p.m at The Atlantic.

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