Half Undressed brings its tense, melodic simplicity to High Dive

The Gainesville folk band Nook & Cranny performs Friday at Lightnin' Salvage. (Courtesy of Nook & Cranny)

Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 11:49 a.m.

It's hard to define a “Gainesville” sound; it's not like New York in the '70s with punk and new wave, it's not zydeco or jazz or even straight up rock 'n' roll; it's none of these styles and all of these styles all at once. Kids from all over spill into this town every year, with their own preferences and prejudices, tastes and styles. And they make it work. No particular band sounds like any other here, and that's something that we should encourage and be proud of.

The band Half Undressed isn't for everybody. The group's sound is intentionally lacking, their stage presence leaves much to be desired, their vocals are virtually indistinguishable from the guitar, but that's the point: Why have a bass player? Why have a bass drum for that matter? Lyrics? Who needs them? The melodies and tension and simplicity of this band is what makes it work, strangely.

At a Half Undressed show, people gradually gravitate from other area of a club to place themselves in front of the stage to witness something that they can't quite put their finger on. It's not electronic or singer/songwriter, it's Half Undressed; and the only thing that makes them seem like they could be from this town is that they don't sound anything like anything here. And that's a great thing.

Be sure to check them out tonight at High Dive where they perform with the intentionally and frustratingly weird Belles and Robes, Tepu Khan (of Xylitone) and DJ Stern, starting at 9 p.m.

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Bring your stompin' shoes and grab some pizza, because one of Gainesville's finest folk bands, Nook & Cranny, performs at Satchel's Lightnin' Salvage, on Friday at 6 p.m.

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Orlando acid-rockers Room Full of Strangers performs with Waylon Thornton & His Heavy Hands, and Dungeons and Dragrons on Friday at Mars Pub, starting at 9 p.m.

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On Friday, local alt-country rockers Whiskey & Co. performs with two-piece band West Hexes at The Atlantic, starting at 10 p.m.

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The closest thing to a “Gainesville sound” you can hear, Morningbell, performs with local dance-rock-heroes Bang Bang Boom and garage-soul sextet Heartburglars at High Dive on Friday, starting at 9:30 p.m.

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On Saturday, local hip-hop artist D.P. plays with local reggae rockers Duppies and soul-poppers Movers, Shakers and Risk Takers on Saturday at High Dive, starting at 5 p.m.

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The Jam hosts a St. Paddy's Day Fest with South Florida rock 'n' roll quintet The Heavy Pets and Chroma on Sunday, starting at 2 p.m.

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