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MSNRA brings hip-hop harmonies to High Dive


The Gainesville hip-hop band MSNRA performs tonight at High Dive. (Courtesy of MSNRA)

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 10:41 a.m.

This town’s hip-hop scene appears to be on the cusp of a great musical explosion, leaving everyone in its path breathless and in awe. Right in that mix is MSNRA, a group of eight, talented young people who are making meaningful, local hip-hop. Not only has the group not been a band for too long (less than a year), their sound is fresh and new while also being a throwback to before dub step and auto-tune. These folks have three emcees, enough instruments to make any rock purist change how they feel about hip-hop and some incredible harmonies that create vastly deep sonic landscapes that you can really just melt into.

Check them out tonight along with performances by local experimental blues-rockers Flat Land and False Flag at High Dive, starting at 9 p.m.

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On Friday, the most creative, progressive and frankly, just the best band to ever come out of Gainesville, Morningbell, performs a release show for their newest and best album yet, “Boa Noite,” at High Dive on a bill also featuring the Shoddy Beatles and local garage-soul sextet Heart Burglars, starting at 9 p.m.

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Sidereal, our ambient reggae neighbors to the north (Jacksonville to be exact), hosts a CD release-show at High Dive along with local soft-rockers Naked Jane, and one of Orlando’s many up and coming ska bands, Ovibes, on Saturday starting at 9 p.m.

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Catch some sweet tunes and some delicious brunch on Sunday with Nook & Cranny’s Mark Archer, and Mr. Gainesville himself, Ricky Kendall, at Loosey’s starting at noon.

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Minnesotan and indie singer/songwriter Har Mar Superstar, who has previously performed with Father John Misty, a personal favorite, appears Sunday with local hip-hopper Shermy D, the Starke-based sex-rock trio Electric Church and Fyan F10 at 1982, starting at 8 p.m.

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Break Science, the rap duo from Brooklyn, N.Y., performs with Bells and Robes, and Illterror at High Dive on Sunday, starting at 9 p.m.

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Miami stoner/metal-rockers Floor performs with Thrones, local punk rockers Rose Cross and Radiation on Sunday at The Atlantic, starting at 9 p.m.

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Loosey’s hosts what is known as a “Monday Funday” free show, which entails alcohol and good music by post-emo locals Dikembe as well as Glocca Morra and Luther from Philadelphia on Monday, starting at 9:30 p.m.

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Last but not least, surf-rock pioneer Dick Dale swings through town and performs with local surf-punk duo Waylon Thornton & Heavy Hands and local rockers Young Hookers on Wednesday at High Dive, starting at 8 p.m.

Contact Scott Kauffmann at kauffmann1987@gmail.com.

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