• Speaking of gear, Cleveland's Mr. Gnome are swimming in it, using only two people to make a dense, swirling rock noise with goth and surrealistic tinges. Their excellent new record, Madness in Miniature, isn't a concept album, but they coulda fooled me.
• Minneapolis' Peter Wolf Crier started off soundtracking a performance piece, but now they've become a real live boy. I mean, band. A real live band... Hey, does anyone else think Geppetto was a little creepy, a lonely old bachelor wanting to build a child out of wood?
Also, more Up and Comings than you can shake a stick at. But we don't blame you for trying, stick-shaker.
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