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Ume in Bloom

The droning, thrashing guitar rock of local up-and-comers Ume immediately evokes comparisons to Sonic Youth. But there's no comparison for Ume's lead singer-guitarist, Lauren Larson. The petite Larson whizzes across the stage like a Tasmanian devil on PCP, creating a tornado of blond hair as she belts out fierce vocals and lays down killer riffs. Anchoring the chaos is bassist Eric Larson (her husband) and drummer Jeff Barrera, who put out a steady, calculated rhythm. Today Ume plays at Rudyard's with Oneida, Black Snakes and Kangaroo.
Thu., July 27, 9 p.m.


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