Mount Carmel + Vaz + Columboid + Exploding View

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Mount Carmel
Mount Carmel furnishes the funkiest blues-rock strut we've heard in some time, a dangerously swinging shimmy that'll make your ears grow bell-bottoms (or something). Helping to set the stage for the Columbus, OH, trio is Vaz, a local noise-rock three-piece—featuring members of ’90s-era Amphetamine Reptile mainstays Hammerhead—that clobbers harder than just about any other band in town.