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Radio-Active Records' New Location Grand Opening, November 5

Radio-Active Records' Grand Opening Party
With Little Beard, Luma Junger, and Möthersky
Radio-Active Records, Fort Lauderdale
Saturday, November 5, 2011

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Road trippers making their way from Fort Kent, Maine, to Key West will now be able to satisfy their musical needs as they cruise through Broward County without a search-and-rescue mission away from the main drag. 

The lights and sounds from Radio-Active Records' new home beckoned vinyl addicts and music nerds in from its new home on Federal Highway on Saturday. Nestled in a row of kitschy human and animal grooming shops, a tattoo place, pinball machines, and the sexy Cubby Hole and just blocks from Laser Wolf, the new location is fitting for a store of its kind. The recent move warranted a celebration, and in Radio-Active's low-key style, that's what the flock of music nerds received.

Most entered the store from the back, where the Nacho Bizness food truck resided. Inside, the racks bulging with records were being man-handled and flipped through furiously by the covetous. Each section was easily marked, and no one was obviously or snobbily glaring at anyone else's picks. The selection of second-hand records seems the largest for many miles, and the cash register was busily binging away. 

In a cozy cove in the front of the store, Möthersky, Luma Junger, and Little Beard performed three sweetly short and somewhat loud sets. The young crowd listened to each band intently, heads bopping and toes tapping. 

Möthersky went up first. The two-man outfit includes Richard Vergez, who works at Radio-Active and graphically designs all its artwork. Amid knobs and pedals, one bass, one guitar, these two synthed out with otherworldly, dark sounds -- all very fitting for this bleak economy. There were a few technical difficulties at the beginning when Vergez made a joke about anyone having a good joke, then announcing that their drummer quit that day and that this was the best they could do. That actually was a joke. No problem; they didn't need the drummer. 
Their music isn't littered with climaxes, but it manages to be dramatic anyway with slow moments that aren't uninteresting. Very masculine, it's like a slightly groovier Joy Division or a Robert Smith-less, early '80s live Cure. At the end of the set, bassist Kelvin Mitchell played his way out into the crowd.

Next up was trio Luma Junger. The brainchild of Teresa Liberatore, live the band includes Autumn Casey of Snakehole and Dorys Bello. The three ladies sang concurrently, not harmonizing but creating a sort of haunting etherial siren sound. Like a roller coaster, the music moved from shy and slow to almost upbeat and inspirational, then breaking into a nicely arranged moment of metal. This sort of bipolar, happy-to-hard experimental sound gave a nice energy transition from Möthersky's shadowy sounds to Little Beard's pop rock.

The Miami foursome played a really tight set. Their music feels good without being too cheery. Sarah Attias singing and on keyboard has a lovely voice that meshes nicely with guitarist Michael Lee's. They have a subdued Yeah Yeah Yeahs dance rock vibe. The set ended with Attias dancing and then on her knees, intensely rocking back and forth, giving the crowd a delicious performative nightcap.Since there is no satisfying the ravenous hunger of a music fanatic for pressed wax, a trip to Radio-Active is in many of your near futures. Make it soon, and expect to come home a little poorer and significantly happier.

Next show takes place on November 12 with Missing People and Pocket of Lollipops at Radio-Active Records (845 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale). Möthersky and Luma Junger will perform on November 23 at Cinema Sounds at O Cinema (90 NW 29th St., Miami). 

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