Unlike many bands who name their bands after cities they haven’t spent much time in, Sao Paulo Underground actually formed in the Brazilian city and keeps strong ties to it. Chicago post-rocker Rob Mazurek travelled to the metropolis several years ago, where he met Mauricio Takara. From there the two enlisted other members for the group, released their debut album, Sauna: Um, Doise, Tres, in 2006, and have been steadily on the rise ever since. Given that three of the bandmembers specialize in percussion, it’s no surprise that The Principle of Intrusive Relationships, the group’s second full-length, is rhythm-centric and highly focused around the possibilities of the drum set. Half samba rock, half free-jazz, this one puts most percussionists to shame.

Sao Paulo Underground – Cosmogonia