Fueled by frontman Eef Barzelay's admirably stubborn persistence, Clem Snide has been churning out literate, understated, often tragicomic pop ballads for nearly two decades. Thanks to a recent reformation of the group, new audiences are quickly discovering what they may have missed in the late '90s and The Aughts. The band stands as moderately overlooked innovators of their time, but on the strength of 2010's excellent The Meat of Life, it seems Clem Snide's best work could be yet to come. Joining the always dynamic Barzelay and crew is Vermont a cappella trio and musical soulmates Mountain Man. Before you ask, no, the band members are neither men nor originate from the mountains. But with enrapturing three-part harmonies so tranquilly unprecedented, these ladies can call themselves whatever the hell they want. An ideal venue, The Basement offers ultra-intimate acoustics that should emphasize the angelic Appalachian folk heard on MM's 2010 debut Made the Harbor. And when Barzelay's band steps into its sweeping stride, you'll want to be all ears.