Cleveland duo Mr. Gnome is one of those bands that seems to have existed forever, playing an endless circuit of regional shows to a mixed bag of audiences. But sometimes time rewards bands like that for their persistence with prizes like a fervent fan base and positive reviews in major national magazines, so Mr. Gnome returns to Skully's this Friday as a headliner after opening for many prominent locals over the years.

Cleveland duo Mr. Gnome is one of those bands that seems to have existed forever, playing an endless circuit of regional shows to a mixed bag of audiences. But sometimes time rewards bands like that for their persistence with prizes like a fervent fan base and positive reviews in major national magazines, so Mr. Gnome returns to Skully's this Friday as a headliner after opening for many prominent locals over the years.

Equal parts poppy and progressive, the band's new "Madness in Miniature" actually sounds huge, the product of far more ambition than typically gleaned from a two-piece garage band. The Receiver and The Wet Darlings open Friday's show.