This year’s ROCK AND ROLL RUMBLE field of 24 contestants has been announced, and it’s a pretty stellar collection of bands that runs a spectrum of sound from metal to synthpop to Americana to indie rock (and pretty much everything else). You want a New England specific music fest? Here it is, right here, spread out over nine drunken nights in April at T.T. The Bear’s Place in Cambridge.
A pretty good representation of the varied styles of our city’s music scene (with entries from Vermont, Connecticut, Maine, and Central Massachusetts), this year’s class is a pretty wide-open field of bands with no real clear-cut favorite; much like last year’s event, when Vermont’s Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck surprised many by winning the crown and taking it home with them back to Central Vermont.
The 2013 Rumble bands were announced, one-by-one, earlier this evening live on organizer Anngelle Wood’s weekly show, Boston Emissions on WZLX. Here’s who is in it to win it:
Cancer Killing Gemini
The Daily Pravda
The Deep North
The Field Effect
Jack Burton vs. David Lo Pan
The New Highway Hymnal
The Okay Win
Ruby Rose Fox
The Suicide Dolls
Glenn Yoder and the Western States
And here’s what we wrote about the Rumble in this week’s Spring Music preview:
“Oh sure, the semifinals (April 18 and 19) and big finale (April 26) are a good time, but the real joy of the Rock & Roll Rumble comes in those six marathon preliminary nights (April 7 to 9, 11 to 13). Watching 24 Boston bands duke it out in a one-time-ferocious battle that's now more a celebration of our city's music scene is a something to behold. Yeah, winners are announced each night, and people do care who still moves on, but pairing four bands that would likely never share a stage together and watch their fans get exposed to other acts is the best part of the Rumble year in and year out.”
On next week’s show, they’ll announce the groupings and lineup, which features four bands each night over those six preliminary shows. One winner from each night will move on to the semis, as well two wild cards (one from the first three nights, another from the latter three). The two winners of the semis nights, and a third wild card from that second-round field of eight, will duke it out in the April 26 final.
For the hardcore, nine-night Rumble passes go on sale Monday morning via Ticketweb. Individual night tickets go on sale next week after the lineups are announced.
More to come. Get excited.