Last week we got the participating bands in the 2013 ROCK AND ROLL RUMBLE, and last night we got the nightly lineups, randomly drawn out of RICHARD BOUCHARD'S hat live on the air during organizer ANNGELLE WOOD's local rock program, Boston Emissions on WZLX. It's official -- start your amps.
Of course, enough people by now have noted that among the very best elements of the Rumble are pairing up bands that would normally never share a bill together.
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.
Now that the 33rd annual ROCK N ROLL RUMBLE has wrapped up its 24-band preliminary week -- and readies to take on T.T. The Bear's Place once again on Thursday for the first of two back-to-back semifinal nights -- let's compile all six of our Rumble recaps into one convenient mega-post. Here's what we saw, heard and eventually wrote, posted the day after each night (semifinals schedule after the jump).
Rumble Night #4 preliminary round winners: Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck
For a Rock N' Roll Rumble novice like myself, the event witnessed Friday night was an absolute affirmation of not just the strength of Boston music, but the supportiveness that the bands have for one another -- despite the ridiculous contrast in styles and personalities.
Rumble Night #4 preliminary round winners: Cask Mouse
The first time I had ever heard the name CASK MOUSE was via text message last January from Carl Lavin, who was at O’Brien’s Pub the night they rootsy folk act played on a bill with Jim Healey, Zip-Tie Handcuffs, and Keith Pierce of Mellow Bravo. It was one of those “You should see the crowd reaction this band is getting” messages I’ve occasionally gotten from Lavin over the past decade or so (the first one was for like Black Rebel Motorcycle around 2001).
Rumble Night #3 preliminary round winners: Ghosts of Jupiter
Back in the mid-2000s, the Rock And Roll Rumble was suffering from a sort of self-inflicted crisis. A proud, three-decade franchise of WBCN, the bands that were winning the damn thing did not mesh at all with the hard rock radio station’s format.
Rumble Night #2 preliminary winners: Garvy J
After a pretty solid opening night on Sunday, the Rumble trudged on last night with perhaps the series’ most eclectic bill. Looking back on it, I guess you can say it was fairly predictable that the gravel-pit glam rock of rock of GARVY J would take home the honors (disclosure: I was a judge, and the end result was accurate), but the night offered three other glimpses into varying scenes that proved just as interesting as who was going to win.
Rumble Night #1 preliminary winners: The Rationales
A few things I didn’t expect happened after WBCN went under a few years ago: The ROCK 'N' ROLL RUMBLE continued unabated by the demise of its corporate overlords, and because its administration fell under the auspicious of flesh-and-blood humans instead of a radio station that plays Sublime and Dave Matthews every 20 minutes, it was no longer fashionable to affect a snarky, jaded, bitchy attitude about the venerable battle of the bands.
Perhaps you noticed the shitstorm that rained down after the Phoenix revealed that Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents had withdrawn from the semi-finals of the Rock And Roll Rumble. Perhaps you noticed Jenny Dee herself accusing us of getting our facts wrong, and her fans following suit. For the record: the fact remains that JD&D blew off the Rumble for a one-off gig in Gloucester.