The Best Battle of the Bands
in America returns!
The Rock ‘n’ Rumble (wiki link) is the perfect mix of old tradition (founded in 1979 at the long-since defunct Rat) and the new (rejuvenated/rescued event featuring the crest of Boston's new band explosion). It’s also been the annual event for checking out what's happening and new in New England, but with the latest thrust of multi-disciplinary, cross-genre talent the last half decade here in Boston, attending and following this event has become requisite for understanding where the music scene is at the moment and (perhaps most importantly) where it is headed.
The list of previous Rumble notable acts continues to grow: ‘Til Tuesday, Morphine, Face to Face, The Del Fuegos, Powerman 5000, Bleu, Letters To Cleo, Dresden Dolls, Amazing Royal Crowns, La Peste, The Neighborhoods, Waltham, Darkbuster, Mission of Burma, Rods and Cones, The Sheila Divine, 6L6, Scissorfight, Sam Black Church, The Shods, Gang Green, The Bags, Stompbox, Think Tree, Heretix, Tribe, Piebald, The Ghost of Tony Gold, O Positive, Quintaine Americana, Lemonheads, Slapshot, Blake Babies, Big Dipper, Cavedogs, and Talking to Animals.
24 new bands have been invited to join the fray this year. Lineups are selected randomly. A night could include a pop band, country-western band, progressive rock act and a heavy metal band. One will advance from each night. Two wild cards (the highest rated non-victorious sets) will also advance to the next round. There will ultimately be one victor from this entire process but it's hard to argue that everyone involved: the bands, the fans and the scene - are the winners of this magical process.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble 2013
Sun, April 7 through Sat, April 13 (Wed is the day of rest) – Tickets: $8
Thur, April 18 and Fri, April 19 – Tickets: $10
3 finalists & special guest band
Fri, April 26 – Tickets: $12
2011 Rumble Winners:
John Powhida International Airport
As a long-time attendee all I can say about this event is to expect the unexpected.. Often times the band you don't know about or perhaps even have low expectations for is the one that shines. The bands are selected and invited so being a part of this process is a privilege. The band that seizes the moment and blows away the crowd can go far! This being said, 2013 could be one of the overall, strongest years - one of the best mix of new talent, the Rumble has ever seen. (You may want to consider catching all the shows, many do!) Check the lineups, attend some shows, monitor the results!
SCHEDULE OF BANDS:
SUN APRIL 7 - PRELIM NIGHT 1
MON APRIL 8 - PRELIM NIGHT 2
TUES APRIL 9 - PRELIM NIGHT 3
THURS APRIL 11 - PRELIM NIGHT 4
FRI APRIL 12 - PRELIM NIGHT 5
SAT APRIL 13 - PRELIM NIGHT 6