Wednesday, April 18, 2007

WBCN BOSTON ROCK N ROLL RUMBLE FINALISTS: After eight nights of band battles in Boston, the 29th annual 'BCN Rock N Roll Rumble finals will take place this Friday in Boston (sidenote: for a radio station to have been doing ANYTHING for 29 years straight is quite an accomplishment these days!). Winners of the Rumble in previous years include The Dresden Dolls, The Sheila Divine, The Amazing Royal Crowns, Gang Green and 'Til Tuesday. Bands that have participated in the past include Aberdeen City, Apollo Sunshine, Cave-In, Piebald, Letters To Cleo, Morphine, Powerman 5000, The Lemonheads and Face To Face. Here's some information about the two finalists and the wildcard band:
BAKER (unsigned, unpublished) -- Five-piece based in Cambridge, MA. Recently completed recording their debut full-length with producer Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr., Apollo Sunshine, Self Righteous Brothers). Shins-y/Modest Mouse-y/Sonic Youth-y. Not major label material, but could still be successful if marketed properly.

TOWNSHIP (unsigned, unpublished) -- Quartet from Roslindale, MA. Very cool stuff -- sounds like Jack White singing over lost rough demos from The Who. The fact that they've got bands in their MySpace top 'friends' list including Slade, Sir Lord Baltimore, Bubble Puppy (?!) and Captain Beyond earns them WICKED points.

THE INDEFINITE ARTICLE (unsigned, unpublished) -- Hmmm...These guys are the wild card act and I think only the fine folks of Boston and 'BCN know why. White boy funky-jammy hip-hop. Ozomatli with an overbite. If you like this sorta stuff, you'll like the band -- and I'm sure they'd sell merch if they played Bonnaroo, but....ehh... They DO have lots of shows booked, so they're hard-working guys. We'll give 'em that.