April 8, 2013

Rock Over Boston: Rock and Roll Rumble, Night 1

[Night one of the 2013 Boston Rock and Roll Rumble. Photos by Michael Piantigini.]

We can all look to Boston's Rock 'n' Roll Rumble for a reminder of why we participate in music - and particularly local music - in the ways that we do. Whether we're playing music, DJing, writing about music, or just making rock clubs our second home, that impulse to share and share in the music that moves us is what gets us off the couch on a Sunday night (on Mad Men season premier night, no less) and connect with not only the sticky floors of our feedback-filled dreams, but friends and sounds old and new.

But the Rumble belongs to the bands. All of them. Winners and not-winners. I again had the honor of participating as a judge, and it was no less difficult than last year to have only one winner. The somewhat understated The Okay Win opened the night with their solid, engaging indie sound that doesn't beat you over the head with their 3 guitars; Cancer Killing Gemini swung for the fences with an aggressive, driving assault by a rhythm section that will not be denied; and Velah's slow-burning, finely-crafted pop made a convincing case to close it all out; but, just before that, New Highway Hymnal had one of those sets that just got down to business and never looked back through deep psych waves of reverb cut through only by saturated, pulsing bass lines and drums that swung. Their no-nonsense hit-and-run took the night (Haverhill represent!) and to celebrate you can grab their most recent album, Whispers, for free (name-your-price) right over here.

And this was just the beginning. Still five more nights of preliminaries to go, all of it at TT The Bear's, a Boston rock institution in its own right. See you out there:

Monday, April 8:
9:00 Endation
9:45 The Deep North
10:30 Herra Terra
11:15 Camden

Tuesday, April 9:
9:00 Eddie Japan
9:45 Supermachine
10:30 Glenn Yoder and the Western States
11:15 Blackbutton

Thursday, April 11:
9:30 Mount Peru
10:15 Whitcomb
11:00 Lifestyle
11:45 Twin Berlin

Friday, April 12:
9:30 Coyote Kolb
10:15 The Field Effect
11:00 The Suicide Dolls
11:45 White Dynomite

Saturday, April 13:
9:30 Parks
10:15 Jack Burton vs. David Lo Pan
11:00 Ruby Rose Fox
11:45 The Daily Pravda

Thursday, April 18:

Friday, April 19:

Friday, April 26:

- Michael Piantigini

New Highway Hymnal: Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr
Velah: Intertubes | Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter
Cancer Killing Gemini: Intertubes | Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter
The Okay Win: Intertubes | Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

Rock 'n' Roll Rumble: Intertubes | Facebook | Twitter
Boston Emissions: Intertubes | Facebook | Twitter
Rumble history: Wikipedia


Street Holton said...

next post maybe indicate event location.

Jay Breitling said...

Fair point.

ClickyClickyRock said...


Jay Breitling said...

Meant to clean that up last night. We'll get 'em next time, champ.