The 34th Rock 'n' Roll Rumble begins tomorrow at TT the Bear's in Cambridge.
Go, because you loved the Rat.
Go, because you fell for a Scott Ricciuti song.
Go, because you read the Phoenix.
Go, because you listened to WBCN and WFNX.
Go, because we need our rock 'n' roll institutions, and rock 'n' roll institutions live in precarious times.
Most battles of the bands are cheesy affairs. The Rumble is not. It's as much a showcase as it is outright competition, taking a big umbrella approach that covers metal to Americana to electronica. It would welcome neo-metal Amer-onica if it could.
Rumble organizer Anngelle Wood of WZLX's Boston Emissions local-music program, says she sifted through more than 80 possible contenders to build this year's class of 24 bands. Once a band has played a Rumble, it can never return to the arena, which makes every year a unique experience.
Here's the schedule for the preliminaries:
Sunday, April 7: 9 p.m. The Okay Win, 9:45 p.m. Cancer Killing Gemini, 10:30 p.m. The New Highway Hymnal, 11:15 p.m. Velah
Monday, April 8: 9 p.m. Endation, 9:45 p.m. The Deep North, 10:30 p.m. Herra Terra, 11:15 p.m. Camden
Thursday, April 11: 9:30 p.m. Mount Peru, 10:15 p.m. Whitcomb, 11 p.m. Lifestyle, 11:45 p.m. Twin Berlin
Friday, April 12: 9:30 p.m. Coyote Kolb, 10:15 p.m. The Field Effect, 11 p.m. the Suicide Dolls, 11:45 p.m. White Dynomite
Saturday, April 13: 9:30 p.m. Parks, 10:15 p.m. Jack Burton vs. David Lo Pan, 11 p.m. Ruby Rose Fox, 11:45 p.m. the Daily Pravda
Judges vote on which bands advance out of the preliminaries each night.
The semifinals will happen Thursday, April 18 and and Friday, April 19. Finals go down Friday, April 26
Everything happens at TT's, 10 Brookline St., Cambridge. For bios and music samples of this year's Rumblers, check out http://wzlx.cbslocal.com/rock-n-roll-rumble-2013/
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