Goddamn Draculas @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014

    Goddamn Draculas @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014

    Goddamn Draculas are going to the 35th Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble Finals.

    Petty Morals @ T.T. The Bear's Place 4.17.2014

    Petty Morals @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.17.2014

    Petty Morals just went off like a ch-ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb during Rumble Semifinal Night #1. They take the night.

    Await Rescue @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.12.2014

    Await Rescue @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.12.2014

    Await Rescue provided nonstop action in their prelim winning Rumble set.

    Western Education @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.10.2014

    Western Education @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.10.2014

    Western Education stayed out late on a school night and took Rumble Prelim Night #4 with a set of electro-modern tunes.

    Barricades @ T.T. The Bear's Place 4.8.2014

    Barricades @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.8.2014

    Energetic, hopeful and endearing, Barricades take Rumble Prelim Night #3.

    The Easy Reasons – “Piece” (2013)

    the easy reasons - piece
    The Easy Reasons
    “Piece”
    2013

    “Piece” introduced The Easy Reasons as a band to watch last fall. A roughed-up riff and the opening line “If you loved me I don’t know what I would do” stick immediately. The verses are simple and effective, leading to the big payoff — that chorus. Listen as The Easy Reasons serve up thick guitars and fiery vocals from the days of smoky bars and muscle cars. Shades of “Gimme Shelter” color the sound. It’s dark. It goes for the gut. That’s a rock ‘n’ roll hook, right there.

    Where to get it:

    Cooling Towers – “Hard Headed Woman” (2014)

    Cooling Towers - Hard Headed Woman
    Cooling Towers
    “Hard Headed Woman”
    2014

    Cooling Towers have put out a couple of cool NWOBID* tunes in 2014. “Hard Headed Woman” is my favorite of the pair. Cooling Towers cut to the chase on this one, jumping right into the catchy-as-all-hell chorus after a brief mood-setting intro. The song never looks back. The bridge? Please, the intertwining harmonies cloaked in desperation are p‑e‑r‑f‑e‑c‑t. I dig this track.

    Where to get it:

    * New Wave Of Boston Indie Disco

    Random Rumble Ramblings: 2014 (Part III)

    Anngelle: Loves the Rumble. Does not love water

    Anngelle: Loves the Rumble. Does not love water


    The 2014 Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble has been a doozy. The 35th installment of this storied event has seen incredible sets, meticulous preparation, substitute wildcards, misunderstood lyrics and riffs galore. Friday night will find Goddamn Draculas, Petty Morals and Await Rescue (wildcard) squaring off on the friendship stage to see who goes home with the Rumble tiara. It all happens at T.T. The Bear’s Place. The Information are in The Rumble.* Until then, chew on this…

    Second Chances At First Impressions

    Goddamn Draculas want to give you a big ol' friendship hug.

    Goddamn Draculas want to give you a big ol’ friendship hug.


    If you want to talk about first impressions, you can’t do better than the second Rumble sets from Tigerman Woah and Goddamn Draculas. Tigerman Woah began their semifinal set singin’ and stompin’ among the TT’s crowd. Not to be outdone, Bice Nathan and Chris Duggan from Goddamn Draculas stood side by side, backs to the crowd, in total darkness to start their set. When the word “DRAX” was projected onto the stage, it revealed the rallying cry printed on the back of their shirts: WE CAME TO SUCK.

    Tight and Outta Sight

    Petty Morals are in a Rumble state of mind.

    Petty Morals are in a Rumble state of mind.


    “Tight and Outta Sight” may be a Petty Morals song, but it also represents a Rumble state of mind. You’ve got to have your act together to do well in this competition. Petty Morals put on a real rock ‘n’ roll show to take the first semifinal night, but they weren’t alone in the preparation game. Await Rescue** and Barricades closed out their nights with precise and energetic sets that kept the outcomes in question to the very end.

    Wild Wild Card

    Yellabird was ready, willing, and able to be wild.

    Yellabird was ready, willing, and able to be wild.


    Aw man. I hate when stuff like this happens. Feints earned a spot as the Friday night wildcard, only to be silenced by doctor’s orders.*** Such a bummer. The plus side? Rumble-goers got another chance to witness Yellabird riff it up on the TT’s stage. Well done, gentlemen.

    Fun With Numbers

    When Particles Collide were one of two duos.

    When Particles Collide were one of two duos.

    • Two out of three ain’t bad: Both of the Semifinal winners came from the 3rd slot of their respective nights (Petty Morals and Goddamn Draculas).
    • Deuces are wild: There were 2 duos in this year’s Rumble. When Particles Collide and Yellabird both made it to the semifinal round as wildcards.
    • One way tie: After a strong showing for formal neckwear in the preliminary round, only Greg Alexandropoulos of Western Education wore a tie in the semifinals.

    Play Me Out

    The semifinal round was chock full o’tunes. Here are some of the ones that had me wired.

    * As this year’s non-competing guest band.

    ** Jed Gottlieb observed that “nobody prepared more for the Rumble” than Await Rescue. I’m not going to argue with him.

    *** Get well soon, Amy!

    Barricades @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014

    Just when you thought The Rumble didn’t have anything left to give, Barricades came out and energized the TT’s crowd with a charged, pop-tinged indie rock set. Semifinal Night #2 ended with yet another band raising their game. Well done.

      • Barricades @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
      • Barricades @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
      • Barricades @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
      • Barricades @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
      • Barricades @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
      • Barricades @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
      • Barricades @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
      • Barricades @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
      • Barricades @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
      • Barricades @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
      • Barricades @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
      • Barricades @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
      • Barricades @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
      • Barricades @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
      • Barricades @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
      • Barricades @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014

      Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble 2014 Semifinal Night #2
      Yellabird
      Tigerman Woah
      Goddamn Draculas (Winner)
      Barricades

      Goddamn Draculas @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014

      WE CAME TO SUCK. Yeah, right. Goddamn Draculas are going to the 35th Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble Finals. Watch yer necks.

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        • Goddamn Draculas @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
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        • Goddamn Draculas @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
        • Goddamn Draculas @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
        • Goddamn Draculas @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
        • Goddamn Draculas @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
        • Goddamn Draculas @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
        • Goddamn Draculas @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014

        Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble 2014 Semifinal Night #2
        Yellabird
        Tigerman Woah
        Goddamn Draculas (Winner)
        Barricades

        Tigerman Woah @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014

        It’s hard not to get sucked into Tigerman Woah’s world when they’re up on stage (or in the crowd) ranting and hollering. Might as well go along for their Rumble Semifinal ride.

          • Tigerman Woah @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
          • Tigerman Woah @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
          • Tigerman Woah @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
          • Tigerman Woah @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
          • Tigerman Woah @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
          • Tigerman Woah @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
          • Tigerman Woah @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
          • Tigerman Woah @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
          • Tigerman Woah @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
          • Tigerman Woah @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
          • Tigerman Woah @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
          • Tigerman Woah @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
          • Tigerman Woah @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
          • Tigerman Woah @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
          • Tigerman Woah @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014

          Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble 2014 Semifinal Night #2
          Yellabird
          Tigerman Woah
          Goddamn Draculas (Winner)
          Barricades

          Yellabird @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014

          Yellabird blend The Bends era Radiohead with Black Sabbath. Think about how cool that is. Filling in for a recovering Feints, they pummeled their way through a set to open Rumble Semifinal Night #2.

            • Yellabird @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
            • Yellabird @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
            • Yellabird @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
            • Yellabird @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
            • Yellabird @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
            • Yellabird @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
            • Yellabird @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
            • Yellabird @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
            • Yellabird @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014
            • Yellabird @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.18.2014

            Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble 2014 Semifinal Night #2
            Yellabird
            Tigerman Woah
            Goddamn Draculas (Winner)
            Barricades

            Await Rescue @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.17.2014

            The Rumble just ran into a buzz saw. Await Rescue tore through their amped up semifinal set with precision and attitude.

              • Await Rescue @ T.T. The Bear's Place 4.17.2014
              • Await Rescue @ T.T. The Bear's Place 4.17.2014
              • Await Rescue @ T.T. The Bear's Place 4.17.2014
              • Await Rescue @ T.T. The Bear's Place 4.17.2014
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              • Await Rescue @ T.T. The Bear's Place 4.17.2014
              • Await Rescue @ T.T. The Bear's Place 4.17.2014
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              • Await Rescue @ T.T. The Bear's Place 4.17.2014
              • Await Rescue @ T.T. The Bear's Place 4.17.2014
              • Await Rescue @ T.T. The Bear's Place 4.17.2014
              • Await Rescue @ T.T. The Bear's Place 4.17.2014
              • Await Rescue @ T.T. The Bear's Place 4.17.2014

              Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble 2014 Semifinal Night #1
              When Particle Collide
              Western Education
              Petty Morals (Winner)
              Await Rescue

              Petty Morals @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.17.2014

              Petty Morals just went off like a ch-ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb. These girls were tossing out punked-up, pop-rockin’ firecrackers all night. TT’s was gettin’ loose. Petty Morals take the win in Rumble Semifinal Night #1.

                • Petty Morals @ T.T. The Bear's Place 4.17.2014
                • Petty Morals @ T.T. The Bear's Place 4.17.2014
                • Petty Morals @ T.T. The Bear's Place 4.17.2014
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                • Petty Morals @ T.T. The Bear's Place 4.17.2014
                • Petty Morals @ T.T. The Bear's Place 4.17.2014
                • Petty Morals @ T.T. The Bear's Place 4.17.2014

                Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble 2014 Semifinal Night #1
                When Particle Collide
                Western Education
                Petty Morals (Winner)
                Await Rescue

                Western Education @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 4.17.2014

                Time for some new wave electro-boogie. Western Education makes music to move to. They brought their plugged-in energy to Rumble Semifinal Night #1.

                  • Western Education @ T.T. The Bear's Place 4.17.2014
                  • Western Education @ T.T. The Bear's Place 4.17.2014
                  • Western Education @ T.T. The Bear's Place 4.17.2014
                  • Western Education @ T.T. The Bear's Place 4.17.2014
                  • Western Education @ T.T. The Bear's Place 4.17.2014
                  • Western Education @ T.T. The Bear's Place 4.17.2014
                  • Western Education @ T.T. The Bear's Place 4.17.2014
                  • Western Education @ T.T. The Bear's Place 4.17.2014
                  • Western Education @ T.T. The Bear's Place 4.17.2014
                  • Western Education @ T.T. The Bear's Place 4.17.2014
                  • Western Education @ T.T. The Bear's Place 4.17.2014
                  • Western Education @ T.T. The Bear's Place 4.17.2014
                  • Western Education @ T.T. The Bear's Place 4.17.2014
                  • Western Education @ T.T. The Bear's Place 4.17.2014

                  Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble 2014 Semifinal Night #1
                  When Particle Collide
                  Western Education
                  Petty Morals (Winner)
                  Await Rescue