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24 bands. 9 nights. 1 crown.

An annual springtime Boston Rock Music Festival


Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble, Spring 2015

Everything to know about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble…

THE Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble is a time-honored tradition, an institution and the World Series of Boston Rock. While it is technically a “battle of the bands,” and the longest running one in the country, it has grown into far more of a 9 night Boston music festival than a competition. Bands do compete. Make no mistake. They step up and step out and can really change their course in town and how they perform as a band. Fact. 

All involved have an amazing experience of meeting new people, gaining new fans and rocking a lot of faces.

Bands are invited by me, Anngelle Wood, host of Boston Emissions — where the Rumble began all those years ago. I have hosted and organized since 2009.

#RUMBLE35 raised the stakes. I will be looking at bands very carefully for 2015. 

Those who agree to participate are paid to appear. Finalists get cash and prizes. 

Past notables who have participated include ‘Til Tuesday, Morphine, Face to Face, Del Fuegos, Powerman 5000, Letters To Cleo, Piebald, Dresden Dolls, Amazing Royal Crowns, Moving Targets, La Peste, The Neighborhoods, Waltham, Darkbuster, Mission of Burma, Lost City Angels, Kings of Nuthin’, Quintaine Americana, Rods and Cones, The Sheila Divine, Seka, Gigolo Aunts, 6L6, Scissorfight, Sam Black Church, Gang Green, The Shods, Trona, Stompbox, Think Tree, Heretix, Tribe, O Positive, Lemonheads, Slapshot, Girls Guns and Glory, Blake Babies, Big Dipper, Cavedogs, Volcano Suns, Talking to Animals… much more at the wiki page.

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How Does It Work?

No band applies or ever pays to play in the Rumble. There is no application. What I look for when considering bands includes the following. This is the most basic criteria. Other considerations do and will apply.

  • must be from Boston or New England
  • must receive airplay on Boston Emissions with Anngelle Wood. ***Band members (actual members of your band), reach out to the show and send music and band info. Boston Emissions music submissions link is here.
  • must be working to establish yourself in the local music community. Being local is far more than just the location you listed.
  • must be currently playing the local venues in and around Boston. Check the out the local listings and venue sites to learn more.
  • must release new music within this year in single/EP/LP or digital form (and it should make it to my email inbox!)
  • must have streaming music available for review (Bandcamp is preferred)

Other important info for potential Rumble bands should have:

-proper contact information, release dates and band member information easily accessible on web pages with someone who checks band email.

-high resolution band press photos with permission for use

-professionally written band bio for all press

What all bands should consider:

-get involved in the music community

-how you are or aren’t promoting yourselves

-pay attention to what’s happening locally, on the show, in the community.
Get to know the other bands within your scene. Leave the house.
I am paying attention to what bands are doing. And not doing.


Anngelle Wood, photos by Johnny Anguish/Daykamp Music

What’s The Deal?

Please know that the list of bands is started well in advance from actual time bands are chosen and announced. The process takes time. It has included some 100 bands and must be narrowed down to just 24. This is very difficult and much care is taken in the vetting process. I watch what a bands does, how active they are and how much they work to promote themselves. I don’t hear from you, it is safe to say you aren’t really working at it. Fair enough.

This very long list includes some of the most active bands over this past year as well as the ones that have gotten my attention during this time. It is as very much about the work a band does throughout the year. 

It is not the “24 best bands” in Boston. Some great bands say no. 

While we appreciate any bands’ desire to be part of the Rumble, it is not likely that you will get a response for, “What’s the Rumble?” and “Why is my band not in the Rumble?” or “You suck because my band is totally the best band in Boston and deserves to be in the Rumble!” emails.

I’m pretty in tune to who is bitching online about the Rumble. Good for you. 

Every effort will be made to respond to legitimate inquiries. Some bands write to simply express their interest, ask a question, or send music again as a reminder. This is all good business. Some bands may not be ready. Some bands may not have gotten airplay. It’s a good idea to send music. 

Full-powered assbasketry could find its way into the public forum.  

Thank you for caring. It really is an amazing experience for everyone involved. April is our favorite time of the year. 

Our very public music submission information can always be found at http://bostonemissions.tumblr.com - please read it.

In the words of one of the most successful local bands of 2014, “We started to act like a band.” It showed.

Thank you.

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Congratulations 2014 Rumble Crown Takers, Goddamn Draculas!

An amazing year! Thank you!

And some thank yous from Anngelle.

Photos by Johnny Anguish/Daykamp Music

2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble, the 35th annual, kicks off at TT the Bear’s in Central Square in Cambridge on Sunday, April 6 with 6 preliminary nights:

-Sunday, April 6
-Monday, April 7
-Tuesday, April 8
*Off Wednesday for the traditional day of rest
-Thursday, April 10
-Friday, April 11
-Saturday, April 12
Semi-Finals are Thursday, April 17 and Friday, April 18 
 
Finals are Friday, April 25
 
24 bands from Boston and New England will take part. 
Band selection has been underway and invitations go out this month. 
 
Clear your calendars for #Rumble35!
http://www.bostonemissions.com

2013 Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble

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Rumble design by Tyler Littwin/Blake Ink United
Photos by Johnny Anguish/Daykamp Music

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David Santos of 2013 Rumble champs, Eddie Japan

Class of 2013

Blackbutton, Camden, Cancer Killing Gemini, Coyote Kolb, The Daily Pravda, The Deep North, Eddie Japan, Endation, The Field Effect, Glenn Yoder and the Western States, Herra Terra, Jack Burton vs. David Lo Pan, Lifestyle, Mount Peru, The New Highway Hymnal, The Okay Win, Parks, Ruby Rose Fox, The Suicide Dolls, Supermachine, Twin Berlin, Velah, Whitcomb, White Dynomite.

2012 Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble

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Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck 

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 Bow Thayer, from 2012 champions, Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck

 Class of 2012

Animal Talk, Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck, BrownBoot, The Bynars, Cask Mouse, Cooling Towers, Endless Wave, The Fagettes, Garvy J. and the Secret Pockets of Hope and Resistance, Ghosts of Jupiter, Grey Valley Ghost, The Grinds, The Grownup Noise, Letterday, Motherboar, Never Got Caught, Parlour Bells, Pray For Polanski, The Rationales, Sherman Burns, Streight Angular, The Susan Constant, The Tin Thistles, Thick Shakes.

 Photos by Daykamp Music // Design by Blake Ink United

2011 Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble Bands

                                             Full Body Anchor

                                                 A Wish for Fire

                             Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys

                                                   OldJack

                                             Tired Old Bones

                                             Sidewalk Driver

                                          Cradle To The Grave

                                Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling

                                     The Autumn Hollow Band

                                             Mellow Bravo

                                            The Acro-brats

                                            McAlister Drive

                                               Spirit Kid

                                               Black Thai

                                           Stereo Telescope

                                             TRiPLE THiCK

                                               Cult 45

                                        Tijuana Sweetheart

                                         The Blizzard of 78

                                 Jenny Dee and the Deeliquents

                             John Powhida International Airport

                                      Keep Me Conscious

                                        The Year Million

                                        Static of the Gods