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24 bands. 9 nights. 1 crown.

An annual springtime Boston Rock Music Festival

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!

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

Bands are invited and 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, 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, 6L6, Scissorfight, Sam Black Church, Gang Green, The Shods, Trona, Stompbox, Think Tree, Heretix, Tribe, O Positive, Lemonheads, Slapshot, Swinging Steaks, Blake Babies, Big Dipper, Cavedogs, Volcano Suns, Talking to Animals, [also see]


How Does It Work?

While no band applies or pays to play in the Rumble, there are certain considerations in band selection. They include, but are not limited to: 

  • band/artist must be from Boston or New England
  • band/artist should be working to establish itself in the local music community and be actively playing around Boston and vicinity.
  • band/artist should be currently playing the local venues. Check the local blogs, sites and publications to learn more.
  • band/artist must release new music within the year in single/EP/LP, or digital form.
  • band/artist must receive airplay on Boston Emissions 
  • Send Music. Send Music. SEND MUSIC! 
    See Boston Emissions music submissions link here.
  • band/artist must have streaming music available — Bandcamp is preferred

(Tip: link your bandcamp to facebook, and your facebook to twitter!)

Other important info for potential Rumble bands:

-have proper contact information, release dates and band member information easily accessible on web pages

-have high resolution band press photos

-professional band bio for all press (few paragraphs, maximum)

-get involved in the music community

-pay attention to what’s happening locally, on the show, in the community. Get to know the other bands within your scene.
We are 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. 

This very long list includes some of the most active bands over this past year as well as the ones that have gotten the show’s 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.

Every effort will be made to respond to legitimate email 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.

Thank you.


2013 Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble



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



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





Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck 



 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


                                             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