Bathroom wall, Mid East Up

The Rock & Roll Rumble recap: I returned to The Middle East Upstairs last week. It was a homecoming of sorts, and the music was outstanding.


Rumble organizer and host Anngelle Wood shared from the Mid East Up stage on Friday night that when she took over the Rumble mantle in 2009, the annual battle of the bands took place in that very room. As I wrote last week, for over a decade, the Boston DJ and Boston Emissions host has been the producer of the Rock & Roll Rumble. Anngelle is a friend and a colleague and has done an outstanding job over the years of curating the Rumble, striking the perfect balance of honoring the event’s rich history and moving it forward.


And that’s precisely what she’s done with this year’s event. I missed the first night of the Preliminary round on Thursday, but I was out for nights two and three on Friday and Saturday. As it ever has been, the Rumble was a showcase of some of the best rock bands in the Boston metro. Anngelle adopts a broad definition of rock when choosing the acts to round out the field of 24, and that’s part of what makes the event so great. Bands with punk, hardcore, blues, prog, and reggae influences were all showcased.


So who were the winners?


Rock & Roll Rumble Recap: Prelims, Part 1

Night One went to the genre-mashing Kooked Out. Night Two’s winner was Worcester’s raucously loud Not Bad Not Good. The punk rock powerhouse One Fall took Night Three. These three bands will now advance to the Semifinals to compete against the winners of Nights Four, Five, and Six this upcoming April 13-15. Two Wildcard band will join the fray to form a field of eight. Get your tickets here. Get some shitty photos I took of Night Two and Night Three below.

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