The 2023 Rock & Roll Rumble Finals are set to take place at Sonia in Cambridge on Saturday, May 6. Let’s see who made it.

 

But first, let’s see how they made it there. After a few years off (thanks, COVID), the Rumble returned with a new field of 24 local acts. I wrote this piece, which gives a bit of the history of the Rumble and also introduces you to this year’s performers. I also was able to make it out to five of the six preliminary nights. I recapped the first round of prelim shows here, and I recapped the second round of prelim shows here.

 

Which brings us to last weekend’s semifinal round. I wasn’t able to attend, as I was doing Earth Day stuff with my family up in Maine. Thankfully, Rumble organizer and Boston Emissions host Anngelle Wood keeps the Rumble website up-to-date in good time. Friday night saw mod-pop-rock trio The Chelsea Curve defeat the field. Punk juggernaut One Fall took Saturday night. And the Finals field is rounded out with Ruin The Nite, a band made up of members of former Rumble champions Goddamn Draculas.

 

The 2023 Rock & Roll Rumble Finals Are Set

Speaking of Rumble Champions, the band that won it all in 2013–Eddie Japan–will be the 2023 special guest band. That’s four great, local bands for $20 on a Friday night in Central Square. I can’t say this enough: the overall vibe for this year’s Rumble has been welcoming, celebratory, and energetic. Watching these bands leave it all on the stage is about as satisfying of a live music experience anyone can ask for.

 

Put that shit in your calendar app: Rock & Roll Rumble Finals, Sonia in Cambridge, Saturday, May 6. Doors at 8, rock starts at 9. Get your tickets here. And keep scrolling to listen to the finalists.

  • Ruin The Nite

    Your 2023 Finals Wildcard

    Sound The Alarm, by Ruin The Nite

    Sound The Alarm by Ruin The Nite, released 11 November 2022 1. Voices 2. Watcher 3. Sang To Me 4. Fire Away 5. Someone To Blame 6. Confess Your Sins 7. Wait 8. Back Of Line 9. Answers 10. Sound The Alarm

  • The Chelsea Curve

    Your 2023 Semifinal Night One Winner

    All The Things, by The Chelsea Curve

    All The Things by The Chelsea Curve, released 31 March 2022 1. Jamie C'mon 2. Girl Cavedog 3. Drag. 4. Do All the Things 5. Inconceivable 6. Top It Up 7. Nuthin' Goin' On 8. 7000 Hours 9. Don't Look Down 10. Moriarty 11. Eye on You 12. A Better Way 13.

  • One Fall

    Your 2023 Semifinal Night Two Winner

    ONE FALL, by ONE FALL

    ONE FALL by ONE FALL, released 03 November 2022 1. Slingshot 2. Rats Abandon Ship 3. Shoot Straight Debut EP by ONE FALL from Salem, MA

  • Eddie Japan

    Your 2023 Guest Band, and 2013 Rumble Champ

    Time Machine featuring Greg Hawkes, by Eddie Japan

    Time Machine featuring Greg Hawkes by Eddie Japan, released 24 March 2023 Oooh baby, let's go back in time Back when it was your place or mine Way back before I moved in Can we get back to that place again?

  • The 2023 Rock & Roll Rumble Finals

    See you at Sonia on Saturday, May 6!

    Rumble Finals Flyer 2023

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