Twenty-four bands, eight nights rocked, and one semifinal postponed because of mayhem in the streets, and the 2013 Rock ’n’ Roll Rumble is finally drawing to a close. The 34th installment of the battle of the bands, now sponsored by WZLX, draws from the best of New England’s rock talent. It will conclude Friday night at T.T. the Bear’s.
The preliminary and semifinal rounds saw some predictably captivating sets from up-and-coming contenders, like the abrasive, noise-psych of New Highway Hymnal, and the high-octane, earnest guitar pop of the Field Effect, but the judges have spoken, and only three acts remain: Glenn Yoder & the Western States, Eddie Japan, and Twin Berlin. We spoke to the finalists about their origins, their most memorable Rumble moments, and, since competitve rocking is often hard to quantify, sized them up for how they’d fare in an actual rumble. Luke O’Neil