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Posted by Scott McLennan  April 5, 2013 05:19 PM

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The 34th Rock 'n' Roll Rumble begins tomorrow at TT the Bear's in Cambridge.

Go, because you loved the Rat.

Go, because you fell for a Scott Ricciuti song.

Go, because you read the Phoenix.

Go, because you listened to WBCN and WFNX.

Go, because we need our rock 'n' roll institutions, and rock 'n' roll institutions live in precarious times.

Most battles of the bands are cheesy affairs. The Rumble is not. It's as much a showcase as it is outright competition, taking a big umbrella approach that covers metal to Americana to electronica. It would welcome neo-metal Amer-onica if it could.

Rumble organizer Anngelle Wood of WZLX's  Boston Emissions local-music program, says she sifted through more than 80 possible contenders to build this year's class of 24 bands. Once a band has played a Rumble, it can never return to the arena, which makes every year a unique experience.

Here's the schedule for the preliminaries:

Sunday, April 7:  9 p.m. The Okay Win, 9:45 p.m. Cancer Killing Gemini, 10:30 p.m. The New Highway Hymnal, 11:15 p.m. Velah

Monday, April 8: 9 p.m. Endation, 9:45 p.m. The Deep North, 10:30 p.m. Herra Terra, 11:15 p.m. Camden

Tuesday, April 9: 9 p.m. Eddie Japan, 9:45 p.m. Supermachine, 10:30 p.m. Glenn Yoder and the Western States, 11:15 p.m. Blackbutton

Thursday, April 11: 9:30 p.m. Mount Peru, 10:15 p.m. Whitcomb, 11 p.m. Lifestyle, 11:45 p.m. Twin Berlin

Friday, April 12: 9:30 p.m. Coyote Kolb, 10:15 p.m. The Field Effect, 11 p.m. the Suicide Dolls, 11:45 p.m. White Dynomite

Saturday, April 13: 9:30 p.m. Parks, 10:15 p.m. Jack Burton vs. David Lo Pan, 11 p.m. Ruby Rose Fox, 11:45 p.m. the Daily Pravda

Judges vote on which bands advance out of the preliminaries each night.

The semifinals will happen Thursday, April 18 and and Friday, April 19.  Finals go down Friday, April 26

Everything happens at TT's, 10 Brookline St., Cambridge. For bios and music samples of this year's Rumblers, check out http://wzlx.cbslocal.com/rock-n-roll-rumble-2013/
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Scott McLennan is a Boston Globe music correspondent and previously wrote a music and entertainment column for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette for 15 years. After seeing the band Boston in the Boston Garden as a teenager he never looked back and eventually figured out how to be a professional fan. Scott is very good at writing in the dark. This blog is an ongoing discussion about music happening in and around Boston. Scott will be leading the trek across genres looking for new releases and hot shows as well as just checking in with the people who make Boston such a great place to listen. More »
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