ROCK HUNT 2014: SEMI-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED!
DON’T MISS OUT ON ROCK HUNT 2014!
Don’t miss your chance to check out the 2014 WBRU Rock Hunt, Providence’s premier local music contest! Local music acts will have the chance to win more than $4,500.00 worth of prizes, in cash, music video recording services, or radio advertising time. Like us on Facebook to stay tuned with more info on Rock Hunt and ways YOU can get involved in selecting this year’s Rock Hunt Finalists!
2014 Rock Hunt Semifinal Performance Dates and Locations are as Follows:
NEW! semifinalists announced!
can’t wait to see our semifinalists in action? read up on the great groups below!
The Rare Occasions
The Rare Occasions, from Barrington, RI, began in the Spring of 2012 when Brian and Luke (formerly of The Valar) decided to start a college band. Brian and Luke rounded out their group with Peter and Jeremy, making up the half-Tufts, half-Berklee collaboration. The band has performed at Tuft’s spring Fling, opening for Guster and Lupe Fiasco. Additionally, the group has two recorded Eps, “Demos” (2012) and “Applefork” (2013), and plans to release a third EP this Spring. The Rare Occasions have played all over Providence and Boston including Fête Ballroom + Lounge, The Spot Underground, and the Middle East Downstairs. The Rare Occasions have been played regularly on several local stations and WBRU could not be happier to have them as a Rock Hunt Semifinalist!
Here We Just Dream
Here We Just Dream come to us from Fall River, MA, after forming in 2012. The groups latest EP, “Wind with You,” dropped last spring, and the band will record their first full-length album in the coming months. Here We Just Dream have performed at numerous local venues such as Fête Ballroom, Firehouse 13, Brighton Music Hall, The Middle East, and T.T. the Bears Place in Cambridge, MA. With Brad Goff on Guitar/Vocals, Taylor Kirkwood on Keyboards/Vocals, Andrew Davis on Bass/Vocals, Tim Doherty on Guitars, and Matt Heisler on Drums, Here We Just Dream produces a great sound at the juncture of indie and prog. Influenced by groups such as Yes, Chili Peppers, Fleet Foxes, and Cinematic Orchestra, the group expounds upon their “philosophy to operate without creative limitation.”
The October Accord
Made up of Kerri (vocals), Josh (guitar), Holly (guitar), Austin (bass), and Taydon (drums), The October Accord formed 2011 and have since appeared for performances at The Met, Midday Social Competition, The Palladium, The Lucky Dog in Worcester, The Spot Underground, McGanns in Boston, Battle for Rock and Sock and more, opening for numerous impressive headliners along the way. The group has several great shows upcoming throughout the community, only one of which is their Rock Hunt appearance. We are so pumped to have gotten in on the action, and we can’t wait to see what The October Accord can really do!
Wild Sun, from Westerly, RI, formed in early 2013 with the goal of “delivering poignant original songs with improvised live shows as The Band or The Allman Brothers did many years ago.” Wild Sun’s material and energetic performance have found them playing several shows a month at bars and venues in RI , CT, and MA. In the first year, Wild Sun made enough money performing to fund a touring van and a full length album produced and recorded by Bryce Goggin (Phish, Pavement, The Ramones). The album was recorded during January 2014 in Brooklyn NY and is currently being mastered by Fred Kevorkian. It will be released at the end of March.
Jason Dolbec, Jarod Cournoyer, Ryan Tremblay, and Dave Boulet make up Woonsocket band The Stilts. The Stilts were formed in October for 2011 and have since played shows at AS220, Local 121, The Spot Underground, The Roi, Dusk, Stage Right Studio, SOTP Playhouse, Firehouse 13, Mardi-Gras MultiClub, as well as other festivals and venues. The group recorded their full length album “Yellow Hound” this past fall, due out this spring! Seems like they’ve been hard at work and we can’t wait to see if their hard work pays off in this year’s Rock Hunt competition!
Blake, Katy, Amy, and Ron, came together in 2012 to form their band, Paryah. Since formation the group has played in clubs across Warwick, Cranston, Pawtucket, Providence, Worcester, and Boston. The groups first CD of two songs was released in 2013, and have since recorded music videos for each of the tracks. The band has drawn comparisons to No Doubt, Garbage, Halestorm, and Black Stone Cherry. As dictated by their Facebook page, Paryah “has a penchant for talking to strangers. In fact, their very existence has depended upon it.” Strangers to WBRU, we are so excited to meet Paryah this month!
Smith&Weeden, from the heartland of Providance, formed in the summer of 2011 and have since opened for the likes of Deer Tick, Justin Townes Earle, and The Low Anthem, while simultaneously headlining gigs throughout Providence. Band members Jesse Smith, Seamus Weeden, Oliver Williams, and Dylan Sevey recorded their first full length record in the spring of 2013 at the Columbus Theatre with Ben and Jeff of The Low Anthem. The album is due out early this May! Don’t miss them at Rock Hunt 2014 for a sneak peak at the yet-to-drop record.
The Can’t Nots
The Can’t Nots of Pawtucket were formed in 2011. Bobby Brierly (guitar), Darren Frigon (bass), Gary Wilkinson (drums), and Naomi Wilkinson (vocals) have since played with international acts Hank + Cupcakes and Cults. Their songs were featured in two films, released 2013. In addition, the group has played gigs throughout Providence at venues such as the Met, AS220, Fête, and The Spot Underground. The Can’t Knots had their first EP, “Applesauce,” released in 2011 and just recently released new EP, “Radio Pudding.” Both albums had strong reviews and plays on WBRU. Can’t wait to see The Can’t Nots in person at last!
Another group from right here in Providence, Jetty was formed mid-2012. Despite being a young group, the local Providence musicians are no strangers, having performed at The Spot, Fête, Local 121, Dusk, the ROI, and the Providence Social Club, among other venues. Outside of the group, band members have been performing in various other local projects over the past six years. Jetty recorded their first full-length album was recorded in late 2012, before the group released five new tracks in the summer of 2013. The group is currently working on another full length album. Their inspiration comes largely from electronic music, yet the band aims to authentically recreate their sounds on a live stage– Can’t wait to see them in action!
who are you placing your bets on, Providence?