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Best New Bands of 2012

January 11 marks the 2013 installment of First Avenue’s long-running Best New Bands showcase. The line-up this year is filled with bands that made a huge impression in the local community last year. Among the mix are high-school born acts Bomba De Luz and John Mark Nelson, Strange Names’ ’80s-influenced dance-pop, the dirty electro of Wiping Out Thousands, Picked To Click winners The Chalice, Eric Pollard’s new Bob Dylanesque affair Actual Wolf and the brand spankin’ new group Eleganza!, hopefully filling a void that rockers The Rockford Mules left after breaking up in the fall.<--break->

Hosted by The Local Show’s David Campbell, Off The Record’s Chase Mathey and Cities 97’s Jason Nagel, the night is an opportunity to look forward to a new year with some of our most buzzed about talent. You can find more information about the event and buy tickets at First Avenue’s website. Take a look at the approximate set times below and revisit coverage we did on the artists last year.

Set Times:
7:00 p.m. Doors
7:30 p.m. Bomba De Luz
8:10 p.m. Eleganza!
8:50 p.m. Strange Names
9:30 p.m. Actual Wolf
10:10 p.m. John Mark Nelson
10:50 p.m. Wiping Out Thousands
11:30 p.m. The Chalice

Bomba De Luz
2012 In-Studio
Interview with Lydia Hoglund




Strange Names
2012 In-Studio


Actual Wolf
2012 In-Studio



John Mark Nelson
2012 In-Studio

“Reminisce” Video


Wiping Out Thousands
Live Review



The Chalice
2012 In-Studio