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.
What a way to ring in a 21st birthday. It’s not every day that the opening act on a three-band bill (and the only local band in the lineup, to boot) gets such a reaction from the crowd that they’re asked to play a mini-encore. But that’s just what happened last night, as Wiping Out […]