Listening Party: Here are the 24 bands playing the 2016 Rock And Roll Rumble

There have been a lot of announcements regarding the 2016 Rock And Roll Rumble lately, from its new home of ONCE Ballroom and Lounge in Somerville, to word that Vanyaland is acting as this year’s media sponsor. But tonight on Boston Emissions with Anngelle Wood on WZLX 1007. FM, the biggest announcement of them all has arrived — these are the 24 bands throwing down in the World Series of Boston rock.

Wood, the Rumble’s longtime curator, is announcing each band, one by one, tonight on Boston Emissions. As they are revealed, until midnight, we’ll update this post with band links and embeds. In the meantime, here’s some other pertinent info: The Rumble preliminary week runs April 3 to 9, the semi-finals are April 15 and 16, and the grand finale goes down on Friday, April 22. Individual nightly lineups and groupings will be unveiled next weekend (Sunday, March 13 on Boston Emissions). Rumble “Six Pack” preliminary week passes are on sale now, and ticket info and other Rumble info can be found at

Featured photo up top of Nemes guitarist Dave Anthony, from last year’s Rumble final, by Derek Kouyoumjian for Vanyaland; see the full gallery here.

Let’s get down to business… (bands listed in order or reveal)

Midshow update: New Hampshire’s Scissorfight named as the special guest band at the 2016 Rumble. “This is my number one wish list Rock And Roll Rumble guest band,” says Wood. Scissorfight will perform at the April 22 final.

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I Was Awake — Beverly, Massachusetts

I Was Awake are a progressive rock band from the North Shore. A diverse blend of modern prog, metal and alternative styles woven within thought-provoking songwriting and energetic live shows. I Was Awake have released two EPs; I Was Awake in 2012 and Revenants in 2013. Their single, “The End” was released in late 2015. I Was Awake have finished recording their first full-length album Facade, recorded at New Alliance Audio and Q Division Studios, which is due out spring 2016.

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