The two dozen or so heads who caught DETROIT REBELLION ( at Machines With Magnets in October were treated to a righteous 35-minute set of chugging, train-robber blues. Jeff Toste enlisted drummer Michael Lamantia Jr. (known to all as "Mikey Lams") and has ignited something special. "Trash Talk," "Nothing to Lose," and the first single "Fork in the Road" show real-deal potential. Don't sleep on Detroit Rebellion in 2013 — you heard it here first.

Here's to some of our favorite singer-songwriters making the scene in 2013. Did you pick up End of the World from the revered and beloved Kris Hansen, aka VIKING JESUS? Hansen has been a staple in the Rhody music community (he got a job as the sound tech at the Living Room when he was 18, and spent the next 17 years playing in several bands and running sound for five Providence nightclubs). His current band includes former Kanerko drummer Nick Iddon. We hear Hansen bakes one helluva cookie, too (ahem). JESS POWERS ( is another vital member of the local circuit. Her highly successful Chanteuse series is a bimonthly collaboration of talented female singer-songwriters from across the region. Tickets are on sale now for the second-annual Chanteuse Mardi Gras Ball at Fête on February 9; Powers has assembled an all-star cast of musicians for a full-blown New Orleans-style bash. And don't forget the return of Heather Rose, back with her new band, HEATHER ROSE IN CLOVER, which was initially a duet with Brian Callahan; guitarist Zak Swartz is now on board and the trio will record in Boston with producer Jason Dunn during the first half of 2013.

Last week we shouted out Whore Paint, and here we salute another personal fave, the ladies of GERTRUDE ATHERTON. "A sludgier Sleater-Kinney" could be a fair assessment, but Shannon, Nicole, and Mel work in some sprightly hooks beneath that riot grrrl racket. Look up GA on Facebook, and check out a bunch of mostly unnamed (yet supremely rocking) live cuts on YouTube. Nicole Legace said the trio just finished recording their debut, five-song EP, and will play Machines With Magnets on January 25. See you there.

And that only leaves room for my beloved LOLITA BLACK ( I'm an admitted LB groupie at this point, and was instantly hooked the first time I heard "Tightrope" six years ago. The 2006 debut Into the Wasteland was a fucking beast, but LB officially kicked shit into high gear with the arrival of Scarlett Delgado a couple years back. 2012's Flesh, Blood, and Bone is a sonic terror, with guitarist Bob Otis (vocalist for the world-renowned Dropdead) drooping in chainsaw riffs while bassist Jake Blanchet and Ms. Goddess of Thunder (aka Kayleigh Melise) lock in hard, all providing a perfect backdrop for Delgado to lose her shit (like Grace Slick on bath salts). Otis checked in just prior to deadline with great news — the band will hit the studio and begin recording the Serpentine EP in early 2013. Lolita Black is the best live band out of RI right now — hands down.

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