LOLITA BLACK (lolitablack.bandcamp.com): My ongoing Lolita Black love affair is well-documented here, but I am playing no favorites and anticipate a tight race here, and I cannot wait to witness the reaction from the uninitiated in the crowd. This should be quite a hoot. LB's second full-length album, 2012's Flesh, Blood, and Bone is a metal/punk/goth-tinged rampage, with chainsaw riffs courtesy of local legend Bob Otis (of Dropdead fame) and possessed lead singer Scarlett Delgado, sounding like Grace Slick on meth. The rumbling rhythms provided by bassist Jake Blanchett and goddess-of-thunder drummer Kaleigh Melise on "Suzy" and "Fireheart" are downright vicious, while the unreleased killer cut "Serpentine" (a dancey Lolita number, dare I say?) may win the room over. By the way, I wonder how many people are reading this and thinking, "Holy fucking shit — Bob Otis is in the Rock Hunt? Fucking awesome!"



SIENNA (reverbnation.com/siennarock): Greene, RI, in the building, y'all! This band competed at the 2011 Rock Hunt (at the Spot's previous location) and started out in ominous fashion, with the guitarist almost landing a clothesline to lead singer Viana Newton as she ran onstage. They had my vote that night (but were bested Last One Out) and could play spoiler this weekend. Pick up the 2011 EP debut, Mark These Words, on iTunes; the quintet is working on an EP; and tune into WBRU to hear the new track "Reason to Stay."


THE BROTHER KITE (thebrotherkite.com): Full disclosure: The Brother Kite is arguably the most beloved band in the PVD PHX office, as we impatiently await TBK's fourth album (tentatively titled Model Rocket) set for release later this year. A guaranteed showstopper will arrive with the whirling and beautiful rush of "Get On, Me," from the 2006 excellent debut album, Waiting For the Time To Be Right. And 2010's Isolation is must-hear stuff. The quintet has racked up plenty of miles over the past 10 years, including three SXSW appearances. At first glance the betting money would ride on Patrick Boutwell and the gang dominating the Saturday showdown.

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