JETTY (jettyjams.com): Oh Jesus and Mary and Joseph — Jetty has pulled a vicious slot here in a wildly diverse lineup. Let’s hope the baby-faced quintet can capture the soulful funk found on “Saturdaze” and “Go Getta Groove” in the live setting. This is a left-field entry by Rock Hunt standards, and Jetty needs to get the judges and crowd fired up on the Fatt Squirrel dance floor in order to advance. Godspeed, Jetty!
Smith & Weeden [Photo by Brian Lima]
SMITH & WEEDEN (smithandweeden.bandcamp.com): This Providence-based foursome combines finely crafted elements of ’70s rock, outlaw country, and backporch blues. “Drinking Through Some Issues” and “Playin’ a Part” should win over fans (if you dig acclaimed locals like the Silks and the Mighty Good Boys, look up Smith & Weeden). The band recently hit their Kickstarter goal to fund a full-length debut and cut the forthcoming record at the Columbus Theatre with the Low Anthem’s Ben Knox Miller and Jeff Prystowsky.
THE CAN’T NOTS (thecantnots.com): And here comes Pawtucket’s finest — the Can’t Nots. I was thoroughly impressed with the 2011 debut EP Applesauce, with lead singer Naomi Wilkinson channeling Karen O on “The Gray” and “Go.” Naomi’s brother/TCN drummer Gary Wilkinson is a beast behind the kit across the new EP Radio Pudding, locking in with bassist Darren Frigon while guitarist Bobby Brierly spikes up “Picking a Fight” and “The Middle,” which should get the room jumping in a hurry. It’s pretty much a coin flip here, but I’d lay my money down on the Can’t Nots.
The Can't Nots [Photo by Aaron Lee]