SPEEDY ORTIZ ::SPORTS [Exploding In Sound] :: In 2013, Western Mass could be the new Brooklyn, and leading bands like Psychic Blood, California X, and Bunny's a Swine is Northampton's Speedy Ortiz, a sludgy, noisy post-grunge guitar-rock outfit led by the brash lyricism of Sadie Dupuis. Top track: "Silver Spring."

RIBS ::RUSSIAN BLOOD [self-released] :: Rock Act of the Year in the 2012 Boston Music Awards, RIBS are as experimental as they are explosive, developing a meticulous sound of arena-charged power-rock that combines sonic theatrics, industrial precision, and sky-high riffage in one post-apocalyptic rock-and-roll time bomb. Top track: "Alarms."


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