SATELLITES FALL ( This Coventry-based band fills the role of alt-pop panty-peelers this year (a nod to Cumberland's Fairhaven). The band formed in 2002, reformed in 2008, and finally released their debut EP Lines On the Road on Valentine's Day (available as a free download). I can't argue with their self-proclaimed description as a "creative blend of beautiful melody, thoughtful lyrics, and harmonious song structure" when hearing their current single "Servitude." Regardless of the outcome, this one should stick in the rotation at 'BRU.


KINGSTON 530 ( One of the more familiar names participating in this year's Rock Hunt, Kingston 530 have been on the local club circuit steadily since expanding from a two-piece acoustic duo to a full quintet back in 2009. Think Dave Matthews Band, O.A.R., and the softer side of Incubus, with lead singer Chris Ferrara flexing his chops on the midtempo tracks "Save You," "Window," and the single "95." They were named "one of the hottest bands in Boston" by the Boston Globe in 2011.


LOOK NORTH ( Wakefield young bucks Look North will be looking for some hometown love when they take the Ocean Mist stage this weekend. "Grey Cardigan" is in rotation at WBRU, and the soaring pop-rock melodies on "Chances" and "Wasted Youth" may pique attention from the judge's table. Look North could be the sleeper pic of the weekend.

Check back here next week for a preview of the other six semifinalists, who will complete at Newport Grand and the Ruins at the Colosseum on March 9 and 10.

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