10 Spot: The 10 best unsigned Baltimore bands
Last week, when I asked you for nominees for Baltimore's most promising unsigned bands, I had no idea I'd get so much feedback.
We topped 400 comments -- the most a post has ever received on Midnight Sun. That's really impressive. Thanks again, everybody, for all your suggestions. I was turned onto a few solid Baltimore bands I'd never encountered before.
I put a lot of time and thought into this list. It ran in today's paper. And here is a link to a great photo gallery of all the bands on the list.
OK, so, here's my list ...
Two years ago, it would have been much easier to name the 10 best unsigned Baltimore bands.
That was before the word got out about Baltimore's boiling-over music scene. Since then, record labels like Sub Pop, Thrill Jockey and Merge have swooped in and signed several of the city's best bands. But there are still plenty groups who deserve some recognition.
Here are 10 of the most promising Baltimore bands.
1. J-Roddy Walston and the Business
Nobody rocks quite like J-Roddy. They serve up blistering, old-time rock 'n' roll, complete with big riffs and big hair.
2. Caleb Stine
Stine is a forward-looking Americana singer/songwriter with a firm handle on the past.
3. Ellen Cherry
A keen sense of melody and a soft yet striking voice make Cherry's songs standouts.
4. Fools and Horses
This guitar band delivers biting, down-the-middle rock songs with panache.
5. Among Wolves
The versatile musicians in Among Wolves can handle reverb-soaked harmonies or stripped-down alt-country with ease.
6. Victoria Vox
Vox is a hard-working ukulele troubadour with tasteful songwriting and a heartfelt voice.
7. Nelly's Echo
Simply put, Nelly's Echo knows how to work a groove.
8. Can't Hang
Every city needs a hard-partying reggae and roots rock group, and Can't Hang knows just how to throw down.
9. Dropout Year
When it comes to catchy pop punk, Dropout Year has the potential to be one of the area's next breakout bands.
10. Eureka Birds
Thoughtful instrumentation and canny lyrics make the Eureka Birds a band to watch.