July 7th, 2008

50 Bands, 50 States

Last week the Boston Phoenix posted a feature called 50 Bands, 50 States, listing the all-time best band, all-time best solo artist, and best upcoming band or artist from each state (with Washington DC included too "as a bonus", so really "153 bands and artists, 50 states and a federal district", which isn't nearly as catchy). I figured I should post about it here at least for parkbenchzine's benefit, to see what he has to say.

Note that there are three positions in contention, one of them being Jon Spencer versus Ronnie James Dio for best solo artist from New Hampshire, and there are polls to let the readers decide. (The other two are Prince versus Bob Dylan for best solo artist from Minnesota, and the Four Seasons or the Misfits for best band from New Jersey.)

It's worth noting that the all-time best band category is based on where the band was formed, with some leeway if the band members met in one state but actually started performing elsewhere, while the best solo artist is based on where they were born, not where they started performing. So New Hampshire gets credit for Okkervil River as best new band because the members met there in high school, even though the band itself really isn't from NH.

I was happy to see Annuals named as best new band from North Carolina, and touched to see The Dambuilders make the list as all-time best band from Hawaii - I still miss them, and I only ever got to see them once in concert.
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