The Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble has been rattling the rafters of some of this town’s most venerable clubs for 34 years, longer than a lot of the people who’ll be packing into T.T. the Bear’s Friday night have been alive. After six grueling (raging) nights of competition, the Rumble judges have narrowed the competition down from 24 bands to the three that remain (plus, the Dogmatics are headlining as special guests — those dudes were Rumble competitors way back in ’85). Rather than even attempt to crystal ball the winner, we thought it might instead be fun to up the competition by making them all talk about each other.
This weekend – hell, this entire last week – might well be one of the most overwhelming, surreal, stressful, harrowing, [insert adjective to describe any one of the hundreds of emotions experienced while following the manhunt in Watertown on Friday in real time] roller coaster rides that the people of Boston have experienced in a very long time. Maybe ever. Now, it’s time for the the city to rebuild, recoup, and figure out how to process all those aforesaid emotions. Getting our collective groove back with of one of this town’s long-running music institutions seems as a good a place as any to start.