First Avenue's Best New Bands of 2011 announced

With all of the holiday hubbub this week, this one almost got lost in the shuffle: the lineup for First Avenue's annual Best New Bands showcase was announced last Friday afternoon on Radio K's Off the Record, and now those of us who missed the live reveal can check out the seven chosen bands thanks to an announcement on the venue's site.

This year's Best New Bands show will take place on Wednesday, January 25, in the Mainroom, and as in past years several of the acts will look familiar to City Pages readers who picked up this year's Picked to Click issue.

Five of the seven showcasing bands -- blood&stuff, Dream Crusher, Gramma's Boyfriend, MaLLy, and Night Moves -- placed in this year's Picked to Click poll, and they will perform alongside fellow newcomers Fire in the Northern Firs and Sexcat.

For those looking to check out some new talent, here is a sampling of audio and video from this year's chosen acts:


Dream Crusher

Fire In The Northern Firs

Gramma's Boyfriend


Night Moves


Thunderbaked (DEMO) by SEXCATband

Tickets are $7 and available online here

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