Bands to Watch 2013

Alive’s signature event celebrates its tenth anniversary with five more promising musical acts

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From the January 24, 2013 edition

In January of 2003, the Alive staff threw a concert at Skully’s featuring five especially promising Columbus musical acts. The event was such a smashing success they did it again the next year, and the following year, and on and on until here we are 10 years later.

A lot has changed since then. The staff is an entirely different bunch of people. The music scene has morphed too, as beloved bands, venues, record stores and recording studios have come and gone.

But the event is still essentially the same: Five awesome performers bursting with potential on stage together at Skully’s. We couldn’t be more excited to put on a show with Cadaver Dogs, The End of The Ocean, Forest & the Evergreens, The Girls! and The Saturday Giant. Read on for an in-depth look at each band.

We have tacked on a few fun frills over the years, though. In 2010 came the addition of a closing DJ set, which George Brazil (Dirty Triff, Sweatin’, Bradtoberfest) will ably handle this year. 2013 brings video portraits from the good folks at gingerATTACK!, viewable at ColumbusAlive.com and Saturday at the show.

We don’t know if every band featured this year will go on to rule the world, but we do know they are absolutely incredible right now. Plus, as always, admission is free. So come party with us Saturday at Skully’s and celebrate not just the enduring power of Bands to Watch but the ongoing excellence of the Columbus music scene.

Bands to Watch through the years

2012

The DewDroppers

Freaky Franz

Monster Rally

Meechie Nelson

Sundown

DJ set: Bruni

2011

Alleyes Path

P. Blackk & Fabrashay A

The Town Monster

Way Yes

The Wet Darlings

DJ set: Self Help

2010

Andrew Graham and Swarming Branch

Saintseneca

Shin Tower Music

Struck By Lightning

Nick Tolford & Company

DJ set: roeVy

2009

Couch Forts

The Crimson Armada

The Main Street Gospel

This Is My Suitcase

Tin Armor

2008

Fly Union

Rosehips

Sinkane

The Slide Machine

Young Wise

2007

Brainbow

The Catalyst

Blake Miller

Outer Spacist

Paper Airplane

2006

Heavy Mole

Pretty Weapons

Psychedelic Horseshit

The Squares

Zero

2005

Envelope

Necropolis

Sweetheart

Terribly Empty Pockets

Times New Viking

2004

The Blue Revision

The Cinema Eye

Deadsea

Diet

Illogic

2003

The Means

Monster Movies

Silencio

Teeth of the Hydra

Two Cow Garage