The latest Rolling Stone features a list of their seven best new bands of 2010. It may be hard to accuse Rolling Stone of having their finger on the pulse of what's happening in music right now, but they have to be able to get seven bands right, right?
The first band to come to town will be Titus Andronicus, a five-piece punk outfit from New Jersey that just released The Monitor, a concept album built around the Civil War. They'll be at Bottom Lounge on Wednesday, April 7th. Tickets can be bought here for $10. The Saps and Bully in the Hallway play in support.
Next is the singing, guitar-strumming, blunt-toking emcee B.o.B. plays the Peoria Civic Center on Tuesday, April 20th. Depending on your radio-listening habits, you may have heard his hit single "Nothing On You". Bring your best buds. Get tickets here.
Finally, raucous U.K. folk act Mumford & Sons come to Lincoln Hall on Monday, May 24. Get your tickets now (or later, whichever) for $15 a pop, plus charges for it being so convenient. The Middle East will be there in support.
As for the other bands, Neon Indian was just in town selling out Lincoln Hall, if my memory serves me right. So, while they probably won't be back too soon, keep your eyes peeled for Philly rockers Free Energy, the sublime The Dirty Heads, and the hard-touring Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.