WFNX and Dunkin Donuts have teamed up to celebrate the local talent of Boston's incredible music scene by developing Local Exposure, a unique music program that embraces Boston musicians and gives artists their first major market radio exposure. WFNX and Dunkin’ Donuts are highlighting one local band each month by introducing them to the WFNX playlist, also launching a new monthly showcase featuring these artists at a Boston-area music venue, so make sure to tune in, and reserve you spot on the guest list at the bottom of this page to see music history in the making.
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RIBS is what happens when four people try to make a bedroom sound like a stadium. The Boston band, dubbed "Rock's great new hope" by the Boston Phoenix and compared to Muse, the Deftones, and Queens of the Stone Age, released their second EP, Russian Blood, on May 29th. Self-managed, self-booked, self-produced, and self-released, the band has nonetheless managed to ignite the kind of local momentum usually bestowed upon more veteran acts: WFNX 101.7 - the first station to have played Nirvana, The Killers, Foster the People, and Franz Ferdinand - added the Russian Blood track "Alarms" to regular rotation after declaring "'Alarms' may be the best song to come out of Boston in 2012." The Boston Globe, previewing the EP in a two-page spread feature, observed "There are cement-grinding atmospherics out of Trent Reznor's playbook and canyon banshee wails echoed from long-lost U2 anthems. 'Russian Blood' is thoroughly DIY ... but it carries itself like a really big deal." The EP, recorded in the band's Boston practice space and mixed in singer Keith Freund's bedroom, doesn't shy away from its origins - listen closely to the final track "Destructo" and you can hear car horns and sirens from fire trucks passing by Freund's second-floor apartment windows where the vocals were recorded. After a posting of RIBS' first release, 2010's British Brains, received seven-hundred comments in two days on Reddit.com, the EP became the top-selling release of the week on Bandcamp. "Queen of Hearts," the closing track on British Brains, will be heard in the upcoming Brittany Murphy Film Something Wicked.
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Past Month's Local Exposure Bands
May 2012 - The Daily PravdaApril 2012 - Gentlemen HallMarch 2012 - The New Highway Hymnal