UPDATE: Today is the last day of voting! Give our local boys some love before midnight!
The editors at Rolling Stone
picked 16 bands to compete in a contest for Best Unsigned Artist. The prize includes one of the biggest honors any musician can garner: the chance to grace the cover of Rolling Stone.
Our own Fullerton-based five-piece The Steelwells
have that chance. RS
will eliminate the bands through rounds,
so you must check back to see if they've advanced by March 16. By the way, RS
: Learn to spell "Fullerton" (see after jump).
The lucky eight bands that are chosen to advance will go into a studio with a major producer, and then another voting process will narrow the bands down to four. After that, the remaining will showcase their talent in front of RS editors and music executives, who will decide the finalists.
The last two bands will battle it out for the award, the cover and an appearance at the Bonnaroo Music Festival on June 9. Not only will the winner be the first unsigned band to ever be on the cover, but they also get a recording contract with Atlantic Records. Pretty cool.
Here's how it works:
In this contest, artists will advance as follows:
Round 1: 8 of 16 artists will advance from Round 1 to Round 2
4 artists will be chosen by the public based upon the quality and quantity of public ratings
4 artists will be chosen by Rolling Stone editors in consultation with selected music-industry professionals
Round 2: 4 of 8 artists will advance from Round 2 to Round 3 based solely on the quality and quantity of public ratings
Round 3: 2 of 4 artists will advance from Round 3 to Round 4 based solely on the quality and quantity of public ratings
Round 4: 1 winner will be selected based upon public voting
You can vote for the Steelwells here.
And you can watch the announcement on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
below. Good luck, guys!