That's it! The gauntlet is being thrown down! Well, I guess it's a hammer in this instance, but the point is that competition is fierce. The first installation in the second annual Road to Bonnaroo series is nearly upon us -- as evidenced by this concise and informative Critic's Pick -- and certain bands have already begun to stir the pot, or drum up some competish, if you will.
Ever the self-promoters, Moon Taxi have created a Facebook event page to encourage their fans to show up and vote on Feb. 22. With 202 confirmed guests (though we all know some folks get a little click-happy with attendance confirmations) and the benefit of being shoeless-jam-fan-friendly, they might just have the competitive edge. Color-coded piano-popsters Parachute Musical also have an event page (91 confirmed guests), as do proggy pop-rock troupe Born Empty (87 fans ... and they sound like Coheed and Cambria). Mona, Ponderosa, Kyle Andrews and Cream favorites The Privates are also competing. But here's where the hammer truly drops: The Non-Commissioned Officers have recorded a very special and supremely sexy promotional tune to get your ass out to the show, and it features the pitch-perfect squealing and inexplicably Barry White-esque rumblings of Eric Lehning. Listen below. And note to competing RtB bands: Send us your propaganda (cream [at] nashvillescene [dot] com). Let's make this shit a real competition!