Battle on 3rd is open to bands in a wide variety of genres including pop, rock, alternative, americana, and country. We are not accepting Heavy Metal/Harcore or Hip-Hop submissions.
My first thought: Why exclude metal and hip-hop? Everyone knows the expression is actually "everything but country and hip-hop." Second thought: "Harcore?" I assumed it was a typo, but then I remembered my Journalism 101 class that all music critics have to take, so I surfed on the Internet to TheGoogle.com and discovered that the term "harcore" is actually on Urban Dictionary. Not that the definition "one half-laugh in the center" makes any sense. Anyway, I'm pretty sure they mean "hardcore," and the Scene is a sponsor, so I'm not just typo-snarking here, but I still don't know why they have to discriminate against metal on the one hand and hip-hop on the other. (In the contest logo, someone in the crowd is throwin' up the horns, which is, y'know, kind of metal.) Aren't there enough filters — judges, voters, etc. — that you don't need to tell bands to not even bother trying to enter the contest? It's like when the oldies stations started bragging about how they don't play doo-wop anymore. Or something like that.