Brothers Lounge battle update

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Brothers Lounge’s Battle of the Unsigned Bands has been going strong for the past six weeks. Every Thursday, three bands compete in front of a panel of three judges; one band wins and advances to the semi-finals. Last night, the first of two semi-finals took place. The three bands competing came from all over the state and included Columbus’ Josh Krajick Band, Cleveland’s Rob Dusky and the Rounders and Alliance’s Townhouse Suite.

8f10/1242413298-joshkrajick.jpgJosh Krajick (pictured) kicked things off with a stellar set. The unkempt Krajick looks like he could use a shave and a shower, but he’s got a great, soulful voice and can play the heck out of a guitar. Clearly influenced by classic rock, he plays with enough passion to overcome the traditional nature of his blues-based material.

Next up, Rob Dusky and his band delivered a solid set that got better the longer the band played. Clearly the audience favorite of the night, Dusky and his Rounders came off as a good jam band, capable of delivering harmony vocals and jingle-jangle melodies that have rightfully drawn comparisons to Rusted Root.

Townhouse Suite played last and cleared the room with a loud, aggressive set. At their best, the guys recalled the refined metal of a band like System of a Down. They occasionally settled for a rote nu-metal sound, but their musicianship was distinguished enough to make them worthy competition for Krajick and Dusky.

Though it was a close call, Krajick ended up winning and will return to play the club on May 28 against next week’s winner. — Jeff Niesel

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