Taylor Brown and Company filled in for the Butcher Boys, who were unable to make the show. Brown and his band had been the highest-ranked of the submissions that didn't make it on to the list of 25 finalists. They played last Wednesday night, and Brown's energetic frontman antics revved up the young, mostly college-age audience.
A few of the fans who'd come to support blooze rockers the Black Cadillacs disagreed--loudly, and vigorously--but in general the crowd liked Brown and Company's win. The winners edged out Kevin Hyfantis and the Bishop's Band, the Black Cadillacs, the Basement Lights, and Scott McMahan.
They'll go on to the final round in March. The next semifinal round takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 4, with Kamuy, Seeing Skies, Madre, the Enigmatic Foe, and Vinyl Thief. The winner receives a prize package including studio time at Rock Snob Recording, a CD release show at the Square Room, and a spot on next year's Sundown in the City.