For those who didn’t turn out for the action, Thursday’s Indy/New Noise-sponsored Downtown Sound finals brought with it some serious tunes — and some amazing performances — from four of the area’s rising musical stars. (It also brought an overflowing dance floor of fans, friends, and family the likes of which we’ve never seen before at SOhO.)

Goleta’s the Goodland proved to be an exceptional start to the night, and S.B.-ers Dante Elephante and Lonesome Dub made a strong argument for the future of the scene. Necessary kudos and back-pats aside, though, it was Snakefist who ultimately took home the night’s grand prize with a walloping 213 votes. (Well over 500 were cast throughout the night.) In addition to bragging rights, the S.B.-based hard rockers scored an Ernie Ball guitar, bass, and strings worth $6,500, professional recording time at Playback Studios, and a slot on this year’s New Noise lineup, which hits town Thursday, November 4 through Saturday, November 6. Thursday’s all-ages, donation-based battle also doubled as a fundraiser for Notes for Notes, and earned the nonprof more than $800.

Since its inception in 2007, The Indy’s annual Santa Barbara Band Guide has brought with it a battle of the bands-style faceoff. And this year the competition was bigger, better, and more rockin’ than ever. Thanks to all who participated, voted, or simply showed up to see it go down. ‘Til next year, music makers!


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