VulGarrity triumph at the 'BRU Rock Hunt

There was a packed house and another well-executed romp last Friday at the Met, the site of the 2011 WBRU Rock Hunt Finals. Friends and fans quickly filled the room (a well-spent $5 to say the least) by the 8 pm start; four hours later, the eight judges' votes (including one from 2010 victors the Wandas) were tallied and VulGarrity, the acclaimed sibling duo of Shawn and Tracy Garrity, were declared champs. Neither 'BRU program director nor I could recall the first band performing ever coming out on top, but VulGarrity's 35-minute set slayed from start to finish, with all of their signature moves in effect — switching up instruments (even twice during one song), tossing in a dance floor heater of a cover (bands were allowed a one non-original per set), and Shawn's uncanny ability to nimbly nail riffs and work it all through loop pedals. And for the first time in three years as a Rock Hunt judge, the band I voted for (in six categories ranging from Songwriting to Radio-Readiness on a 1-10 scale) actually won.

CHRIS CONTI