While the Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble lineup at T.T. the Bear’s was carrying out its weeks-long pursuit of crowning this year’s best local band, at the sold-out Middle East Upstairs, two young bands were making a convincing grab for the unofficial title. Worcester’s The Hotelier, whose “Home, Like Noplace Is There” has garnered raves from around the country (including recently in this space), were the big draw, with the crowd singing along to every word of their raw, tuneful punk. But headliners (and Tiny Engines labelmates) Somos, who were celebrating the release of their “Temple of Plenty,” were making a convincing case for themselves as this year’s most likely to succeed.
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