Best of 2013 – Part 5, Bands on the Rise and Jams of the Year!

2013 has been a great year for . We have expanded our staff and coverage to bring more bands and live acts to the attention of fans and readers, and are looking forward to 2014 with great anticipation as we focus on the music coming out of all corners of New York State. Music festivals and incredible tours pepper the Upstate New York music calendar, giving broad musical choices for the 8 million New Yorkers who call Upstate their home.

Our staff writers and photographers were asked to look back at the full year of music in Upstate New York and beyond, and weigh in with their best of 2013. We looked at 10 categories – Best Upstate Show, Best Show, Best Upstate Album, Best Album, Best Upstate Festival, Best Festival, Best Upstate Venue, Best Venue, Best Band on the Rise and Jam of the Year –  and came up with the best music we have seen and heard this year. Here’s part 5 of 5, looking at the Bands on the Rise and our Jams of the Year

Best Band on the Rise

Top Picks



Eastbound Jesus


Formula 5

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Rest of the Best

Consider the Source

Conehead Buddha



The Blind Owl Band

Mister F



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MaryLeigh Roohan

Sarah Jarosz


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Tame Impala

The Acid


Bad Cello


Did we miss a band on the rise that should know about and you think is great? Sound off in the comments!

Best Jams of the Year

Phish, “Crosseyed & Painless > Harry Hood”, Holmdel, NJ, 7/10

Phish, “Tweezer”, Lake Tahoe, 7/31

The Kollectiv and The Heavy Pets, The Hollow, Albany, 4/23

Aqueous, “Shine on You Crazy Diamond”, Buffalo, 6/21

Formula 5 “Pedro”, The Big Up, Claverack, NY 8/10

Rich Robinson and Jackie Greene dueling guitars with The Black Crowes at Lockn’ Music Festival, 9/7

Disco Biscuits, “Basis for a Day”, City Bisco, Mann Music Center, Philadelphia, PA 9/27

Vampire Weekend, “Hannah Hunt”

23 ft. Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J “Mike Will Made-It”

Disco Biscuits,  “Tom Sawyer” City Bisco, Mann Music Center, Philadelphia, PA 9/28

Keller Williams and Floodwood, Putnam Den 10/10

Aqueous – “Uncle Phils Parachute”, The Dubland Underground, Rochester, 11/15

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