's 2014 Are You Local? contest | Updated 3/6/2014

Five new Twin Cities acts will compete for a gig in Austin, Texas.

Nearly 200 newbie bands signed up for’s fifth annual Are You Local? new-band contest. The public listened and voted, and five finalists emerged. (We used to do three finalists, but it just wasn’t enough. The more the merrier!)

These five wildly different acts — soul-rockers Black Diet, darker-edged rapper Botzy, violin shredder Jillian Rae, glossy indie-poppers Step Rockets and electro-rockers Teammates — will square off in 7th Street Entry on Thursday, March 6, during the Are You Local? showcase at First Avenue. The winner will instantly join our star-studded Mainroom lineup featuring the Cloak Ox, Dave Simonett, John Mark Nelson and Gramma’s Boyfriend, and get $1,000 to join the and First Avenue showcase at Holy Mountain Austin, Texas.

Read about the groups here, then come out to cheer them on to Austin. And check out our 10 honorable mentions.’s Are You Local? showcase

Mainroom: The Cloak Ox, Dave Simonett, John Mark Nelson, Gramma’s Boyfriend (featuring Haley Bonar).

7th Street Entry: Contest finalists Black Diet, Botzy, Jillian Rae, Step Rockets, Teammates.

When: 7 p.m. Thu., March 6.

Where: First Avenue & 7th Street Entry, 701 1st Av. N., Mpls.

Tickets: $10-$12. 18 & older.


Past AYL? Winners

2010: Bight Club.

2011: The 4onthefloor.

2012: Prissy Clerks.

2013: Carroll.