Band Search Lands In Chicago

You’ve seen the ads on TV for, which feature bands crafting those tunes about not being able to get a loan or working a terrible job because of bad credit. What’s the one thing they have in common? They’re all incredibly catchy and dig deep into your gray matter. But with the launch of, they need a whole new batch of bands to get their message (and their five newly-crafted songs) out there, and they’ve asked MTV to help.

Over the course of the summer, MTV will be conducting a talent search in a number of different major cities to find some great bands operating in any genre (from country to indie to metal to funk), and bands not in those cities can submit their entries online. The four finalists will get introduced during the Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 13. From there, America will vote for the band they think is best, and said group will receive a killer prize package, including $10,000, a set of instruments from Gibson, free studio time, a spot on the MTV VMA Tour, an opportunity to walk the red carpet at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles and the honor of having their first music video premiere during said broadcast.

The search made its way to the House of Blues in Chicago last week, and MTV News’ Sway was their to observe the performances, get some insight from the judges and catch up with the hopefuls. Check out the full report below and stay tuned to for more online entries in the band search!


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