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Hard Rock Rising

WHAT: Bands from around the world have spent weeks competing on a local level for the chance to play the gig of a lifetime: a spot on the bill at the 2012 "Hard Rock Calling" festival in London's Hyde Park with such legendary artists as Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon. True it's a longshot, but don't forget -- Buffalo's More Than Me won the contest in 2010.

WHO: Area rockers Whiskey Reverb took the honors at the local contest in the Niagara Falls Hard Rock; now the band is an online competition with 85 other groups that continues through Tuesday.

TO VOTE: Go to or for more details, to download free tracks and vote.

-- Toni Ruberto