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Music

The Super Bowl of Rock? This year's winner is ...

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry perform in February 2004 prior to the start of Super Bowl XXXVIII at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry perform in February 2004 prior to the start of Super Bowl XXXVIII at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

Yes, the "big game" is Sunday. The New England Patriots will beat, er, meet, the Philadelphia Eagles in Minneapolis for the Super Bowl.

That's exciting. But what about the Super Bowl of Rock? Which city, Boston or Philadelphia, has better music?

I spent way too much time in the past week or so researching the rock bands that come from the two cities. Of course, Aerosmith, is from Boston. So, too, is Boston. Duh.

But which rockers hail from Philly? What other bands call Boston home?

The biggest rock band ever from Philadelphia? Probably Hall & Oates. Pretty weak. Is Hall & Oates even rock? It could be debated.

Beantown has the bigger names. In addition to Aerosmith and Boston, classic rockers The Cars and The J. Geils Band came from New England. So, too, did the alternative rock pioneers, Pixies. I did not know that the alt pop "band" Passion Pit got its start in the Boston area, but it did. The edge in star power certainly is with Boston.

But Philadelphia has an impressive roster of current alternative rockers. The Districts, The Menzingers, Beach Slang, Hop Along and Cymbals Eat Guitars top that list. Haven't heard of any of them? Well get yourself on Spotify and check them out!

Philly also boasts punk rock legends The Dead Milkmen as home boys. The city's grit comes through in its music.

The City of Brotherly Love also was home to two of rock and roll's original kings – Bill Haley & His Comets, and Chubby Checker. That's impressive.

Which city's music has more soul? Philadelphia had Boyz II Men, Sister Sledge and The Roots. Boston had New Kids on the Block, Bobby Brown and Marky Mark. You be the judge.

In the end, just like it will be in the Super Bowl, star power prevails. Aerosmith vs. Hall & Oates is about as lopsided as Brady vs. Foles. And just like the Patriots always seem to have that perfect role play – Danny Amendola (healthy) and Julian Edelman (injured) are the same guy, right? – Boston has The Lemonheads, who in my humble opinion are one of the most unsung but fantastic alternative rock bands ever.

Boston wins.

Oh, I have to give it a football score? Let's say Pats 28, Eagles 24.

Wait, you haven't heard of The Lemonheads, either? Want to judge for yourself which city has yielded better rock music? Well, I've made playlists for you!

75 songs from (or about – Bruce Springsteen, Elton John and Bill Conti aren't really from Philadelphia) Philly.

75 songs from (or about – "Boston" by Augustana is a tremendously beautiful song) Boston.

Playlists below if you're reading this online. If you're reading this in print, well, you and your headphones should mosey on over to saukvalley.com, click on this story and check out the playlists.

You won't find Justin Timberlake there, I promise you.

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