The year in Boston rock

By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 5, 2012



A new addition to the live music scene made Union Square one rocking part of Somerville: on October 7, Radio (booked by Ashley Willard of Boston Band Crush) replaced Club Choices on Somerville Avenue, joining Precinct, P.A.'s Lounge, and Sally O'Brien's as havens for original live music. TOWNSHIP kept the flame for good ol' rock and roll burning with new record One More Summer, released on October 1 during a wild night at Brighton Music Hall. Dan Shea's Homegrown III brought a few dozen bands near and far to two venues across town, linking Villa Victoria in the South End and the Crane Room at Tufts University with unifying DIY appeal. Central Square's Enormous Room closed after nine years, eventually to re-launch as Brick & Mortar cocktail bar, radio-ready electro-pop duo Young London disrupted Boston's jaded rock bubble with banger dance track "Let Me Go," even securing a deal to have the video played in malls across America during the holiday shopping season. Amanda Palmer joined the sound of Occupy and became an aural leader, performing in Dewey Square and in protests as far flung as Vancouver. Vermont artist Mikey Welsh, who played bass in Weezer as well as Boston acts such as Heretix, Left Nut, and Jocobono, passed away at age 40 on October 8 in a Chicago hotel room.

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