The year in Boston rock

By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 5, 2012



The Boston Music Awards were a glitzy affair at the Liberty Hotel, with VIVA VIVA thrilling a raucous crowd in the hotel's ballroom and nabbing Best Rock Act. Other big winners included Dropkick Murphys (Artist and Live Artist of the Year), David Wax Museum (Song of the Year for "Born With a Broken Heart"), and Mean Creek (Album of the Year). Veteran co-ed rock duo Aloud settled into a month-long residency at O'Brien's Pub, Great Scott booking collective CQ Presents took over those duties at T.T.'s, and we got our first taste of power-pop trio Parasol, which released phenomenal debut EP Crush Season November 15 at Starlab in Somerville. Movers and Shakers dropped one of the year's finest records (National Harvester) at the Middle East, You Can BE A Wesley launched their Nightosphere toward UK buzz, and Earthquake Party continued the cassette's comeback by dropping their new EP in that format only (well, okay, in addition to MP3s).

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