The year in Boston rock

By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 5, 2012



Months before they'd be recognized in our Best Music Poll (Album of the Year) and the Boston Music Awards (Best Electronic Act), synth-pop veterans Freezepop rang in 2k11 with a hair-of-the-dog New Year's Day show at Great Scott in Allston. The following night, the still-hungover world was greeted with a camera-phone pic of a slightly-awkward wedding-night snog between Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman, who legalized their marriage in a private parlour ceremony in California. But in a month where Steven Tyler debuted as an American Idol judge, Billy Ruane's ashes were rested at the Middle East Upstairs, and the Fagettes oddly became the first band to perform live at the new Brighton Music Hall (which replaced Harpers Ferry after 40 years), January belonged to MEAN CREEK. The ready-to-break indie-rock quartet released the heralded Hemophiliac EP at a sold out January 29 show at Brighton Music Hall, and established themselves as Boston's finest.

READ"Mean Creek Lead a Rocking Allston Block Party," by Michael Marotta.


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