Not far behind was DAVID WAX MUSEUM, the Mexi-Americana duo of Wax and Suz Slezak, whose Everything Is Saved launched at Oberon in grand interactive fashion (setting them on a course to play the main stage at July's Newport Folk Fest and win Song of the Year at the BMAs). Damon & Naomi set the tone for a comeback year of '90s-Boston indie rock (Buffalo Tom, Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr.) with their first new material in four years, the humming single "Walking Backwards" (off May's False Beats and True Hearts). Touring further than perhaps any other Boston band, Three Day Threshold took their rowdy bluegrass to US troops stationed in Djibouti, Qatar, Kuwait, and other base locations within the Air Force Central Command Area of Responsibility. TheNoise magazine turned 30, Yes.Oui.Si art gallery opened not far from the basements of Jamaica Plain, and on February 16 the cherished Wadzilla Mansion basement space in Allston was shut down by the Boston Police Department for lacking proper permits.
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