The year in Boston rock

By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 5, 2012



A Texas festival may have dominated the month, but in Boston it was defined by a 25-year veteran. BUFFALO TOM released their eighth album, Skins, kickstarting a busy year for Bill Janovitz and crew that culminated in a three-night career-reflective stand in November. SXSW was spring break for Boston's indie crowd, and the Phoenix's own First Contact party on March 16 got the week in Austin started with performances by Girlfriends, Young Adults, Hooray For Earth, and Worcester's masters of 2010, Dom. Also in Austin, Kingsley Flood and Viva Viva got hooked up with Converse, scoring recording time at the brand's Rubber Tracks studio, and back home, Bodega Girls dropped the Et Tu, Bootay? EP on the Ides of March, while indie-pop quartet the Sterns jumped back into the mix after a four-year hiatus.

READ"Buffalo Tom Celebrate 25 Years of Rock," by Michael Marotta.

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