The year in Boston rock

By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 5, 2012



After three decades known as a glorified "battle of the bands," this year's Rock 'n' Roll Rumble was regarded as more a celebration of Boston music than an actual competition. But in the end, it was the bluesy veteran rock of JOHN POWHIDA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT that left T.T. the Bear's with the 2011 crown, besting 15 other contenders. The Rumble was not without some controversy (soul act Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents bailed on the semis to honor a conflicting gig in Gloucester) and featured some old fashioned kick-ass performances (notably Mellow Bravo, Spirit Kid, and OldJack). "Fests" were the order of April, as 28 Degrees Taurus's Jinsen Liu's Deep Heaven Now psyched out Union Square in Somerville (MMOSS and Ghost Box Orchestra stood out), and Together brought the burgeoning Boston beat alive on a citywide scale from April 18 to 24. Splitting time between here and New York, Hooray for Earth got national attention for their spellbinding "True Loves" video.

READ: "John Powhida International Airport wins the 2011 Rock And Roll Rumble," by Barry Thompson.

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