The year in Boston rock

By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 5, 2012



MAY

Aspirations set beyond Boston's borders were on the minds of electro princess CASEY DESMOND and exploding pop act GENTLEMEN HALL. Desmond was a fixture throughout the month on NBC's The Voice (debuting May 3 and being eliminated exactly four weeks later; her "Talking to God" video would eventually zoom past 35,000 views on YouTube) and G-Hall won Billboard's Battle of the Bands and performed on the nationally televised Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. New-wave legends the Cars returned with Move Like This and a House of Blues homecoming May 26, while '90s indie-popsters Papas Fritas reunited for a string of local show and European festival gigs, and ska-punk band Have Nots got Proud, which included an anthemic song about dealing with domestic violence, "Louisville Slugger." Meanwhile, fresh transplant Michelle DeRosa of Straylight Run called Boston home by releasing Waiting on an Island at Great Scott with her new alt-country act, Destry, and Kingsley Flood get a well-deserved tug-job from NPR.

READ"Casey Desmond to appear on 'The Voice' tonight," by Michael Marotta.

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