The year in Boston rock

By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 5, 2012


David Wax Museum used a fevered main-stage performance at Newport Folk to gain national buzz, but it was BAD RABBITS' string of Warped Tour dates (June 24 to August 14) that took the ready-to-roll hybrid rock/soul/R&B act to sweaty parking lots and open fields across the country. Their July 13 gig at the Comcast Center in Mansfield acted as a homecoming, and the Rabbits' 2012 debut, Teddy Riley-produced disc is destined to send them global. Around town, psych veteran Bobb Trimble released a long-lost record from 1984, hundreds gathered for Allston's DIY Fest, and Fourth Wall gallery in the Fens hosted a month-long residency of artists, DJs, and bands. In our annual 50 Bands 50 States feature, Allston punk trio Earthquake Party were named best new act in Massachusetts.

READ"Rediscovering Bobb Trimble's Long Lost Legacy," by Liz Pelly.

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