Class of 2012: Boston's 12 best new bands

A dozen fresh faces on Boston's music scene
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 5, 2012


If 2012 truly represents the End Times, then it's best to go out with a sonic bang. By its nature, Boston is a transient city, and the only thing that moves faster than its residents is its music scene. Last year we named 11 new acts to ring in the new year — from Young Adults to Spirit Kid to Night Fruit — and this January we've got a dozen more for 2012, a broader range of bands, duos, solo artists, and producers who reflect the eclectic nature of our region. Some have been at it a few years, others were spawned a few months ago, but all are primed to blow up in the year ahead — hopefully before the world does. Read on to find out who made our list this year.

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