Class of 2012: Boston's 12 best new bands

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




We became privy to the folk smarts of Caleb Groh back in autumn, when the Phoenix took him to Allston's Ringer Park to perform acoustic for our pop-up show series. The common response to the footage? Allston never looked so mystical. Part of that had to do with the sensitive-but-affirming touch of Groh, the former Happiest Lion who served up emotionally raw new record Bottomless Coffee in November. Born in Connecticut the son of a military man, he came of age and found his voice in Florida — he has a story-telling authenticity and sound that can both engage in a coffee shop and fill an open-air field. In soulful touch with his acoustic guitar and banjo, the rising GHouse singer/songwriter already has two albums' worth of material ready for release, and plans to spend the year touring near and far.


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