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Class of 2011: Eleven Boston bands to ring in the New Year

The bands you should be listening to this year
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 6, 2011

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BANDITAS | Although a great deal was made of the late Billy Ruane's affinity for Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, the Boston scenester was perhaps equally smitten with the Cambridge trio Banditas. The 7 am alt-twang of Hayley Thompson-King, Molly Maltezos, and Viva Viva's Dave Cave moves like a séance, as heartbroken Shangri-Las harmonies float like smoke over a crackling campfire. Last year's Get Behind Us EP put Banditas on the local circuit, but a February seven-inch and a debut full-length over the summer, both off local imprint Motorcycle Face Records (Ho-Ag, Needy Visions), will no doubt further our city's growing rep as a town that doesn't need the country to get country, even if our lonely, big-sky moons are only Central Square lampposts.

NEXT SHOW • January 30 @ Great Scott, Allston

VIDEO: Banditas - Oh Virginia and I'll be your mirror

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