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


DIRTY DISHES | If 2010 was the year of the microgenre, then where were the cutesy mish-mash tags when it came to Dirty Dishes' eclectic and confidently erratic sound, which seems to defy category? Throw in a "-gaze," maybe add a "fuzz-," and tie them to any "-rock" of your fickle choosing — it's no use. The Berklee-skilled art-rock quartet (see? pointless!) began the year opening for Passion Pit at the House of Blues on the strength of a homonymous EP in late 2009. But a craft honed in the basement space of Allston's Wadzilla Mansion is ripe for national acclaim. The Jenny Tuite–voiced Dishes take on 2011 with a headlining South by Southwest gig at the Austin Museum of Art (part of a tight, 12-show SXSW roster) and an EP currently being recorded at Woolly Mammoth Sound Studio in Waltham. Don't try to label it, just enjoy the ride — even the staccato bumps.

NEXT SHOW • January 29 @ Brighton Music Hall, Allston

VIDEO: Dirty Dishes live at WMBR 88.1fm

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