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


NIGHT FRUIT | One of the drawbacks in our current culture of immediacy is that bands get thrust into the spotlight before they have a chance to flesh out their sound. If artist development is truly a thing of the past for major labels, perhaps the same can be said for the underground in a landscape of flipcams, twitpics, and party photos. In July, when Cambridge trio Night Fruit released online a demo for their Triangles EP, we posted the entire thing to our "On the Download" blog. A few weeks later, they got the "Cellars by Starlight" treatment. Maybe that demo wasn't supposed to stick the way it did, but with its root gripped by notable "S"-ness (Swirlies, Slowdive, Swervedriver), the ambient, groggy, almost shoegazing dream-pop whirl of Night Fruit's guitar-buzzed sound became one of the freshest in the city. Forget about hanging a hat on new material. It'll be interesting to watch this infant band grow and develop their sound in 2011 — the results should be a hazy shade of spectacular.

NEXT SHOW • January 14 @ Wadzilla Mansion, Allston

VIDEO: Night Fruit @ PAs Lounge

VIDEO: Live: A visit with Night Fruit

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