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


RIBS | Last week, the Village Voice correctly named Train's "Hey, Soul Sister" the Worst Song of 2010 and pretty much declared rock music dead. It's a sentiment we can get behind, except for this noisy racket we hear coming out of Ribs, a Boston rock quartet who, despite being a bitch to Google, are catching attention with a face-forward rock onslaught that's already rendered the easy comparisons to Muse and Deftones passé. This month sees the release of Locrian Singles, a one-two punch of futuristic, star-screaming almost-metal that might enable bassist Blake Fusilier to quit his day job at Redbones (hence the band name). Last year, Ribs quietly dropped the cantankerous British Brains EP and shared the stage with Helmet, but this force is getting louder. Rock's great new hope.

NEXT SHOW • January 28 @ T.T. the Bear's Place, Cambridge

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