Eleven Local Artists to Watch in 2011

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2010 was an awesome year for the music scene in Boston and throughout New England. Diversity ruled with a wide range of acts impressing audiences at local clubs and several earning national buzz. With the local music scene under a bigger spotlight, 2011 has potential to be even more special. With that in mind, we’ve selected eleven artists that we’ll be watching over the next year – some to see how they continue to build their name on home turf and others to see how they breakthrough and gain the national acclaim that is so well deserved. Here they are, in no particular order:

Kingston 530: Winners of the 2010 BMS Battle of the Bands, as well as the 2010 Hard Rock Cafe’s Ambassador of Rock Battle of the Bands, the band certainly delivered some impressive live sets in 2011. With plans to release their debut album in late spring/early summer, we expect even greater things in 2011.
Next Local Gig: None Scheduled

Mello Bravo: Arguably the best rock band in Boston, Mello Bravo released their debut album Strut in September. As great as the album is, the band raises it another level with a thrilling live set. They say they aimed to “harness the sound and power of ’70’s arena rock and blend it with the energy and soulfulness of Motown”. Mission accomplished. We expect even greater things in 2011 as more people get turned out to Strut.
Next Local Gig: The Middle East Upstairs on Saturday, January 15

Dom: Blogs and critics across the country gushed with delight over their hit single “Living In America”. Astralwerks were quick to sign up the Worcester-based band, who had only formed a few months earlier, and plan to re-release their EP Sun Bronzed Greek Gods in February. With the major label support, look for Dom to follow the path that Passion Pit paved in 2009.
Next Local Gig: None Scheduled

Kingsley Flood: Deservedly won “New Artist of the Year” at the BMA’s after the release of their stellar debut album, Dust Windows. In August, the band was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition, which then propelled the album to hit #1 on Amazon’s Movers & Shakers (biggest gainers), Folk Rock, and Roots Rock categories, as well as #48 on iTunes. With more touring planned for 2011, Kingsley Flood is primed for even greater things.
Next Local Gig: Brighton Music Hall on Saturday, February 26

Lady Lamb The Beekeeper: Aly Spaltro, better known as Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, is a 21-year old singer-songwriter from Portland, Maine. Since being named the “Folk Artist of the Year” at this year’s Boston Music Awards, she recently made the move to the Hub and has been wowing crowds with her live set (Amanda Palmer tweeted, “chick blew me away live” after her set at the BMAs). With a will plans to the studio to work on her next full-length album and dates opening for Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield on their nationwide tour, 2011 looks to bring even greater things for Lady Lamb.
Next Local Gig: Cafe 939 on Thursday, January 27

Mystery Roar: These electro-pop favorites have been whipping up great dance parties across the city. Having only been together a few months, the band quickly released their self-titled EP release to wide acclaim. The six-piece band masterfully delivers multiple layers of intricate sound that come together perfectly for a sound of their own. After sharing the stage with national acts like Neon Indian and Delorean, we’re looking for a national breakout in 2011 with its forthcoming full-length release.
Next Local Gig: None Scheduled

The Death of Paris: Nathan Harrop and the former members of Say When have teamed up to form The Death of Paris. The band’s songs are based on Harrop’s life story, including  his sister’s death, his mother’s drug addiction, his father’s alcoholism, abuse and prison time. The Death Of Paris with currently working with a pair of stellar producers in Scott Reibling (Fall Out Boy) and Kato Khandwala (Paramore). Add to that a great live show and its no wonder the band is already hearing from few labels.
Next Local Gig: Club Hell (Providence, RI) on Saturday, February 5

Gentlemen Hall: These rockers have built up a strong following with a stellar live set that gets their crowd moving and shaking to dance beats, catchy hooks and fun choruses. We expect that following to grow substantially in 2011 with the release of their debut full-length album, which is being produced by Michael Seiffert (Regina Spektor, Bone Thugs ‘n’ Harmony).
Next Local Gig: None Scheduled

Twin Berlin: A 4-song self-produced EP released last January proved this young band has plenty of raw talent that begs comparisons to The Strokes and The Libertines. We’ve enjoyed their live set as well and are hoping for bigger things in 2011.
Next Local Gig: TT the Bear’s Place on Thursday, February 17

Endless Wave: Over the course of 2010, this 3-piece indie rock band recorded a pair EPs with Paul Q. Kolderie, Adam Taylor and Alex Hartman at Camp Street Studios in Cambridge. The first, The City Walls, was released over the summer and quickly impressed. The second, which was also the last record ever produced at Camp Street Studios and thus is nostalgically titled Notes from the Compound, will be released this spring. Keep an eye out for Endless Wave and their blend of shoegaze and psychedelic rock.
Next Local Gig: The Rosebud on Friday, February 4

Ashley Gearing: Probably not as well known around these parts as we expect she will be here – and everywhere else – by the end of the year. The Springfield native is a sophomore at Belmont University in Nashville and is gearing up for the release of her Curb Records debut album due later this year. If “What You Think About Is” and “Sugar” are any indication, Gearing has all the makings to be one of country’s next big stars.
Next Local Gig: None Scheduled

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