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The year in Boston rock

A scene comes together in 2011
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 5, 2012

RAUCOUS Viva Viva rocked the Boston Music Awards festivities at the Liberty Hotel and nabbed Best Rock Act.

The Boston rock scene is an interesting beast. Ambitious, cohesive, and frustratingly indefinable, it's a community that might not make much sense to outsiders. The so-called "biggest" bands in Boston are the ones still playing the clubs, still banging away at day jobs, still hanging out at the Middle East, Great Scott, T.T. the Bear's, and other venues that combine a stage and a scene. In a time where the notion of "making it" changes daily, Boston's rock scene in 2011 eased into a confident period of not giving a fuck what anyone else thinks, and continued its tradition of making great music. All that's left is for the rest of the country to take notice in 2012. Here's a month-by-month breakdown of the year in Boston rock.

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