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Best of 2010: Mike Caulo’s Five Boston Artists to Get Psyched On in 2011

December 17, 2010

We invited friends to submit their Best of 2010 lists, wherein the only rule was that they had to somehow pertain to local music. If you’d like to submit a list for possible publication, email us!

Mike Caulo’s Five Boston Artists to Get Psyched On In 2011

5) Hallelujah The Hills
The band clearly has fans who believe in them, as they have just raised enough money to fund the recording of their third album via Kickstarter. Hopefully some more eclectic Americana is on tap, but I’ll most likely be happy with whatever results.

Pants Yell! broke up in May, but CUFFS is the next project for Andrew Churchman, a fourpiece vs PY!’s trio. He’s kept Casey behind the kit as well, who locks into his guitar (and most impressive vocals) better than any drummer I’ve heard. Listen to demos on their Bandcamp… it’s great hearing Andrew’s songwriting with two guitars.

3) Thief Thief
The guitar/drums instrumental duo recorded last year at Machines with Magnets, the Pawtucket studio where Battles, Big Bear, and Fang Island recorded among countless others. You can get a taste on their Soundcloud page, but expect a HUGE sounding record next year and hopefully lots of shows, as they have an uncanny ability to fit like a glove on any kind of bill.

2) Pretty & Nice
These guys have been meticulously home-recording the followup to their 2008 Hardly Art release Get Young. The new material I’ve heard at their shows through the year is amazingly complex without losing its fun or ability to get me dancing.

1) Hands and Knees
Just listen to their Bandcamp page and you’ll hear Wholesome, their third full-length which comes out in January. It’s grounded but adventurous, familiar but unusual… I’m so into it. I hope the rest of town and beyond gets in on the action, because it’s way too fun to not share with everyone. See you at Great Scott on 1/27 for their LP release with Doomstar! and Fedavees.

Mike Caulo runs Sippy Cup Everything, where he helps artists around new releases or tours, and organizes shows every now and then. Say hello to him at or the next show.

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