Best Music Poll 2012 :: BOSTON

That jaded old rock and roll town called Boston finally went pop. While Berklee-bred spitfire duo Karmin is out in Hollywood living the dream and electro-pop party-starters Young London prepare to spend the summer with the Warped Tour, here in Boston, Gentlemen Hall are taking over the scene. The radio-ready sextet took home top honors in our 24th annual Best Music Poll when voters named them Boston’s best Act, and for that, we raised a glass to their shimmering brand of electronic pop and slapped them on the cover of the Phoenix.

The rest of the results of this year’s BMP – announced June 13 at our shitshow party at the Fourth Wall Project in the Fens -- were spread out across the board, with only one band, Bad Rabbits, taking more than one Golden Record award (Best Live Act and Best Male Vocalist, Dua Boakye). On the national front, explosive rock and roll duo the Black Keys were the lone band to snag victory in two categories (Best National Act, Best Album/EP) and other winners ran the gamut from Kimbra, who gained fame as the female voice in Gotye’s mega-hit “Somebody That I Used To Know” but has a solo career with paying attention to, to angsty piano-pounding former Boston resident Stephie Coplan & the Pedestrians.

To cover all of our bases here at home, we also went to a few of our favorite Boston music blogs to see what new bands they’ve been feeling lately, and we reached out to pRIMORDIAL sOUNDS to give us the scoop on underground sensation Fat History Month, who crashed our Best Album/EP ballot with a spirited write-in campaign for their latest record, Fucking Despair.

It’s the Best Music Poll 2012, and you’ve had your say. Now dig in to the results.

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