Beverly-based post-rock band CASPIAN had a pretty stellar 2012, hitting the long-winding road several times in several time-zones over several continents and finding September's brilliantly-crafted Waking Season (Triple Crowd Records) on several Year-End lists (including ours). Today the experimental/instrumental quartet announced a coast-to-coast headlining tour, and it's a motherfucker: 30 dates crossing the country and back, launching February 16 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and wrapping up March 24 in Burlington, Vermont.
It was a pretty great year of Boston music in 2012. Several bands broke out of the imaginary confines of our city and brought our sound to global audiences, from Amanda Palmer to Converge to Passion Pit to the Dropkicks. But the real sounds of Boston were cultivated around Allston and Somerville, in Cambridge and Brookline, as well as all the surrounding cities and towns, all helping to craft a soundtrack of Boston that felt unparalleled compared to recent years.