Best of Boston

Best Band

1995 Best Band, Cutting-Edge

Cold Water Flat

Okay, so Paul Janovitz of Cold Water Flat is the brother of Buffalo Tom's Bill Janovitz. There's no sibling rivalry going on here. Buffalo Tom [...] read more»
1994 Best Band, Ska

Bim Skala Bim

Bim Skala Bim will continue to attract fans near and far with its unique blend of ska, reggae, calypso, and rock. read more»
1994 Best Band, Funk


The band counts one Berklee and five Wesleyan grads among its members, but don't be deceived by such lofty credentials—these guys are out to have [...] read more»
1993 Best Band, Names, Local

A multiple tie: Dogzilla, Beware the Haberdash, Tommy’s Darkling Thrush, Billy Caucasian & the Lack of Soul Band

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1992 Best Band, Dance-til-You-Drop

Taylor Made

A Motown band with infectious energy. Sizzling R &B brings sweet sweat to the dance floors of Boston. read more»
1992 Best Band, Local, Cutting-Edge

The Lemonheads

They can churn out music that sounds intensely tortured one minute, gently sentimental the next. Maybe it's just us, but is Evan Dando (the group's [...] read more»
1991 Best Band, World Beat, Local


This 8-to-10-member band fuses calypso, African, and funk styles to make infectious, uplifting music that explains the packed houses and dancing crowds wherever it plays. read more»
1990 Best Band, Old Favorite

Barrence Whitfield and the Savages

Their brand of gonzo R&B never wears thin. read more»
1990 Best Band, New Favorite

A tie between the Raindogs and the Heavy Metal Horns

The Dogs' improbable mixture of blues-based rock and roots won them a major-label contract last year. The Horns' big-brass treatment of World eat, jazz, and [...] read more»
1989 Best Band, Up-and-Coming


Charismatic singer Janet LaValley leads this tribe out of the valley and into the light at local clubs such as Axis, Grover's, and TT the [...] read more»