Best of Boston

Best Music Group

1996 Best Music Group, Cutting-Edge Band

Come

After losing half the band last year, longtime critical darling Come is down to two members—Thalia Zedek and Chris Brokaw. But Come will live on—after [...] read more»
1996 Best Music Group, Rock 'n' Roll Savior

Governor William Floyd (as in Pink) Weld

If it were up to the city's 15- and 16-year-olds, Bill Weld would be a shoo-in for senator based on his move to restore Esplanade [...] read more»
1996 Best Music Group, Neo-Folk

The Nields

The Nields were once an acoustic trio—two Nield sisters, Nerissa and Katryna, and Nerissa's husband, David, who took their name—before evolving into an electric quintet. [...] read more»
1996 Best Music Group, Power-Pop Success

Tracy Bonham

Tracy Bonham began her career in music playing violin at age 9. Originally from Oregon, Bonham came to Boston to attend Berklee, and paid her [...] read more»
1994 Best Music Group, Power Pop

Letters to Cleo

These local alterna-popsters take their name form lead singer Kay Hanley's long lost childhood pen friend. It is perhaps a good thing that Cleo never [...] read more»
1994 Best Music Group, Country

Blood Oranges

Blood Oranges crosses many musical boundaries, which is part of its appeal. Vocalist/mandolinist Jimmy Ryan comments on the band's sound, "Country people think we play [...] read more»
1994 Best Music Group, Modern Rock

Machinery Hall

In May this magazine predicted that machinery Hall could be the "next monster rock group" from Boston. We stand by that assertion. Now with an [...] read more»
1994 Best Music Group, Folk

Kevin Connolly

Singer/songwriter Kevin Connolly's soulful voice (reminiscent of that of Van Morrison) has taken us to Italy and other faraway places via his "musical postcards." His [...] read more»
1989 Best Music Group, Rock Band

New Kids on the Block

Five white kids with a great black sound. This trick worked for the Osmond brothers, and it's working now for New Kids on the Block. read more»
1987 Best Music Group, Local

Al Halliday and the Hurricanes

Dynamic and powerful. The Hurricanes' "I Can See Forever in Your Eyes" may be the year's best single cut by a local group. read more»
1986 Best Music Group, Local

O-Positive

They're melodic; they've got good lyrics and a good stage presence to boot. read more»
1985 Best Music Group, Instrumental, Local

John Gibbon’s MFA Trio

A trio con brio. read more»
1985 Best Music Group, Choral, Local

The Boston Camerata

A major reason for Boston's eminence in the world of early music. read more»
1984 Best Music Group, Rock Band

The Lyres

The group's tough, gritty, and unpretentious. A real crowd pleaser—if you like that sort of thing. read more»