10 Boston Based Artists I Am Really Vibing With



Hailing from the same dirty-water city that birthed favorites like Aerosmith, The Pixies, and Guster, and new indie heroes like the Ballroom Thieves and Honeysuckle, Strangers by Accident are an authentic, energetic indie-folk act with an old-school respect for songwriting. Their debut EP, recorded at BearTone Records in 2016, was released less than two years after Brian Sousa and Amy Wynne met as strangers on a rainy day in Boston, played a song called “Accident,” and started playing open-mics as an acoustic duo. 


Brian Templeton (formerly of The Radio Kings) on vocals and harmonica, Charlie O'Neal on guitar, Rick O'Neal on bass, and Jeff Armstrong on drums. Since forming in 2008, Delta Generators have won several awards including the Boston Blues Society Blues Challenge in 2008 and have placed in the top ten at The International Blues Challenge in 2009. In the last couple of years, the band has shared the stage with Robert Cray, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Three Dog Night, Jimmie Vaughn, and Sonny Landreth, among others.


The Mean Reds is a 5-piece, pro-quality band playing a variety of vintage and "new vintage" music, including swing, blues, jazz, r&b, and soul. Comprised of highly-skilled, veteran jazz/blues musicians, and led by powerhouse frontwoman Jan Marie on lead vocals, The Mean Reds mix genres with plentiful ease, coaxing even the most left-footed of folks to take the dancefloor.


Even though Malwina lives in US, she keeps her ties with the Polish music culture and community. Whenever she goes back to Poland she organizes voice workshops specifically developed for underprivileged children and performs in benefit concerts. Her mission is to give back what she learnt during her time in US and share it with people who don’t have an access to quality education and resources.


Hailing from the Land of Rising Sun (Japan), TOKYO TRAMPS is a group of American roots music fanatics. The musical journey started when Satoru left Japan to go to Louisiana searching for the spirit of Rock'n'Roll. Soon he found the key, Blues. Yukiko left a lucrative job in Tokyo and took a giant step following her heart to play American music. Then in 1999, TOKYO TRAMPS was born in Boston.


Phil & the Flying Leap plays Americana Vaudeville originals to make you tap your toes and buy a one-way ticket to anywhere. Somerville singer-songwriter Phil Berman blends influence from American roots, early jazz, musical theater, and indie folk to weave indelible pop tapestries to sink your teeth into. Dancing shoes encouraged.


Autumn Jones is a a sultry R&B singer with edge in her voice. She is an eloquent lyricist and song-writer and backed by a killer band. The group formed over the past year at Berklee College of Music and have performed all around the Boston area at venues such as B3 restaurant and lounge, The Red Room, and the Matinee in Allston. They have upcoming performances this summer at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC and the acclaimed Maplewoodstock in New Jersey.


With a mastery of storytelling and the heart of a poet, Katie Dobbins captures elements of life and relationships in ways that lift spirits and challenge the soul. Her debut album She Is Free (released 2017) was described by The Deli Magazine as "a deeply personal record that is full of reflective poetry and messages of love . . . bringing to mind Jewel's Pieces of You." The comforting texture of her voice accompanied by her beautiful guitar or piano creates a warm inviting atmosphere that leaves her listeners longing for more.


The Perls are an indie-pop duo based in Cambridge. For the past few years, they've written songs through Skype from across the continent, but are now entering their newest in Boston. Following a single released in 2016, The Perls’ premiere EP, "The Age of Isolation," was released in December of 2017. The result is a collection of original songs on finding peace in change, moving silkily between symphonic pop and art rock as the new blends with the familiar.


Melissa Fine is a 17 year old singer-songwriter out of Boston, MA. She experiments with intricate layering and harmonies, a technique that brings cohesion to her diverse writing style. Her passion for music reaches further than the stage. She is an advocate for the local LGBTQIA community. Her songs draw inspiration from her struggles with friendship, identity, and confidence as well as her accomplishments.

Pat Timmons