Best of Brooklyn 2013: Music 


Best Brooklyn Hip-Hop Mixtape
Zebra Katz’s DRKLING

A claustrophobic but darkly stylish mix from our high-art rapper of the moment. A sinister 60s pop cover? A Busta Rhymes cameo? It’s minimalism that leaves space for big moves.

Best Brooklyn Super-Producer Helping Arcade Fire Make a Record in Manhattan
James Murphy

The DFA Records kingpin’s cosmically destined Eno-produced-Talking Heads moment cannot get into our earbuds fast enough.

Best Output of Recent Brooklyn Transplants

Why anyone would leave a kangaroo country for a non-kangaroo country is beyond us, but as the bands High Highs, Scott & Charlene’s Wedding and Free Time settle down in Brooklyn, giving their leisurely paced variations on folk and jangle-pop a new home, we feel sorry for their mother country. New York definitely came out on top here.

Best Microcosm of Brooklyn in a Scandinavian Country
“Brooklyn, Sweden” Festival

The promise of reindeer meat and unbeatable cheekbones is likely what’s luring a wide swath of the local art, film, food, comedy and music scene (including, but not limited to, The Hold Steady, DIIV, Twin Sister and The So So Glos) to Stockholm and Malmö for Labor Day weekend, where they’ll enable super-serious Swedes in their continuing mission to totally cop our style.


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