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Best Alt-Rock Band Comeback Located in Greenpoint
The Julie Ruin
Kathleen Hanna’s recording project started during a Bikini Kill break in the magical late-90s Olympia scene, but as an actual live act they’ve only ever played Brooklyn. Treasured metal bar Saint Vitus hosted a full-band launch this summer during Northside, in the same neighborhood where they’ve been rehearsing for an anticipated album and tour this fall.
Best Use of the One Billion Music Writers Living in Brooklyn for Album Promotion
A surprise preview of Yeezus was projected onto buildings in 66 cities, but it was probably video from N. 7th Street in Williamsburg that popped up in your newsfeed.
Best Occult Ritual at a Music Festival
Sacred Bones Northside Showcase
A hotly contested category, finally won around 3am in Public Assembly’s back room when Arizona goths Marshstepper topped their nightmare death masks, ceremonial body washing, full-frontal nudity and suggested sexual torture by just straight-up stapling Tarot cards to bare flesh.
Best Brooklyn-Baiting Music Supervisor
Though based in LA, Raval is on the team accountable for soundtracking key water-cooler shows with optimum emotional impact for a certain post-collegiate portion of gentrified Brooklyn. Among them: The New Girl, Happy Endings (RIP), Community. And some show called Girls.