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Best Brooklyn Breakout
The So So Glos’ Blowout
It’s not the band’s first record, but it’s the first to get a lot of attention (not only from outlets like us but also Rolling Stone, MTV, Pitchfork, Spin), so much so that the guys even wound up on Letterman. Way to go, fellas! A record this good deserves it.
Best Brooklyn Venue for Catch-as-Catch-Can Concerts, Parties, Markets, Performances and Pop-ups of All Sorts
Secret Project Robot
We’ve seen sloppy concerts and great plays and holiday markets at this entertaining place. And so on. Get on their mailing list.
Best Album Announcement
Vampire Weekend via The New York Times
There it was in the “Notices & Lost and Found” classifieds in the February 4th edition of the Times: a tiny, black-and-white ad with the words “Modern Vampires of the City, May 7, 2013.” Subversive—for a bunch of Millennials. Teamed with a cryptic post from the band’s Twitter feed a few days earlier tipping off fans to keep an eye out (“NYT Classifieds…”), they managed to merge new- and old-school media cleverly.
Best band We Wish Would Just Move Back Here Already
A “Brooklyn, NY” hometown shout-out on their Facebook page and constant press mentions with twin sister Katie’s local outfit Waxahatchee are misleading, but Allison Crutchfield’s Swearin’ packed it up for Philly last year (apparently it’s cheaper there). It’s a tough pill to swallow, as their self-titled debut fits squarely into the pocket of 90s-nodding, melody-driven rock that our borough is preoccupied with but that few bands actually pull off.