Lydia Loveless, the first-ever winner in our brand-new best local band category (narrowly edging out her sister's band The Girls!), has actually started to establish herself as a national presence. Her latest album, Somewhere Else, received praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, Spin and Pitchfork, and there's a growing sense 2014 could be a very good year for the longtime C-bus resident.

Lydia Loveless, the first-ever winner in our brand-new best local band category (narrowly edging out her sister's band The Girls!), has actually started to establish herself as a national presence. Her latest album, Somewhere Else, received praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, Spin and Pitchfork, and there's a growing sense 2014 could be a very good year for the longtime C-bus resident.

Runners-up: The Girls!, Cadaver Dogs

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