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2010 Best Music Poll Winners
BEST MUSIC POLL > BOSTON

Garage or Psych Act

Girlfriends


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Okay, so the kneejerk way to explain the Local Garage/Psych category would be to say, "You know, like, what used to pass muster at the Abbey Lounge." And that might just do it for Girlfriends, who wore out their copies of the Nuggets collection a while back, but not before they mastered the art of the beer-stained basement freak-out. Gnarled surf guitars and floppy-springed reverb channels rule the roost here with vocals that sound as if they'd been buried in the crawlspace ductwork by a crafty HVAC guy. But it's not all in the lo-fi delivery. (Well, okay, a lot of it is.) Under all the audio scuzz lie picture-perfect pop songs. Like the rest of this year's contenders, Girlfriends have dug into the all-ages trenches and emerged with medals of honor and trophies topped off with scuffed figurines of Robert Pollard doing drunken air kicks.

Runners-up
2. Thick Shakes
3. Hands and Knees
4. Needy Visions

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