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2012 Best Music Poll Winners
BEST MUSIC POLL > BOSTON

Electronic Act

Bearstronaut


It’s telling that in this town that is so often bogged down with indie jangle-rock, the real competition was in the electronic category — and that the winners, far from glowstick dorks with LEDs and visor helmets, are these modern-rock heartthrobs who are just as much in the world of Ride and Cut Copy as are, say, M83 or Delia Derbyshire. The band’s new single — this month’s “Painted in the Dark” — is no slouch either, its whumping metallic edges leaving sparks that are at once majestic and iridescent, with soaring plaintive cries and crescendoing synth waves. Rock isn’t dead, it’s just moved over into a new category, hiding in plain sight.

RUNNERS-UP: Birthdays, Stereo Telescope, Glass Teeth

_Daniel Brockman

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