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2010 Best Music Poll Winners
BEST MUSIC POLL > NATIONAL

Roots or Americana Act

Wilco


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Truth be told, Wilco haven't really played anything resembling the standard idea of "roots" or "Americana" since their 1995 debut album, but their unpretentious, low-key demeanor has defined a new post-alternative roots movement. Americana for a more . . . suburban America, perhaps. In any case, last year's typically understated Wilco (The Album) (Nonesuch) kept fans flocking to their shows and celebrating the band's rep as a formidable live act (with the crucial involvement of guitar hot shot Nels Cline). Perhaps BMP voters recognize that this Chi-town act have a certain fondness for our area — their North Adams Solid Sound Festival is coming in August, with not only multiple Wilco (and Wilco-side-project) sets but a line-up that offers, uh, pretty much everything but roots and Americana.

Runners-up
2. The Low Anthem
3. Avett Brothers
4. Monsters of Folk

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