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Best Band Name

1st Place: Sassy Magoo
2nd Place: Cats Ass
3rd Place: The Shouting Matches

They don’t name bands like they used to. Gone are the glorious days of one-word rawk monikers like Queen, Rush, Yes, Scorpions, Journey, and Hanson. Today it’s all “Florence and the Machine” and “Mumford and Sons” and “Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake.” But that doesn’t mean creativity is dead, and the musicians of the Chippewa Valley are doing their part to spice things up. Your top choice for best local band name is last year’s second-place winner, Sassy Magoo – a name just begging to be used in a rhyming couplet. Sassy played a farewell show last spring, so we’re not sure if you’ll see the name on a local marquee anytime soon, if ever again. In second place, you loved the assonance of local variety band Cats Ass, and in third, the raucous-sounding label for Justin Vernon project The Shouting Matches. –Mike Paulus