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Best Rock Band That Isn’t Bon Iver

1st Place: Adelyn Rose
2nd Place: Laarks
3rd Place: The Heart Pills

The Best Rock Band category was particularly close this year, with the top three contenders all coming within six votes of each other. Leading the pack for the first time was Adelyn Rose (who scored second last year). Frontwoman Addie Strei’s straightforward songwriting paired against the band’s jazz sensibilities creates a perfect, organic mix. In second was a four-piece of old hands in the music scene – Laarks – whose sophomore record, Fiat Lux, brought them back to the forefront in Eau Claire, even though several members now live out of town. Rounding out the top three was The Heart Pills with their fun, jangly, country-influenced rockabilly. –Thom Fountain