Best Rock Band That Isn’t Bon Iver

We all love Justin Vernon, but Bon Iver isn’t the only talented band from the Chippewa Valley. Nick Anderson & The Skinny Lovers are the Valley’s choice for favorite rock band this year, and it’s clear why: From the lead singer’s crazy-good vocals to the members’ clear passion for music, this band is destined to go far. Locals will be sad to hear that second-place winner (and two-time champ), Jim Pullman Band, just played its last show together as a full band. Finally, Idle Empress is another favorite, likely because of the lead singer Lauren Anderson’s beautiful lyrics and mesmerizing performances. — Natalie Rosenkranz