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Best New Band

1st Place: Pit Wagon
2nd Place: Two Castles
3rd Place: Lauren Anderson

Pit Wagon leads the pack of new bands in the Valley with a blend of down-on-your-luck folk rock and authentic country sounds. Made up of Matt Vold, Matthew Mabis, and Emily Jensen (and sometimes joined by members of The Heart Pills), Pit Wagon has been making the local venue rounds and shows no sign of slowing down. Two Castles, the new project by Wisconsin Built’s Eric Christenson, finds him trading in the lo-fi organ chords and guitar strums for crunchy digital synths and stuttering drum programming. With an EP and a host of singles, Two Castles is changing up the electronic game. Local singer-songwriter Lauren Anderson takes third, providing the Valley with a new melt-your-heart folk vibe. Whether she’s playing solo or accompanied by a full band, her gorgeous vocal control and woodsy guitar picking is bound to stir up some feelings. —Alex Tronson


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