Best Rock Band

Black Girls

Readers' Pick

Dishing out self-proclaimed “snuff rock” (like the tobacco, not the film), this surf and glam unit of white boys has experienced a meteoric rise since their inception last summer. Bassist Jeff Knight has a simple explanation: “Hard work got us here, and the support from fans.” And like snuff, Black Girls embodies a quick, fun burst of energy, so go see them before they’re banned by the feds or given a warning label.

Second Place: Velvet Marias

Third Place: Gwar

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