Best Of 2005

BEST SONG BY A LOCAL BAND: "Bismark,” by Life of Pi

Five-and-a-half minutes of crashing, infectious, melancholy indie-pop perfection. While much of this Tampa quartet’s set list immediately recalls alt-generation icons like Weezer and Pixies, this particular tune — the centerpiece of Life of Pi’s great sophomore album, Pyrrhic Victory — tempers that familiarity with an original vibe that’s both cinematic and somehow still intensely personal. Fragile guitar lines float in and out of the minimal verses, building to an oceanic chorus highlighted by creative harmonies. It should be in regular rotation on every FM station in the country. - Scott Harrell