Best Of 2005

BEST USE OF AN EFFECTS PEDAL: Trans-Mission

I've only seen this up-and-coming, guitar-and-drums duo a couple times so far — and one of those shows was a bit of a glitch-plagued endurance test — but their knack for writing good, idiosyncratic tunes of almost every rock subgenre and their ability to fill a room up with sound impressed me right off the bat. Tight, expressive drummer Jimi-Bob provides snappy swing while Aaron Cook sings, plays guitar and does the effects-pedal dance, layering riffs and melodies to create an interesting, evocative whole. Expect to hear more from these guys over the next year. www.begintransmission.com. - Scott Harrell