Best Of 2011

BEST BAY AREA BREAK-OUT: Sleepy Vikings

Tampa shoegaze/alt roots sextet Sleepy Vikings experienced significant national exposure this year and deserve props for really putting themselves out there. The buzz began with a performance at Paste Magazine’s Atlanta studio for its “Live at Paste.com” series last August, and has only snowballed following the May release of their brooding nine-track debut, They Will Find You Here (New Granada Records). They hired a well-connected PR firm to help get the word out, earned glowing record reviews from reputable online music rags, prompted a wave of positive live reviews after their first-ever (19-date) tour, and even caught the attention of high-profile musician Marc Bianchi, aka Her Space Holiday, who whipped up a remix of their song “Calm” and posted it to the super indie popular My Old Kentucky Blog in August. The break-out band is poised to bring even more attention to the Tampa Bay music scene when they set out on their second national tour in October. sleepyvikings.com.