Best New Band

The Dry County

This young, coed Tampa trio has built up a rabidly supportive following over the last year through regular shows at Skatepark of Tampa’s Transitions Art Gallery, with a sound that flawlessly balances artiness and grit. To call them indie rock might be misleading, but it’s virtually impossible to peg the group any more specifically — shades of everything from The Smiths and Hüsker Dü to Smoking Popes-esque pop-punk, dubby experimental post-rock and even alt-country provide grist for The Dry County’s nonetheless cohesive, unique and compelling sound. Like all great modern-pop-associated music, the threesome’s vibe is both familiar yet fresh, and the group’s obvious commitment to approaching it from an original and personal perspective promises more killer songs to come.