Best local band: Angela Perley & the Howlin' Moons
Fueled by songs like the stomping "Hurricane" and the comparatively dreamy "Athens," both off of the full-length Hey Kid, Angela Perley & the Howlin' Moons practically lived on the road in 2014, performing in excess of 120 concerts. Don't expect any slowdown in 2015, either. The band has already started recording a new full-length, and it recently signed with a booking agent with an eye on logging even more live dates this year.
Runners-up: Lydia Loveless, The Girls!
Angela Perley & the Howlin' Moons