BEST LOCAL BAND/ARTIST
The New Familiars
The band’s take on Americana and folk gets infused with a good bit of rock ethic and rhythms that can give you goose bumps. As the crowds grow, the local shows are getting more sporadic, and they recently paid thanks to fans with a free, packed Neighborhood Theatre gig. Catch ’em on the cheap while you can! Runner-ups: The Sea of Cortez and The Avett Brothers.