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AB & the Sea

Back in the early '60s, everyone wanted to be a Beach Boy — driving a woody, riding the waves, playing that twangy, fuzzed-out surf-rock. Well, that dream still lives on, although the whole "sand in the shorts" thing has gone out of fashion. Nowadays, bands like Grizzly Bear, the Botticellis, and the Papercuts stick to aping the multipart harmonies, minor-chord melancholy, and tremolo riffing of the Wilson fellas. Fresh from the wild waters of the Midwest comes AB & the Sea, a trio of buddies from Winneconne, Wisconsin, who moved to the Bay Area last year in search of the big wave. Tunes like "We Love the Life We Got" showcase a winsome beachside campfire vibe, full of catchy melodies and lyrics promoting the simple pleasures of life — much as the Beach Boys once did. Hang ten, boys!

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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