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Best Local Rock Band

Don't let the cheeky antics of bassist Dustan Nigro distract you from the fact that the busy indie rock of THE CLOSE is the real deal. Frenetic and angular high-end guitar pitch; disaffected -- almost nasal -- vocals; steadfast drumming; and Nigro's virtuoso basslines make the band not only one of the more technically proficient but also surprisingly energetic live acts. On stage, the group offers sensory overload, pounding through an angst-ridden Built to Spill sound, while Nigro takes off his shirt, stalks the stage, leans on his bandmates and ascends speakers and amps. Keyboardist and backup vocalist Theresa Marie Fedor outfits the band with a burgeoning indie goddess and some crucial harmonies that take the group from good to best.


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