Best New Band

Detective Agency

Ulrika Larsson, Nate Kruz, Gwen Stubbs, and Amy Tisdale are four friends who toyed with the idea of starting a detective agency and solving neighborhood crimes. But they weren't very good at it, and instead settled for forming a garage-pop band called Detective Agency. That was a couple of years ago, but they only just released their first EP in February. Daggers is a charming collection of five lively tunes with nimble pop hooks, as fresh and breezy as a gust of spring air. Detective Agency proves that this simple formula—a group of friends kicking back, drinking beer, and writing songs together, just for the fun of it—really can be successful. Case closed. ERIN K. THOMPSON

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