Best New Band


Shakewell understands two things: “If there’s no tambourine, your band’s too green.” Also, “If there ain’t no conga, your funk’s all wronga!” This skin-tight, six-piece dance/funk outfit started lighting up stages from Missoula to Hamilton (if the sticker above the urinal in the Bitter Root Brewery men’s room is to be believed) in 2012, and came out of nowhere to take third place in Sean Kelly’s Top of the Mic competition this spring. Their juggernaut toward world domination continues unabated as they cause rumps to shake and backbones to slide at every sweaty show. Interesting factoid: In the hallowed history of the Indy’s Best of Missoula poll, no band has ever repeated in this category. Shakewell:

Finalists, Best New Band

2. TIE:

The BoxCutters:

The Hasslers:

3. The Codependents:

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