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Best Local Album of the Past 12 Months

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Though, yes, the title’s perfect for this distinction, Skaters’ Manhattan is such a strong debut that it’s difficult to imagine the band creating any songs beyond this first barrage of beautiful noise. “Miss Teen Massachusetts” is so unavoidably addictive, so painlessly catchy, that the chorus has wailed its way to the top of must-hear playlists half a year after its release. The reception that greeted the New York–based quartet at Governors Ball in June and the euphoric live set they destroyed only elevated the pop-rock riffs of the record’s strongest single.

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