Another year of local music has come to a close. And while many slices of the South Florida scene did their part to support the finest musicians in our glorious neck of the woods, it's safe to say that some did it better than others.
In particular, Lake Worth shined this year, coming into its own and creating an artsy underground refuge where local music has thrived. Some of the most exciting bands to be booked on any bill this year played their hearts out at places like Propaganda. So what better way to kick off another 365 days of headbanging and booty-shaking than by bringing them all together again.
Setting up a beautifully gritty New Year's Eve, Prop owners Jon Jordan and Matthew Krug planned a solid block party on J Street, featuring 20 bands and 17 DJs on three different stages. While your Miami friends were getting dressed up to maybe have an OK time, attendees of Propaganda's fine soiree were treated to local music's biggest bands, like Everymen and Spred the Dub, as well as a sprinkling of 2013 newcomers, such as post-pop-punk crew The Old Fashioned and Birthday Candles.
Local heavyweights The Hard Richards brought that Boynton Beach brand of ska to the street stage, tearing through tracks from the brand-new record, Nu Derection, and doing us all a favor by covering Reel Big Fish's "Beer."
Emerging local outfit Shotgun Betty definitely delivered during its headlining slot at the Coastars stage, playing for a packed house hungry to hear fresh tunes with an Americana twist. The mellow songs were a perfect fit, but the big-ass party on the street was occasionally a noisy distraction. Nevertheless, Shotgun Betty overcame that racket and won over even more new fans, just months after its first show as a band.