Best of Philly

Best Local Band

2014 BEST Band

Northern Arms

The city’s most compelling band is a curious amalgam of jazz, gospel and old-time rock-and-roll that WXPN once aptly labeled “dark Americana.” Find and download the self-titled debut album on iTunes.


2012 BEST Band

Man Man

Four studio albums in, this quintet is as gritty, weird and wonderful as the city itself, and their live performances-which fill the Troc and Union Transfer-conjure up a joyful madness that never grows old. Read more »

2009 BEST Local Band

Black Landlord

Funk meets hip-hop meets punk in this Philly octet composed of time-tested veterans of the local music scene, most prominently pimped-out-large-and-in-charge front man Maxx Stoyanoff-Williams, who leads his tight entourage through edgy, fierce horn stacks and beat breakdowns like James Brown on steroids. Buy the band’s first full-length album, Addicted to Distraction, which came out… Read more »