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Hatrick Penry / Press

“For the first time in years, this year’s best local musician/group category was write-in only, and when the tally was complete, we came out with a surprise winner. Hatrick Penry, a young ska band, takes home the title, beating out well-established newcomer The Yawpers and two groups and one singer-songwriter — Face, Gregory Alan Isakov and The Magic Beans — who have been around the block a few times. Hatrick Penry’s motto is “Give me ska or give me death.” While many might agree a better phrasing would be “Give me death before you give me ska,” you gotta love an underdog. Kudos, boys. We’re keeping an eye on you.”