Best Pop Band
Only an exceptionally talented group of musicians can write a naughty strip-club hit while still maintaining underground indie-rock street cred. The Lovemakers, the Oakland-based electro-pop band that everyone knew would "make it," actually did. And though Lisa Light and Scott Blonde are still playing small venues like the Rickshaw Stop, at this very moment accomplished strippers around the world are actually shaking their asses to "Shake That Ass": the band's sexy, catchy, 2005 Scissor Sisters-esque single, a tune as haunting and memorable as the image of a busty bottle blond swinging around a brass pole. However, this gorgeous anthem of one-night-stands isn't really representative of the Lovemakers' typically darker, more new-wavy sound, which the band describes as "Led Zeppelin covering Prince" but is perhaps more like the Cure covering the B-52s.