Best Local Single of the Past 12 Months

"In Your Room"

Most summer songs tend to sound different or dusty a year after their release, reminding the listener of national, regional and personal events of days gone by. Not so with Bruiser Queen's snarling single "In Your Room." Though it dropped in 2013, "In Your Room" maintains perfect freshness — which is kind of funny, considering the song is fantastically grimy. In this gritty, catchy ode to love and lust, Morgan Nusbaum goes primal over her own backing vocals and meowing guitar, while percussionist Jason Potter drives things forward with killer fills and checks. It's all part of a package that's perfectly tied up with a "Woo-ooo-ooo" bow that hasn't lost its color.

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