The first time we saw Shiny Penny (then named Shiny Penny and The Critical Shoes), they were totally obliterating the competition at a Battle of the Bands at the now-closed Daddy Real's The Place. We're not sure what happened to Daddy Real's, but Shiny Penny thankfully survived – and thrived. They're releasing a brand new album called Wait, Don't Hold (just nine months after the release of Open Out) and setting off on a long tour across the Midwest and into Texas. This killer live band earned their spot at the top of the pack honest.
2nd: Against The Clocks