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Awards ceremonies are ostensibly about crowning winners. But if you’re the glass-half-empty type you might say that they produce considerably more losers on the whole. It’s something we alluded to about this year’s installment of the annual Boston Music Awards: there’s no pleasing everyone. Sometimes in Boston there’s no pleasing anyone. While opinions have always varied wildly on what the criteria for the awards should be, a Goldilocks approach seems reasonable, meaning an act should be neither too micro-local, nor too wildly successful to qualify.
In that regard, many of the major awards went to bands who fit just right. The eminently likeable Kingsley Flood won Album of the Year for “Battles,” a blend of bucolic folk and rousing, broadly instrumented rock that’s already further cemented their national presence.