Best Surprise Woodwind: Ratking
With a messy approach to melodies and charismatic on-stage tension, performances by New York City hip-hop crew Ratking are always slightly unhinged, and the addition of live saxophone player Isaiah Barr, a local bandleader who guested on the crew's "Snow Beach," added free-jazz-levels of happy unwieldiness to their Gov Ball set. Rapper/toaster Wiki remains a compelling frontman thanks to his pure physical aggression and punk approach to rapping, but the additional brass underscored that sometimes his dancing is almost what you'd find in a ska mosh pit. Imagine the Operation Ivy logo come to life and you're almost there. J.E.S.