<strong>John Del Signore's Band of the Year: Dirty Projectors</strong><p></p>Since their big blog buzz <a href="http://stereogum.com/archives/tour-dates/dirty-projectors-played-mercury-lounge-we-secondha_006626.html">show at Mercury Lounge in October of '07</a>, Brooklyn-based Dirty Projectors have been steadily rising above obscurity to indie rock prominence. They've done NPR, sold out the big Music Hall of Williamsburg, and evenâgulpâcaught <a href="http://gothamist.com/2008/01/11/mtv_embraces_br.php">the dark, sinister eye of MTV</a>. (The latter bit of exposure was redeemed by <a href="http://gothamist.com/2007/09/27/dirty_projector.php">chief projectionist Dave Longstreth</a> telling the network: "F*ck this we can do it ourselves, we're not represented by MTV.") The band's unpredictable, idiosyncratic sound is distinguished by dizzying time signatures, soaring vocal harmonies, and infectious passion. And miraculously, you can sort of dance to it. Or at least bob your head until your neck hurts. Which we'll be doing tonight at <a href="http://gothamist.com/2008/12/29/miles_seaton_akronfamily.php">their sold-out New Year's Eve show</a> at the Knitting Factory, where they'll be joined by Deerhoof, Akron/Family, and a cast of thousands in a fitting climax to Dirty Projectors' breakthrough year.