Best Live Band

Trip Daddys

"This band is really all about its live show, where Straubinger's reverb-laden assault of classic guitar licks — and natural showman tendencies — takes center stage."—Shae Moseley

Best Metal/Thrash Band

Dude Nukem

"The band favors tightly wound musicianship over apathetic slop, yet its riffs still maintain circle-pit adrenaline, and its blast-beats are downright violent." — Ryan Wasoba 

Best Modern Rock Band

Building Rome

"Building Rome has been a staple of the local emo/pop-punk scene for years; last year's Alkaline Trio-influenced Nightmare, however, clearly shows a band shooting for the next level." — Shae Moseley 

Best New Artist

Sleepy Kitty

"Sleepy Kitty throws itself completely into its projects — whether it's writing and performing gorgeous, experimental pop songs, crafting imaginative, screen-printed show flyers or being the newest and brightest addition to Cherokee Street's thriving arts scene." 

— Chrissy Wilmes 

Best Punk/Hardcore Band

The Humanoids

"The Humanoids' sense of dynamics, willingness to let riffs shine through and happiness in those sweet little 'whoa-oh' choruses make them the punk band to beat." — Roy Kasten

Best Pop Band

The Blind Eyes

"Pop music needn't be modest, but the Blind Eyes manages to be both unassuming and completely irresistible." — Roy Kasten

Best Rock Band


"LOGOS' tunes call to mind prog-rock masters of the past, but retain enough youthful spirit and bombastic production to make them appeal to people outside of the KSHE crowd." — Shae Moseley

Best Vocalist (Female)

Cassie Morgan

"'Ain't I Your Honey?' from this year's Weathered Hands, Weary Eyes, slinks along like a bluesy seduction, but Morgan needs little more than a slide guitar and her sweet (but barbed) voice to make it stick." — Christian Schaeffer

Best Vocalist (Male)

Bob Reuter

"For nearly four decades he's told the stories of people who are as interesting and varied as he is, with a fired-up blues yelp peppering the heart of a folk singer." — Robin Wheeler

Best Local Album

Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three, Riverboat Soul

"As the title of his record suggests, LaFarge's music is an audacious exaltation of bygone eras of blues, bluegrass, rockabilly and rock & roll, replete with kazoo solos, washboard percussion and wicked finger-pickin' guitar licks." — Keegan Hamilton

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