Best Of® St. Louis Music 2012
The Firebird - Best Rock Club
The Firebird undoubtedly earned this year's award for "Best Rock Club," but in this case the word "rock" may be a bit of a misnomer.
Morgan Nusbaum - Best Vocalist
Anyone can sing, but it takes an electric cocktail of personality, talent and spark to front a band well. Morgan Nusbaum has it all in droves — so much so, in fact, that her energy and skills spill out of her two-piece punk band and into a singer-songwriter solo project that emphasizes her sweeter side, with honey-tinged vocals that ache.
Foam - Best All-Ages Venue
Honestly, if there were a way to see every single local musical event at Foam, we wouldn't have a problem with it.
Marquise Knox - Best Blues Artist
Though the renewed interest in pre-WWII blues among some younger St. Louis musicians has produced some interesting music over the last couple of years, many blues purists still see singer-guitarist Marquise Knox as the most likely candidate to push the music forward in the future.
Foxing - Best New Band
The revival of late-'90s-style emo among the barely legal demographic of Midwestern indie punks is upon us, and Foxing is poised to become the movement's local torchbearer.
Pat Grosch - Best Poster Designer (Concert Division)
As fans of the band know, the mop-topped frontman for Bug Chaser, Pat Grosch, is also its primary poster artist, which is why he doesn't have a design website. It also explains why the posters — like a visual sibling of the music — hum with a kind of carefully controlled artistic chaos.
Bob's Scratchy Records - Best Music Radio Program
Bob Reuter takes over the KDHX (88.1 FM) studio on Magnolia Street every Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. His show — Bob's Scratchy Records — is insanity: Strange noises from long-forgotten slabs of vinyl with the host howling over the music whenever the mood strikes him.
The Stone Sugar Shakedown - Best Jam Band
When the average citizen thinks of jam bands, names like Phish and Widespread Panic come to mind. But Led Zeppelin jammed too, and Stone Sugar Shakedown's blues-steeped explorations tend to resemble the latter.
Wrong Division - Best Music Blog
The digital extension of the KDHX (88.1 FM) show of the same name hosted by Mabel Suen and Joseph Hess (both also RFT
contributors), the Wrong Division blog is everything you might need to find your way into the world of this city's strange, vibrant, truly independent and underground music.