June 22, 2010

2010 RFT Music Awards Winners

You voted for your favorite local music acts and we're here to announce the winners of the readers' poll for the 2010 Riverfront Times Music Awards. Read about all the nominees in "2010 Music Showcase: 1 night, 50+ bands, 5 bucks this Saturday on Wash. Ave."
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Best Americana/Folk Band (Indie-Leaning)
The Monads
“The quartet dreams of pirates and moonshine and shit-kicking and cornbread and still more moonshine, and it brings those weird dreams to life with a blasting, thrashing, in-your-face bluegrass-punk sound that’s as raw as the blisters on their collective fingers.” — Roy Kasten
photo by Jon Gitchoff
Best Americana/Folk Band (Indie-Leaning)
The Monads
“The quartet dreams of pirates and moonshine and shit-kicking and cornbread and still more moonshine, and it brings those weird dreams to life with a blasting, thrashing, in-your-face bluegrass-punk sound that’s as raw as the blisters on their collective fingers.” — Roy Kasten
Best Americana/Folk Band (Untraditional)
Brothers Lazaroff
“Backed up by the supremely tight rhythm section of Teddy Brookins and Grover Stewart — and pushed into the funkosphere by jazz and electronic maestro Mo Egeston on keyboards — Brothers Lazaroff can jam your ass and stir your heart.” — Roy Kasten
photo by Steve Truesdell
Best Americana/Folk Band (Untraditional)
Brothers Lazaroff
“Backed up by the supremely tight rhythm section of Teddy Brookins and Grover Stewart — and pushed into the funkosphere by jazz and electronic maestro Mo Egeston on keyboards — Brothers Lazaroff can jam your ass and stir your heart.” — Roy Kasten
Best Blues Artist/Band
Alvin Jett & the Phat NoiZ Blues Band
“Jett’s classic, bending lead lines are backed by the funky, contemporary blues sound of his backing band, the Phat NoiZ.” — Shae Moseley
photo by Bryan Sutter
Best Blues Artist/Band
Alvin Jett & the Phat NoiZ Blues Band
“Jett’s classic, bending lead lines are backed by the funky, contemporary blues sound of his backing band, the Phat NoiZ.” — Shae Moseley
Best DJ
Spankalicious 
“Spankalicious calls himself ‘the glitchy hippie’ on his MySpace page, and it’s an apt descriptor; but it’s not the only way to describe the DJ, who embodies — and cherishes — the genre-splicing and spaced-out electro tendencies of the jamtronica scene.” — Annie Zaleski
photo by Jason Stoff
Best DJ
Spankalicious
“Spankalicious calls himself ‘the glitchy hippie’ on his MySpace page, and it’s an apt descriptor; but it’s not the only way to describe the DJ, who embodies — and cherishes — the genre-splicing and spaced-out electro tendencies of the jamtronica scene.” — Annie Zaleski
Best Electronic Artist/Band
Murder Happens
“[Paul Wood] and his bandmates pay tribute to the electronic rock music of the late ’80s while proving that the genre still has legs today.” — Christian Schaeffer
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Best Electronic Artist/Band
Murder Happens
“[Paul Wood] and his bandmates pay tribute to the electronic rock music of the late ’80s while proving that the genre still has legs today.” — Christian Schaeffer
Best Experimental Artist/Band 
Glass Teeth
“Glass Teeth mashes together ’80s hardcore with electronic music and displays a variety of influences.” — Nick Lucchesi
photo by Bryan Sutter
Best Experimental Artist/Band
Glass Teeth
“Glass Teeth mashes together ’80s hardcore with electronic music and displays a variety of influences.” — Nick Lucchesi
Best Funk/Soul/R&B (Group)
Funky Butt Brass Band
“Credit goes to the act’s three-pronged attack of stellar musicianship; an undeniable, good-time spirit; and a diverse repertoire that incorporates Tower of Power-style experimental funk grooves and adventurous arrangements.” — Shae Moseley
Photo by Lynn Terry
Best Funk/Soul/R&B (Group)
Funky Butt Brass Band
“Credit goes to the act’s three-pronged attack of stellar musicianship; an undeniable, good-time spirit; and a diverse repertoire that incorporates Tower of Power-style experimental funk grooves and adventurous arrangements.” — Shae Moseley
Best Funk/Soul/R&B (Solo Artist)
Lamar Harris
“Originally recognized for his talent as a horn player, Harris has since developed an unconventional fusion of funk, electronica, jazz and soul music that combines live instrumentation with electronic synths and drum samples.” — Calvin Cox
photo by Peter Wochniak
Best Funk/Soul/R&B (Solo Artist)
Lamar Harris
“Originally recognized for his talent as a horn player, Harris has since developed an unconventional fusion of funk, electronica, jazz and soul music that combines live instrumentation with electronic synths and drum samples.” — Calvin Cox
Best Hip-Hop/Rap Artist (Solo)
Murphy Lee
“With a quick smile and easygoing wit — along with tireless hustle and a Twitter account that can’t be beat — Murphy Lee is helping the St. Lunatics get its name back on the national map.” — Annie Zaleski
photo by Jonathan Mannion
Best Hip-Hop/Rap Artist (Solo)
Murphy Lee
“With a quick smile and easygoing wit — along with tireless hustle and a Twitter account that can’t be beat — Murphy Lee is helping the St. Lunatics get its name back on the national map.” — Annie Zaleski
Best Hip-Hop/Rap Artist (Group or Collective)
Midwest Avengers
“Co-frontmen BC (John Harrington) and So’n’So (James Coleman) can rhyme, rap and sing in the proud tradition of STL emcees, but their bandmates add crucial heft with live bass, guitar and drums.” — Christian Schaeffer
photo by Nick Schnelle
Best Hip-Hop/Rap Artist (Group or Collective)
Midwest Avengers
“Co-frontmen BC (John Harrington) and So’n’So (James Coleman) can rhyme, rap and sing in the proud tradition of STL emcees, but their bandmates add crucial heft with live bass, guitar and drums.” — Christian Schaeffer