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Best of St. Louis, 2013: The Music! 

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With more than 275 winners crammed into this year's Best of St. Louis issue, there's again a lot to see in St. Louis, which is sort of our point. Inside the Arts & Entertainment section of this year's edition, we have plenty of places and musicians worth scoping out. Here's a sort-of random sampling of the 2013 Best of St. Louis winners in the Arts & Entertainment category. Congratulations to our winners. Now go out and see a show!
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Best Cover Band: The VCRs

In this city '70s and '80s cover bands are a dime a dozen. But the '90s? It seemed like no one wanted to go full-flannel until the VCRs came along.

Read the full story: Best Cover Band: The VCRs
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Best Bassist: Joey Glynn

With a spry grin and his signature mutton chops, Joey Glynn provides the backbone to arguably the most successful band currently calling St. Louis home: Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three.

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Best Hip-Hop DJ: DJ Mahf

DJ Mahf is no stranger to this publication, and we'll stop writing about him and his irreproachable turntable skills if he ever slows down or misses a beat, but 2013 doesn't seem to be the year that that's going to happen.

Read the full story: Best Hip-Hop DJ: DJ Mahf
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Best Folk Artist: Indian Blanket

The songs of Indian Blanket are simple and concise, with an ability to touch even the coldest of hearts.

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Best Jazz Artist: The Bosman Twins

Dwayne and Dwight Bosman have been fixtures on the St. Louis jazz scene since they were teenagers, and though the twins could easily have become a novelty act, a footnote to this city's rich jazz history, they've more than made their mark.

Read the full story: Best Jazz Artist: The Bosman Twins
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Best Metal Band: Black Fast

The members of Black Fast don't play games; they play metal. Blistering, bludgeoning, no-holds-barred metal. The band's latest, August's Starving Out the Light, nimbly hopscotches through subgenres while maintaining an impressive technicality throughout.

Read the full story: Best Metal Band: Black Fast
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Best Gospel Artist: Arthur Anthony

In 2008 former Olympic boxer and East St. Louis native Arthur "Flash" Johnson was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia, and he turned from fighting to singing gospel music, pouring as much soul into the studio and onto the stage as he once did the canvas ring.

Read the full story: Best Gospel Artist: Arthur Anthony
Best Band Name: Good Luck at the Hog Slaughter

Good Luck at the Hog Slaughter is suggestive, confrontational and clingy. Once a phrase used to usher a friend through an old family ritual, the saying "good luck at the hog slaughter" stuck to singer Jim Fitzpatrick's tongue.

Read the full story: Best Band Name: Good Luck at the Hog Slaughter
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Best Concert -Poster Designer: Ashley Hohman

Steeped in DIY punk aesthetic, Ashley Hohman's poster art is bold, utilizing black-and-white photos and text, and employing the use of a copy machine.

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Best Rock Club: Off Broadway

It is pretty safe to say that Off Broadway is home base to much of the St. Louis music scene and its many diverse bands.

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Best Country Band (Alternative): The Dive Poets

With Married to Your Ghost, the first full-length album from veteran band the Dive Poets, Eric Sargent has established himself as one of the keenest songwriters in St. Louis' Americana scene, but it's his band that has come into its own.

Read the full story: Best Country Band (Alternative): The Dive Poets
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Best All-Ages Venue: Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center

Be forewarned: Pretension is part of the deal with the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center. The pretense here is "no booze, no drugs, no jerks." Its nonprofit status allows for a focus on subversive sounds.

Read the full story: Best All-Ages Venue: Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center
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Best Drummer: Shawn O'Connor

"Best" is a relative term, especially when relating to a dense trade like percussion, and one's measure of skill often lies with straight speed or power. Not that Shawn O'Connor (a.k.a. the Defenestrator) of Yowie is lacking in either.

Read the full story: Best Drummer: Shawn O'Connor
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Best Rock Band: Tok

Tok & roll combines feel-good licks with solid midtempo beats and impeccable dance moves that prove these guys are really in it for the fun.

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Best Blues Club: Beale on Broadway

The blues were made for hot, sweaty, steamy nights. On any given evening (at least until winter rolls around), the rustic patio of Beale on Broadway — with its ample tables, excellent sightlines and freight trains rolling into view — throws the sound of the blues out into the open air and dishes out even more heat than it takes in.

Read the full story: Best Blues Club: Beale on Broadway
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Best Country Band (Traditional): Diesel Island

It's easy to take Diesel Island for granted, to forget that it's still one of the strongest purveyors of classic country music in town.

Read the full story: Best Country Band (Traditional): Diesel Island
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Best Vocalist (Female): Irene Allen Sullivan

Irene Allen Sullivan is blessed with a powerhouse of a voice. Pound for pound, she can belt it out with the best in the city.

Read the full story: Best Vocalist (Female): Irene Allen Sullivan
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Best Jam Band: Reelfoot

Reelfoot brings elongated jam sessions to each performance, understanding that the jam format calls for song after song to feed into one another, each ending back where it started.

Read the full story: Best Jam Band: Reelfoot
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Best Punk Band: Maximum Effort

Good, you made it. Were you followed? Are you sure? OK, good. Let's call this meeting to order. Ladies and gentlemen, we are pleased to report that the Maximum Effort project has been steadily gaining support in the underground community, raising awareness about the lies of the shadow government and finding footing particularly in the St. Louis area.

Read the full story: Best Punk Band: Maximum Effort
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Best Radio Show (Music): All Soul, No Borders

With Monday hot on Sunday's heels, All Soul, No Borders (10 p.m. till midnight on KDHX, 88.1 FM) calms that work-week dread with a genuine jazz show.

Read the full story: Best Radio Show (Music): All Soul, No Borders
Best R&B Artist: Al Holliday

Earlier this year Al Holliday emerged seemingly out of nowhere (actually it was Collinsville, Illinois) with a debut album, Made It Through the Mill, Again, and made fans of St. Louis blues, soul and R&B more than take notice.

Read the full story: Best R&B Artist: Al Holliday
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Best Blues Artist: Brian Curran

Rail thin and bourbon weathered, Brian Curran cuts a mean blues-guitar-slinging figure. But he's no poseur.

Read the full story: Best Blues Artist: Brian Curran
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Best New Band: Lumpy & the Dumpers

Straight from the demented brain of a man who calls himself "Lumpy" (a.k.a. Martin Meyer, former drummer of St. Louis punk favorite Sweet Tooth), Lumpy & the Dumpers is a band tailor-made to occupy the deepest, darkest corners of subterranean spaces.

Read the full story: Best New Band: Lumpy & the Dumpers
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Best Cover Band: The VCRs

In this city '70s and '80s cover bands are a dime a dozen. But the '90s? It seemed like no one wanted to go full-flannel until the VCRs came along.

Read the full story: Best Cover Band: The VCRs

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