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September 26, 2012 Slideshows

Best Of® St. Louis Music 2012 

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Selected Best Of® St. Louis 2012 music winners. For the full Best Of® rundown, hop over to
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Pig Slop Studios - Best Venue to Die in the Past 12 Months
Pig Slop was not just some dude's basement. First of all, it was more like an attic, but that's not the important point.
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.
Photo by Clayton Gore
Fister - Best Metal Band
The best metal band in town should be the one that goes at it full force.
Shooting With Annie - Best Country Band (Alternative)
Shooting With Annie is still too punk-minded for Nashville, but that's Music City's loss.
David Robertson - Best Reason to Go to Powell Hall
There are many reasons to relish a trip to Powell Hall when the St. Louis Symphony is in town.
Elemental Shakedown - Best Bluegrass Band
The tradition of bluegrass may be as old as St. Louis itself, but Elemental Shakedown isn't content to be a museum piece.
Encapsulated Studios - Best Recording Studio
By its very nature, recording your band's music is stressful.
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.
Pig Slop Studios - Best Venue to Die in the Past 12 Months
Pig Slop was not just some dude's basement. First of all, it was more like an attic, but that's not the important point.

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