The 2013 Dallas Observer Music Award Nominees

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For the 25th year, The Dallas Observer will honor the fine work of North Texas musicians (and a few behind-the-scenes people as well) with the Dallas Observer Music Awards.

We've asked experts of all stripes to help us compile a list of the area's best talent in 40 categories, which you can see below. From there, we picked the five that best represent this year's musical output. Determining which 40 of the 200 nominees win will be up to you -- we'll have a ballot live soon where you can vote. And of course this is all subjective. Many worthy artists did not make it onto the official ballot. You should definitely write them in. The winners will be announced at an award ceremony in early November.

This list of nominees also helps us determine the lineup for our annual Music Showcase, which will be held this year on Saturday, November 2 in Deep Ellum. Over 50 of the bands you see here will play that night on eight stages. Tickets are $10, and a presale starts today.

No one's still reading this, right? Here are the nominees, in alphabetical order:

See also: The 2012 Award Winners

2013 Dallas Observer Music Award Nominees

General Awards: Page 2
Best Group Act
Best Solo Act
Best New Release
Best New Act
Best Song
Best Music Video
Best Live Act
Best Vocalist
Best Guitarist
Best Bassist
Best Drummer
Best Pianist/Keyboardist

Genre Awards: Page 3
Best Blues Act
Best Country Act
Best Alt-Country Act
Best Americana Act
Best Electronic Act
Best Experimental/Noise Act
Best Folk Act
Best Funk/R&B Act
Best Hardcore Act
Best Jazz Act
Best Latin/Tejano Act
Best Metal Act
Best Pop Act
Best Punk Act
Best Rock Act
Best Rap/Hip-Hop Act
Best Cover Band
Best DJ
Best Producer

Industry Awards: Page 4
Best Weekly DJ Night
Best Label
Best Live Music Venue
Best New Live Music Venue
Best Talent Buyer
Best Record Store
Best Radio Show/Podcast
Best Festival
Best Music Blog

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From last year's award ceremony. Photo by Mike Brooks

Best Group Act
Baptist Generals
Centro-Matic
The Relatives
RTB2
True Widow

Best Solo Act
Nicholas Altobelli
Ronnie Fauss
Sarah Jaffe
Daniel Markham
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Best New Release
Direct Deposit by Tunk
Hard On by New Science Projects
Jeff Whittington by Jeff Whittington
Thunderdog by The O's
Yes, It's True by The Polyphonic Spree

Best New Act
Fogg
Frauen
Lord Byron
Son of Stan
Sam Lao

Best Song
"America's Son" by Air Review
"F#$K Like a Stripper" by Booty Fade
"Ivory Black" by Seryn
"Things Are Changing" by The Relatives
"Lights" by Zhora

Best Music Video
"Fly Candy Harvest" by The Baptist Generals (Directed by Jason Reimer)
"Fornication" by These Machines are Winning (Video by These Machines Are Winning)
"Pilgrims" by Sam Lao (Directed by Jeremy Biggers)
"Mannequin Woman" by Sarah Jaffe (By: Richard Krause, Toby Halbrooks, and David Lowery)
"Raise Your Head" by The Polyphonic Spree (Directed by Alex Gabbott)

Best Live Act
Brain Gang
George Quartz
The Cannabanoids
The Effinays
Venetian Sailors

Best Vocalist
Ally Hoffman
Brent Best
Daniel Hart
Sarah Jaffe
Taylor Rhea

Best Guitarist
Blake Ibanez
Daniel Markham
Jason "Shaggy" Kerr
Ronnie Heart
Ryan Thomas Becker

Best Bassist
Braylon Lacy
Casey Orr
Jack Russell
Steve Steward
Tony Ferraro

Best Drummer
Chris Carmichael
Grady Sandlin
Jordan Richardson
Tex Bosley
Zach Mayo

Best Pianist/Keyboardist
Adam Pickrell
Daron Beck
Paul Slavens
RC Williams
Shawn Magill

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From last year's award ceremony. Photo by Mike Brooks

Best Blues Act
Andrew "Jr Boy" Jones
Big Charles Young
Dim Locator
Josh Weathers
Miss Marcy

Best Country Act
Chapter 11
J. Charles and the Train Robbers
Kylie Rae Harris
Tejas Brothers
Zane Williams

Best Alt-Country Act
Danny Rush & the Designated Drivers
King Bucks
Quaker City Nighthawks
Somebody's Darling
The O's

Best Americana Act
Green River Ordinance
Jessie Frye
Oil Boom
The Orbans
Whiskey Folk

Best Electronic Act
Cutter
Dark Rooms
Def Rain
Ishi
Zhora

Best Experimental/Noise Act
Eat Avery's Bones
Shiny Around the Edges
Strange Towers
Violent Squid
Vulgar Fashion

Best Folk Act
Biographies
Fox and the Bird
Glen Farris
Hares on the Mountain
Warren Jackson Hearne & Le Leek Electronique

Best Funk/R&B Act
Boom Bachs
Danny Church Band
Larry G(ee)
RC & the Gritz
The Relatives

Best Hardcore Act
Brutal Juice
Deep Throat
Kid Prison
Modern Pain
Power Trip

Best Jazz Act
Black James Franco
Matt Tolentino
One O'Clock Lab Band
Snarky Puppy
Yells at Eels

Best Latin/Tejano Act
Mayta
Orbinuatas
Parranda Venezula
Quimikoz Del Son
Super Sonic Lips

Best Metal Act
Maleveller
Pinkish Black
Solomon
Soviet
Terminator 2

Best Pop Act
Catamaran
Pageantry
Senor Fin
Seryn
The Treelines

Best Punk Act
Bad Sports
Fungi Girls
Leg Sweeper
Mind Spiders
The Phuss

Best Rock Act
Satans of Soft Rock
Sealion
These Machines Are Winning
War Party
We'rewolves

Best Rap/Hip-Hop Act
A.Dd+
Dorrough
Dustin Cavazos
Sam Lao
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Best Cover Band
Dallas Uber Alles
Rhymin 'n' Stealin
Sweatloaf
Taste of Herb
The Gorehounds

Best DJ
Blixaboy
Fishr Pryce
Sober
Tony Schwa
Yeahdef

Best Producer
Booty Fade
John Congelton
S1
Salim Nourallah
Stuart Sikes

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From last year's award ceremony. Photo by Mike Brooks

Best Weekly DJ Night
Showdown at the Sundown (Tuesday)
Stoned Soul Saturday (Single Wide)
The Cool Out (Monday at Crown & Harp)
The Turn Up (Thursday at Beauty Bar)
Travis Basement (Thursday)

Best Label
Dallas Distortion Music
Gutterth
Hand Drawn Records
Idol
Kirtland

Best Live Music Venue
Dan's Silverleaf
Granada Theater
House of Blues
Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios
The Foundry
The Kessler Theater

Best New Live Music Venue
Crown & Harp
Panther Island Pavilion
Queen City Music Hall
Three Links
Twilite Lounge

Best Talent Buyer
Ghostlight Concerts/Blackbox Presents
Parade of Flesh
Spune
Tactics Productions
The Artist Collective

Best Record Store
Bill's Records
Doc's Records and Vintage
Earnest Tubb Record Shop
Good Records
Mad World Records

Best Radio Show/Podcast
Ghost of Blind Lemon on Deep Ellum Radio
The Local Edge on 102.1 The Edge
Paul Slavens Show on 91.7 KXT
Violitionist Sessions on Violitionist.com
Parade of Flesh on Indie-Verse

Best Festival
35 Denton
Dia De Los Toadies
Gorilla Vs. Bear Fest
Homegrown Festival
Index Festival

Best Music Blog
Ayodoe: A Hip Hop, Art, Culture, and Style Blog
Central Track
Chan-Lo.com
FrontRow: A Daily Review of the Dallas Arts
Nuevos Esquemas: DFW Alt-Latino Music


*Note: Some artists have asked not to be nominated. They've been replaced.

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13 comments
jakesereno
jakesereno

I would like it to be noted that all the bands in the best cover band category are "tribute" bands. There is a difference. Just ask the Gorehounds ;)


a_concerned_local
a_concerned_local

"No one's still reading this, right?"

is that a common attitude at the observer these days?

a_concerned_local
a_concerned_local

i'm curious what leg sweeper shows there were in 2013 bc i think their last show was in 2012...

JohnnyRum
JohnnyRum

Booty Fade is not a Producer. 

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

When in doubt, always go Centromatic.

jonnnny
jonnnny

How the hell are Blackstone Rangers Americana?

r.bryantgoodall
r.bryantgoodall

Heck yeah! Three country categories... you guys nailed it! (not really, you should probably replace one of those with a Reggae category) oh and keyboardists aren't good enough to have a category either, good call.

r.bryantgoodall
r.bryantgoodall

ah, got that one... ok. but seriously... fifteen country categories?!

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