The 2014 Dallas Observer Music Awards Winners

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Jason Janik
Party Static fought their way to the top of the Best New Act heap at DOMA 2014
There you have it, folks. Yet another Dallas Observer Music Awards has come and gone, and hopefully it was a memorable one. We laughed, we cried, we even had a prom. Between the crowning of our prom king and queen and the ambush performance of the End of the World Parade marching band, Tuesday night's DOMA ceremony was as over-the-top as we could manage.

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The 2014 Dallas Observer Music Awards Showcase Guide [UPDATE]

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Mike Brooks
Sealion are familiar faces on the stage of Club Dada. They'll be there again on Saturday
It's the most wonderful time of the year, isn't it? No, we're not talking about the holidays, although those are OK too. We're talking about the 26th annual Dallas Observer Music Awards, which kick off with a showcase this Saturday in Deep Ellum followed by the award ceremony and concert Tuesday, December 9, at the Granada Theater.

We're particularly excited about the lineup of bands we have this year. In years past the showcase mixed genres at each venue, but for this edition we've tried to pair similar artists as much as possible. To help you decide which acts you want to see (besides, you know, all of them), here's a rundown of every single one of the more than 60 bands playing the showcase this Saturday.

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Blue, the Misfit Is Ready to Seize the Night at the 2014 Dallas Observer Music Awards

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Mike Brooks
Blue, the Misfit in action at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin on November 7
It's late on a Thursday evening in early November, and as the setting sun fills the sky, an old gray sedan glides down Interstate 35. Tiny Texas towns whisk by: Abbot, Milford and, home of the oh-so-famous kolache heaven Czech Stop, West. Get lost scrolling through your favorite social media network and you'll miss them.

These small towns fall along the way from Dallas to Austin, where the Fun Fun Fun music festival takes place in less than 24 hours. It's also where Dallas' own Blue, the Misfit, who rides in the back seat of that gray sedan, will perform not once but twice on possibly the biggest day of his career so far.

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The Dallas Observer Music Awards Ceremony Will Be Prom-Themed and Also Ridiculous

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Ed Steele
The folks at the Granada Theater will be hosting next weeks DOMA Ceremony
In just a few more days, it all happens: The 26th annual Dallas Observer Music Awards. This coming Saturday, we'll round up more than 60 of our favorite bands from North Texas and cram them all into venues around Deep Ellum for the Chevy Music Showcase North Texas Presents the Dallas Observer Music Awards (or just the "showcase" for lazy folks). There we'll all be treated to more than eight hours of live music spread across nine different clubs, and all for $15, available still at ticketfly.com. (Price at the door will be $20.)

But we shouldn't forget that not long after that -- exactly one week from today, in fact -- comes the Awards Ceremony at Granada Theater which is, after all, the reason we have this whole awards thing. (You know, for the awards.) And we're planning on going all out for the ceremony, too.

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The 2014 Dallas Observer Music Awards Showcase Schedule

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Ed Steele
The DOMA Showcase is just a few weeks away. Time to start planning your night

Now's when the real fun begins. Voting has been open for the 2014 Dallas Observer Music Awards for just about six weeks, and we're in the home stretch. (If you haven't already voted, you'd better make your way over to musicawardspoll.dallasobserver.com and make sure your voice is heard!) The awards ceremony is set to take place at Granada Theater on Tuesday, December 9.

All that's left to sort out is who will be playing the showcase, and where. This morning we have the full showcase schedule for you, which includes more than 60 artists and runs from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday, December 6 in Deep Ellum. Time to get out your spreadsheets and start planning.


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Announcing the Dallas Observer Music Awards Ceremony

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Ed Steele
Michael Schoder and his Granada team at the 2013 DOMAs. They'll be hosting them this year.
We can't speak for everyone, but we here at DC9 at Night are getting pretty excited about this year's Dallas Observer Music Awards. Voting has been open for just shy of a month now, we've been busy booking the bands that will perform at the DOMA showcase, and the festivities themselves -- the showcase and the awards ceremony -- are quickly approaching. They're just a little less than six weeks away, in fact.

The plans for the showcase (officially the Chevy Music Showcase North Texas Presents the Dallas Observer Music Awards) have been known for a while, with tickets already on sale for the Saturday, December 6 extravaganza. But now we can add another piece of the puzzle: We're thrilled to announce that the awards ceremony will be taking place on Tuesday, December 9 at the Granada Theater.

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Tickets On Sale for the Dallas Observer Music Awards Showcase

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Mike Brooks
Yes, we'll even be using the patio at Club Dada -- IN DECEMBER

It's been a little over a week now since voting opened, so we're just going to go ahead and ask: Have you filled out your Dallas Observer Music Awards ballot yet? If yes, congratulations. You're a champ. If not, it's okay; we understand what it's like to play the long game. In fact, voting will be open all the way until the DOMA ceremony itself happens, which will be in early December.

But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, we have the serious business to tend to of the DOMA Showcase, which takes place in Deep Ellum on Saturday, December 6. (When we say serious business, we of course mean "great big party.") Today's big news: Tickets for the showcase just went on sale. So get 'em while they're hot.


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Voting for the 2014 Dallas Observer Music Awards Is Now Open

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Ed Steele
Watch out, Deep Ellum, the Dallas Observer Music Awards showcase is coming for you
Hold onto your butts, Dallas; it's that time of year again. Dallas Observer Music Awards time.

DOMA time has moved back to its latest time of year ever, but we couldn't be more excited about it. This year, our annual music awards showcase -- Chevy Music Showcase North Texas Presents the Dallas Observer Music Awards if you're not into the whole brevity thing -- takes place on Saturday, December 6 in clubs all over Deep Ellum.

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The 2013 Dallas Observer Music Award Winners

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The Granada: Best Live Music Venue. Photo by Jason Janik

As we have every year for the last quarter-century, we present the Dallas Observer Music Awards. This year, our panel of music experts and industry veterans nominated 200 artists, venues and organizations. Over 4,000 people voted on those nominees, and their selections are the 40 winners listed here.

They're a worthy bunch. Some are well-known outside North Texas, like Sarah Jaffe (whose latest exploits include singing the hook on an Eminem song and providing the soundtrack for Pixar's most recent short) and The Polyphonic Spree (whose new album reached number eight on the Billboard Album Chart, in addition to winning our Best New Release DOMA). Some of this year's winners are elder statesmen of this area's music scene: Paul Slavens, who was nominated for the very first DOMA in 1988, won a pair this year.


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A Night at Ships' Jukebox with Dallas' Best DJs

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Deb Doing Dallas
Tony Schwa and Sober at the Ships Jukebox
There is no better music snob than the DJ. I have said it before: Keep your lead singers and your emotional bass players, stick me at a table with the DJs and I am in eavesdropping heaven.

That's where I was a few days ago, when some of our Best Weekly DJ Night DOMA nominees gathered around a vinyl covered table at Ships for a jukebox showdown ahead of tonight's Awards Ceremony at House of Blues. As I put each DJ up to the challenge of $1 worth of music from a pre-curated selection at Ships, which mostly deals in pre-'70s era Soul and Country and even earlier incarnations of Rock & Roll.

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