HPMA 2012 Showcase

One night. 11 venues. 55 minutes.

Nominated In: Best Jazz

Local sports fans have seen Tianna Hall performing for the Astros and the Dynamos, and her dusky vocals can be heard in all the best wine dives around town. With its skill and sweetness, her voice could unman a charging bull. Hall is currently working on her second collaboration with the Mexico City Jazz Trio. JEF WITH ONE F

Second Lovers (7 p.m.)

Nominated In: Best Americana

Tiptoeing between Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline and Ryan Adams's Heartbreaker, Second Lovers' debut LP, Wishers, Dreamers & Liars (released in June), backs up all the buzz that's been building since their summer 2011 debut. With hooks and harmonies aplenty, they don't need any Mumford & Sons comparisons to surefire singles like "Daydreamer" but probably wouldn't mind. CHRIS GRAY

Caretta Bell (8 p.m.)

Nominated In: Local Musician of the Year, Best Local Music Video, Best Female Vocals, Best Soul/Funk/R&B

Caretta Bell plays with a touchscreen in the video for "Growing Painz," the first single from her EP due this month and a very Badu-like reflection on days gone by. It's a sly and sophisticated reintroduction to the Houston R&B siren, who first turned heads with her 2009 meditation on matters of the heart, Love's Eye View. CHRIS GRAY

Free Radicals (9 p.m.)

Nominated In: Best CD/LP/EP, Best Song,

Best Jazz

Multiple HPMA winners Free Radicals define the Houston jazz sound: A chaotic mixture of traditionalism and whatever other diverse influences happen to be handy. Their HPMA-nominated new album, The Freedom Fence, tackles everything from the Israeli/Palestinian conflict to the gentrification of Third Ward by incorporating both a salsa flavor and a veritable who's who of Houston's brightest like Little Joe Washington. JEF WITH ONE F
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JET LOUNGE
(late-night DJ showcase)
1515 Pease

DJ iPod Ammo (10 p.m.)

Nominated In: Best Hip-Hop DJ

For a few years, Fat Tony has stood near the crest of the local underground rap wave, bucking his chest and flaring his nostrils. Right there behind him has been DJ iPod Ammo, guiding Tony's live shows into events of wonderment with nary a mistake nor a peep. SHEA SERRANO

DJ Candlestick (10:30 p.m.)

Nominated In: Best Hip-Hop DJ

Candlestick is great for two reasons: First, he serves as the home DJ of The Niceguys, one of the most talented underground rap collectives Houston has seen in the past few years. Second, he is right-hand man to the venerable OG Ron C, pushing the chopped and screwed sound forward onto a younger generation. SHEA SERRANO

DJ Remix (11 p.m.)

Nominated In: Best Hip-Hop DJ

A mainstay in the Houston hip-hop scene, DJ Remix inhabits an open-format genre (which means he doesn't strictly stay inside the parameters of rap) most closely associated with the name Damien Randle. You might accidentally know him if you're on the Internet often. He ran www.houstonhiphop.com for years. SHEA SERRANO

GRRRL Parts (11:30 p.m.)

Nominated In: Best Club DJ/DJ Night

If any club DJ act in Houston needs no introduction, it's the duo of Gab-E and Natasha Ninjason. In four years they have established themselves firmly as the No. 1 party spinners in town, with two HPMA wins behind them already. A third would prove once and for all you don't need man parts to fill a dance floor. JEF WITH ONE F

Rudebwoyz (12 a.m.)

Nominated In: Best Electronic Act

Closing out the HPMA afterparty is Rude­bwoyz, the bass-dropping duo of MC Buda Love and DJ Sinik. Buda studied under Texas DUB founder ­Badbwoy BMC and quickly earned a rep as an elite MC among the local dubstep scene, his husky flow and ostentatious rhymes swimming in Sinik's rim-shattering bass. CHRIS GRAY

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edhowert
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Nine Minutes won't be playing the HPA showcase (we still hope to win in the category of Best Punk/Hardcore/Garage category--you can vote for us here: http://polls.houstonpress.com/polls/hou/musicawardsballot2012/) but you can see us play the day before, August 4th as part of the Houston SunBurn! We play the main Engine Room stage at 9:30 p.m. Maybe other hardcore bands will have you banging your heads at 70 mph; Nine Minutes tops out the speedometer! http://www.facebook.com/events/395532877171503/

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