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2012 Houston Press Music Award Winners

Size matters.

Like everything else about this city, the size of the Houston music scene can sneak up on you. It always seems so far-flung and diffuse most of the year, because our performers and venues are spread out across some 700 square miles.

But then Music Awards time rolls around and suddenly a lot of them (more than 50) are playing practically right on top of each other at our Houston Press Music Awards showcase, which took place this past weekend at 11 downtown venues. Then you can get a somewhat clearer picture of the depth and diversity we really have here. Take just a moment to appreciate that.

What we have below is the list of 2012 Houston Press Music Award winners in 41 categories, as voted on by Houston Press readers and announced August 8 at our Warehouse Live ceremony. Take just a moment to appreciate them, too.

The Suffers at Lucky's Pub.
Marco Torres
The Suffers at Lucky's Pub.
Nathan Quick at Ben's Beans.
Marco Torres
Nathan Quick at Ben's Beans.
the Trimms at Lucky's.
Barry Sigman
the Trimms at Lucky's.

BEST LP/CD/EP: Free Radicals, The Freedom Fence

BEST MIXTAPE: One Hunnidt, #keepit100

BEST SONG: Free Radicals, "Ben Taub Blues"

BEST LOCAL MUSIC VIDEO: H.I.S.D., "Rockit Man"

LOCAL MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR: Robert Ellis

BEST NEW ACT: The Suffers

BEST MALE VOCALS: Chase Hamblin

BEST FEMALE VOCALS: Kam Franklin, The Suffers

BEST SONGWRITER: Nathan Quick

BEST POP ARTIST: Chase Hamblin

BEST ROCK: The Trimms

BEST MODERN ROCK: Another Run

BEST GARAGE/PUNK/HARDCORE: Skeleton Dick

BEST METAL: Venomous Maximus

BEST EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE: B L A C K I E

BEST ELECTRONIC ACT: FLCON FCKER

BEST SOLO RAPPER: Onehunnidt

BEST RAP GROUP: The Niceguys

BEST RAP DJ: DJ Candlestick

BEST CLUB DJ/DJ NIGHT: Skeezer

BEST LATIN ARTIST: Los Skarnales

BEST JAZZ: Free Radicals

BEST BLUES: The Mighty Orq

BEST SOUL/FUNK/R&B: Electric Attitude

BEST REGGAE/SKA/DUB: The Suffers

BEST ZYDECO: Zydeco Dots

BEST COUNTRY: Justin Van Sant

BEST FOLK: Kevin Kendrick

BEST AMERICANA: Nathan Quick

BEST COVER/TRIBUTE ACT: The Fab 5

BEST GUITARIST: James Henry, Steve Krase & the In Crowd

BEST BASSIST: Spare Time Murray, Steve Krase & the In Crowd/H-Town Jukes

BEST DRUMMER: Gabe Bravo, the Trimms

BEST OTHER INSTRUMENT: Niki Sims, ­saxophone/clarinet

BEST PRODUCER: Josiah Gabriel

BEST RADIO STATION: Local Live Houston

BEST RADIO PROGRAM: The Rod Ryan Show, 94.5 The Buzz

BEST LOCAL LABEL: Space City Records

BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE: Fitzgerald's

BEST RECORD STORE: Cactus Music

BEST INSTRUMENT/EQUIPMENT STORE: Rockin' Robin

 
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