So the 2010 Houston Press Music Awards, ceremony and showcase, have come and gone - quite recently, really - and as you're reading this, Rocks Off is probably still working on our wrap-up of the show. Or asleep, but we doubt it. We've been having a little trouble with that lately.
Anyway, we'd like to thank all of you - thousands of you - who voted this year, and especially all of you who make up the audience for Houston's teeming crop of local musicians. We're sure you may not agree with one, two, some or even many of the names on this list - it is 44 categories long, after all.
Tell us about it. Tell us why. Our name may be on these awards, but they're really yours. So let's get to it.
BEST LP/CD Devin the Dude, Suite 420
BEST EP/7" Grandfather Child, "Waiting for You"
BEST SONG Mike Stinson, "No One to Drink With"
LOCAL MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR Nick Gaitan
BEST NEW ACT Tim Qualls
BEST MALE VOCALS Lee Alexander
BEST FEMALE VOCALS Ira Perez
BEST SONGWRITER Kristine Mills
BEST ROCK The Lotus Effect
BEST PUNK Skeleton Dick
BEST INDIE ROCK Wild Moccasins
BEST PROGRESSIVE ROCK Tax the Wolf
BEST HARDCORE/NOISE Adream Asleep
BEST METAL Pinche Gringos
BEST INSTRUMENTAL/EXPERIMENTAL Two Star Symphony
BEST LATIN TRADITIONAL Mango Punch
BEST LATIN CONTEMPORARY Los Skarnales
BEST LATIN HIP-HOP Chingo Bling
BEST MAINSTREAM HIP-HOP Bun B
BEST UNDERGROUND HIP-HOP Fat Tony
BEST REGGAE/DUB Potbelly
BEST JAZZ Free Radicals
BEST R&B/FUNK/SOUL 2 Dollar Sound
BEST BLUES Little Joe Washington
BEST ZYDECO Zydeco Dots
BEST COUNTRY Robert Ellis & The Boys
BEST FOLK Flying Fish Sailors
BEST ROOTS-ROCK/AMERICANA Sideshow Tramps
BEST COVER/TRIBUTE BAND Beetle
BEST GUITARIST The Mighty Orq
BEST BASSIST Nick Gaitan, Nick Gaitan & The Umbrella Man
BEST DRUMMER Ash Hendley, World's Most Dangerous
BEST KEYBOARDS Jennifer Grassman
BEST MISCELLANEOUS INSTRUMENT Geoffrey Muller, Sideshow Tramps (musical saw/banjo)
BEST CLUB DJ GRRRL Parts
BEST PRODUCER DJ Red
BEST RADIO PERSONALITY Rod Ryan (94.5 The Buzz)
BEST RADIO STATION KPFT (90.1 FM)
BEST RADIO PROGRAM The Rod Ryan Show (KTBZ)
BEST RECORD STORE Cactus Music
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BEST LOCAL LABEL Space City Records
BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE Warehouse Live
BEST INSTRUMENT/EQUIPMENT STORE Guitar Center
BEST LOCAL TWITTER PERSONALITY (MUSIC) Slim Thug