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The 2014 Houston Press Music Award Nominees

The 2014 Houston Press Music Award Nominees
Graphics by Monica Fuentes

You've been wondering, and asking us, and lately offering up a few social-media suggestions. But it's time. Apologies for the delay, but the 2014 Houston Press Music Award nominations are at hand.

What took so long? To draw up the ballot this year, we consulted about two dozen individuals from all corners of the scene. They're all intensely connected to local music; many of them make it their livelihoods. Of course there were some tough calls, but overall we think this patchwork approach has produced about an accurate reflection of the past year's award-worthy achievements that a scene as sprawling as Houston's is likely to see.

We certainly hope so, but this isn't over quite yet either. We've still got one more wrinkle in store, but all in good time. Good luck to all the nominees; you're all winners in our eyes by not moving to Austin or further elsewhere. Voting is now open (and will stay open until July 31st at 11:59 p.m. but why wait?) , and you can do so at the link below:

The 2014 Houston Press Music Award Nominees

The 2014 Houston Press Music Award Nominees

BEST LOCAL RECORDING

  • Abstract Desires, BLSHS
  • Footprints On the Moon, Doughbeezy
  • The Spirit Speaks, Jones Family Singers
  • Wild Desperation, B.E. Godfrey
  • Find What You Love and Let It Kill You, Linus Pauling Quartet
  • Royal Oak Blues Cafe, Trudy Lynn
  • The Champ, Ragged Hearts
  • Hell and Half of Georgia, Mike Stinson
  • Make Out King and Other Stories of Love, The Tontons
  • 88-92, Wild Moccasins

BEST LOCAL SONG

  • "The Box I Take to Work," Mike Stinson
  • "Emergency Broadcast," Wild Moccasins
  • "I'm From Texas," Doughbeezy
  • "Gwan," The Suffers
  • "If I Fall," BLSHS

BEST LOCAL MUSIC VIDEO

  • "The Cosmic Draw," Featherface
  • "Gag Reflections," Wild Moccasins
  • "Gwan," The Suffers
  • "I'm Alive," Z-Ro
  • "The Ninth Level," Two Star Symphony

LOCAL MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

  • Doughbeezy
  • Kam Franklin (The Suffers)
  • Nick Gaitan
  • B.E. Godfrey
  • Nick Greer
  • Chase Hamblin
  • Asli Omar (The Tontons)
  • Mike Stinson

BEST NEW ACT

  • Big Gerb
  • BLSHS
  • Catch Fever
  • Children of Pop
  • The Dead Links
  • De'Wayne Jackson
  • Satellite d'Homme

BEST SONGWRITER

  • B.E. Godfrey
  • Steven Higginbotham (The Wheel Workers)
  • K-Rino
  • Mike Stinson
  • Sergio Trevino (Buxton)
  • Nick & Alex Zamora (The Suffers)

BEST PRODUCER

  • Steve Christensen
  • Donnie Houston
  • Rock Romano
  • Jack Saunders
  • Trakksounds
  • Dan Workman

More nominees on the next page.

 

The 2014 Houston Press Music Award Nominees

BEST MALE VOCALS

  • Jack Freeman
  • B.E. Godfrey
  • Lee-Lonn
  • Sergio Trevino (Buxton)
  • Dillon Trimm (The Trimms)

BEST FEMALE VOCALS

  • Kam Franklin (The Suffers)
  • Zahira Gutierrez (Wild Moccasins)
  • Michelle Miers (BLSHS)
  • Asli Omar (Tontons)

BEST GUITARIST

  • Kelly Doyle
  • Andrew Lee (Wild Moccasins)
  • Adam Martinez (Tontons)
  • Dillon Trimm (The Trimms)
  • Jason Willis (Buxton)

BEST BASSIST

  • Nick Gaitan (Umbrella Man)
  • Bob Lane (Another Run)
  • Mark Riddell (Mike Stinson Band)
  • Chad Smalley (Blaggards)
  • Chris Wise (Buxton)

BEST DRUMMER

  • Gabe Bravo (The Trimms)
  • John Baldwin (Wild Moccasins)
  • Justin Terrell (Buxton)
  • Justin Martinez (The Tontons)
  • Nick Zamora (The Suffers)

BEST KEYBOARDIST

  • David DeLaGarza (La Mafia/Kosmic Latte)
  • Nick Greer (Nick Greer & the G's)
  • Jeremy Nuncio (Chase Hamblin & the Roustabouts)
  • Allison W. McPhail (Wheel Workers)

BEST MISC./OTHER INSTRUMENT

  • Jon Durbin (trumpet)
  • Geoffrey Muller (banjo, etc.)
  • Roberto Rodriguez (accordion)
  • Two Star Symphony (strings)

More nominees on the next page.

 

The 2014 Houston Press Music Award Nominees

BEST SOLO RAPPER

  • Devin the Dude
  • Doughbeezy
  • Fat Tony
  • Perseph One
  • Propain
  • Roosh Williams

BEST RAP GROUP

  • All Day
  • Dirty & Nasty
  • The Outfit, TX
  • Twenty Eleven
  • Undergravity

BEST RAP DJ

  • DJ Candlestick
  • DJ Good Grief
  • DJ iPod Ammo
  • DJ Mr. Rogers

BEST CLUB DJ/DJ NIGHT

  • A Fistful of Soul
  • Gracie Chavez
  • DJ Hi-C
  • DJ Sun
  • Kinda Super Disco

BEST POP ACT

  • Deep Cvts
  • Chase Hamblin & the Roustabouts
  • The Tontons
  • Wild Moccasins
  • The Wheel Workers

BEST LATIN ACT

  • Los Guerreros de la Musica
  • La Mafia
  • Los Pistoleros de Tejas
  • La Sien
  • Los Skarnales
  • Zenteno Spirit

BEST JAZZ ACT

  • Bryan Anthony & the Gentleman's Club
  • Damon Choice
  • Core Trio
  • Free Radicals
  • Jazz Technics
  • Witt/Wheeler/LoCascio Quintet

BEST BLUES ACT

  • Diunna Greenleaf
  • Steve Krase & the In Crowd
  • Trudy Lynn
  • The Mighty Orq
  • Paul Ramirez Band
  • Little Joe Washington

More nominees on the next page.

 

The 2014 Houston Press Music Award Nominees

BEST SOUL/FUNK/R&B ACT

  • Electric Attitude
  • Jack Freeman
  • Nick Greer & the G's
  • Lee-Lonn
  • Jones Family Singers
  • The Suffers

BEST REGGAE/SKA/DUB ACT

  • Brains For Dinner
  • Cassette Tape
  • Idiginis
  • The Suspects

BEST ZYDECO ACT

  • C.J. Chenier
  • Keyun Dickson
  • Brian Jack & the Zydeco Gamblers
  • J. Paul Jr. & the Zydeco Nu-Breeds
  • Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws
  • Zydeco Dots

BEST COUNTRY ACT

  • Folk Family Revival
  • Cody Johnson Band
  • Miss Leslie
  • Mike Stinson
  • Justin Van Sant

BEST FOLK/AMERICANA ACT

  • Buxton
  • Finnegan
  • Craig Kinsey
  • Second Lovers
  • Wandering Bufaleros

BEST TRADITIONAL ROCK ACT

  • The Caldwell
  • Knights of the Fire Kingdom
  • Ragged Hearts
  • The Trimms
  • Young Mammals

More nominees on the next page.

 

The 2014 Houston Press Music Award Nominees

BEST MODERN/ALTERNATIVE ROCK ACT

  • American Fangs
  • Another Run
  • The Dead Links
  • Hoofprints
  • Jealous Creatures
  • Thelastplaceyoulook

BEST GARAGE/PUNK/HARDCORE ACT

  • Back to Back
  • Days & Daze
  • The Hates
  • Mikey & the Drags
  • Modfag

BEST METAL ACT

  • Linus Pauling Quartet
  • Omotai
  • Scale the Summit
  • Venomous Maximus
  • We Were Wolves

BEST EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE ACT

  • B L A C K I E
  • Giant Battle Monster
  • Illicit Relationship
  • P.L.X.T.X.
  • Rusted Shut

BEST ELECTRONIC ACT

  • BLSHS
  • Children of Pop
  • FLCON FCKER
  • Josiah Gabriel
  • MAKE
  • Wrestlers (formerly Bagheera)

BEST COVER/TRIBUTE ACT

  • Beetle
  • The Fab 5
  • Picture Book
  • Thrill
  • Toology

Now that you know who you can vote for, you might as well go vote now!

Voting ends July 31 at 11:59 p.m.

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