Rocks Off is about to take the first steps down the long and winding road to this year's Houston Press Music Awards in late July, but we'd like our readers' help with something first. We will be revising the list of categories soon, but we'd also like to hear how you'd like to see them revised. That doesn't mean we're going to do it, necessarily, but we will certainly take it into consideration. Which, if any, categories should be added? Dropped? Split? Should we add something like "Best Local Twitter Personality (Music)" to go along with the more traditional media like Best Radio Station and Best Local Label? Doesn't sound like a bad idea to us. A while back, local DJ/producer DJ Red emailed us to suggest we add a "Best Electronic Producer" to the list. What do you guys think? A complete list of last year's categories is after the jump. How else can we improve them to better reflect the local music scene? You'll be the ones voting on them, after all, so please let us know. We'd rather you leave a comment so others can see what you think, but if you must you can email us too. Best CD/LP Best EP/7" Best Local Song Best New Act Best Songwriter Local Musician of the Year Best Bassist Best Drummer Best Keyboards Best Miscellaneous Instrument Best Male Vocalist Best Female Vocalist Best Rock Best Blues Best R&B/Funk/Soul Best Zydeco Best World Music Best Jazz Best DJ Best DJ Night Best Metal Best Punk Best Indie-Rock Best Hardcore/Noise Best Instrumental/Experimental Best Mainstream Hip-Hop Best Underground Hip-Hop Best Latin Traditional Best Latin Contemporary Best Cover/Tribute Best Country Best Folk Best Roots-Rock/Americana Best New Club Best Live Music Venue Best Record Store Best Instrument/Equipment Store Best Radio Station Best Radio Program (Music) Best Local Label
Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.