The 2011 Houston Press Music Award Nominees

Took us long enough, right? It's been so long since we've had the Houston Press Music Awards, which were last handed out the evening of August 11, 2010, that we almost forgot we were having them.

Not really. How could we? If our numbers are correct, in the two weeks this year's nomination ballot was online, there were more than 9,000 votes spread out across this year's 43 categories. Furthermore, since there's been an extra-long time between the awards - and because there are simply a ton of local musicians out there - we expanded the number of nominees in most of the categories. Our eyes hurt.

Like we say every year (or it seems like it), what you're about to read is the most tangible testament to the diversity, breadth and sheer amount of musical talent among the Houston area's some 5 million people you can find anywhere. You may not agree on all the choices, but you can't deny our city is bursting at the seams with just about any kind of music you could care to listen to.

Rocks Off has spent most of the past two days combing through each of the categories, and consulting with our High Council to determine the final nominees - all 262 of them. Yes, we counted. We feel like we just carved a six-foot ice sculpture with a safety pin. The ballot will go online tomorrow (we'll let you know when it's up) and appear in the October 27 print edition. Let's get to it.

8:35 a.m., October 19: Updated with link to 2011 online ballot.


Robert Ellis, Photographs Trae tha Truth, Street King Sideshow Tramps, Revelator Otenki, Kinetic Los Skarnales, Dale Shine Delo, Hood Politics Vol. 2 Something Fierce, Don't Be So Cruel Literary Greats, Black Blizzard Various Artists, Honky Tonk Blood soundtrack

Best Mixtape

Preemo, The Magic Bullet UZOY, The [Def]inition Killa Kyleon, Candy Paint & Texas Plates 2 Doughbeezy, Reggie Bush & Kool-Aid Roderickvonn, I'm Almost Done Getting Ready Mr. Wired Up (Oh Boy), Inside My Mind

Best Song

"Westbound Train," Robert Ellis "Band to Save Me," thelastplaceyoulook "John the Revelator," Sideshow Tramps "Drank In My Cup," Kirko Bangz "Devil Box," Ryan Scroggins & the Trenchtown Texans "Nigga You Ain't Fat," Fat Tony "Pack It Up," UZOY "Ghosts," Otenki "Paint the Stars," Castle Lights "Sunshine," Clory Martin "Future Punks," Something Fierce

Local Musician of the Year

Trae tha Truth Kirko Bangz Robert Ellis Killa Kyleon Slim Thug Josh Wolf

Best New Act

Rivers Bang Bangz Finnegan Square & Compass Le$ Doughbeezy The Beans UZOY The Handshake

Best Male Vocals

Lee-Lonn Steve Steele Jack Freeman Nava, thelastplaceyoulook Keith Sparks, Floorbound German Hernandez, Otenki

Best Female Vocals

Yelba Heaton, Yelba Monica Matocha Clory Martin Kristine Mills Asli Omar, Tontons Kam Franklin Sara Van Buskirk

Best Songwriter

Robert Ellis Hollywood Floss Clory Martin Kevin Kendrick Nava, thelastplaceyoulook UZOY

Best Rock

Otenki thelastplaceyoulook Bayou City Outlaw Band Floorbound Roky Moon & BOLT! Steve Steele Castle Lights The Abyss

Best Indie/Alternative

Gatlin Elms Wild Moccasins Screwtape The Fox Derby The Tontons The Manichean

Best Punk/Garage

The Ballistics Skeleton Dick The Hates Something Fierce Commie Hilfiger Vivian Pikkles & the Sweethearts Uber Alles

Best Metal

Hindsight Venomous Maximus Decimation Theory Melovine Legion Omotai

Best Experimental/Noise

A Dream Asleep Good Job Underground B L A C K I E ERASETHEVIRUS Letters to Voltron Female Demand

Best Electronic Act

//TENSE// LIMB Glasnost Provision Heidi Massin

Best Solo Rapper

Trae tha Truth UZOY HasHBrown Fat Tony J-Dawg Delo Kirko Bangz Propain Bun B Z-Ro

Best Rap Group

The Niceguys Lower Life Form H.I.S.D. CB Kingz 220 Music Undergravity

Best Rap DJ

DJ Mr. Rogers iPod Ammo OG Ron C DJ Candlestick DJ Ebonix

Best Club DJ/DJ Night

GRRRL Parts Gritsy Bizonee DJ Bizz Albert Fix DJ Sun

Best Pop Artist

Monica Matocha Melissa Savcic Tim Qualls DeAndre Wright Chase Hamblin Kathryn Hallberg

Best Latin

Yelba Los Guerreros de la Musica La Sien Chango Man Dat Boi T Frankie G Da Mex

Best Jazz

Tianna Hall Kristine Mills Free Radicals Jazz Marauders Alicia Gianni Henry Darragh

Best Blues

Little Joe Washington Steve Krase & the In Crowd Texas Johnny Brown Paul Ramirez Band Trudy Lynn The Mighty Orq

Best Soul/Funk/R&B

Electric Attitude Diunna Greenleaf Ozeal Lee-Lonn The Journey Agents Jack Freeman

Best Reggae/Ska/Dub

Los Skarnales Ryan Scroggins & the Trenchtown Texans Idiginis D.R.U.M. Footpie Brains for Dinner

Best Zydeco

Zydeco Dots Bayou Roux Curtis Poullard & the Creole Zydeco Band Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws Lil' Brian & the Travelers

Best Country

Robert Ellis & the Boys Mike Stinson Dewey Wayne Brant Lee Croucher Johnny Falstaff Sean Reefer & the Resin Valley Boys

Best Folk

Libby Koch Clory Martin Harts of Oak Ancient Cat Society Hilary Sloan

Best Americana

Folk Family Revival Literary Greats The Octanes Sideshow Tramps Buxton

Best Cover/Tribute Act

Maximus Beetle The Fab 5 Gene's Addiction Bourbon Street Danneurysm

Best Guitarist

Kelly Doyle, Robert Ellis & the Boys Jeremiah Wood, Castle Lights Fausto Padilla, Otenki Ken Sarmiento The Mighty Orq

Best Bassist

Cason Sicking, Floorbound Josh Tenorio, Otenki Aaron Eaves, Castle Lights Daniel Taylor, The Beans Nick Gaitan, Umbrella Man/Octanes

Best Drummer

Scott Sparks, Floorbound Chris Kelly, Otenki Brendan Hall, The Beans Brian Shoppell, Umbrella Man/Paul Ramirez Trio Mikey Garcia, thelastplaceyoulook

Best Keyboards

Colton Majors, Otenki Jennifer Grassman St. Clair, The Journey Agents Paul Viers, Ozeal Barry Seelen

Best Miscellaneous Instrument

Sean Torres, Los Guerreros de la Musica (timbales) James Murphy, Electric Attitude (saxophone) Isaac Munoz, Ozeal (saxophone) Geoffrey Mueller, Sideshow Tramps (saw) Jonathan Lin (fiddle) Lucas Gorham, Grandfather Child (steel guitar)

Best Producer

Beans N' Kornbread Ken Sarmiento Cy Fyre Jay Snider DJ Mr. Rogers Dan Workman

Best Radio Personality

Rod Ryan, 94.5 The Buzz Optimo Ram, Local Live Radio Outlaw Dave, AM 950 A.D., 94.5 The Buzz Raven Douglas, Local Live Radio St. John Flynn, Houston Public Radio

Best Radio Station

KPFT (90.1 FM) The Buzz (94.5 FM) Local Live Radio (locallivehouston.com) The Box (97.9 FM) Hot 95.7 (95.7 FM)

Best Radio Program

The Rod Ryan Show, 94.5 The Buzz Optimo Radio, Local Live Houston The Front Row, KUHF Turnin' Headz Radio, Local Live Houston Wide Open Spaces, KPFT Lonestar Jukebox, KPFT

Best Local Label

Space City Records ZenHill Records I-10 Records Blue Bamboo Music Team Science

Best Live Music Venue

Warehouse Live House of Blues Fitzgerald's Scout Bar Continental Club

Best Record Store

Cactus Music Soundwaves Vinyl Junkie Sig's Lagoon Vinal Edge Records Black Dog Records

Best Instrument/Equipment Store

Guitar Center Rockin' Robin Fuller's Vintage Guitar Texas Music Emporium

Best Scenester

H-Kane Pedro Salazar Jessica Vickery Clint Broussard Pam Cantu Roach

Cast your vote now at the 2011 HPMA poll page.

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