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.
Graphics by Monica Fuentes
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
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
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
"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
"Paint the Stars," Castle Lights
"Sunshine," Clory Martin
"Future Punks," Something Fierce
Local Musician of the Year
Trae tha Truth
Best New Act
Square & Compass