The 2011 Houston Press Music Award Nominees

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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.

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Best LP/CD/EP

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



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55 comments
Has Anybody Seen My Dog
Has Anybody Seen My Dog

.houstonpress.com/polls/hou/musicawards2012/ Make sure you speak up for your favorite artists!!!! The nominations run through Thursday, June 14.

BreazyB
BreazyB

Y'all need to check out Hunter McKithan & The Offenders for southern rock/country. Local boys out of Manvel, TX with only the lead guitarist being a non-local (but is Victoria/Edna really that far away?). They call Houston home, though. They're sound is pretty hard to nail down; they've played at Scout Bar and Fitgerald's but also at Firehouse Saloon and Cash County Line. Good sound and smart lyrics from a local band, while many other so-called "country/TX country artists" are just copy cats of those at the top of the charts. Not the best videos on YouTube but check 'em out and look for local shows! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Dizzybootz
Dizzybootz

I'm sorry to not see THE BURNS on here.. they are a pretty intense 3 piece rock band.. One of my all-time favorite guitar players, Simon Rynolds, also sings, Lencho from the FLAMING HELLCATS on bass and STEVEN TAYLOR on drums.. Go see them sometime.. They should be nominated for best something at least..

Keith Sparks
Keith Sparks

Thanks for everyone that nominated Floorbound onto the Ballot, we are super excited to have made it. For anyone who's been out and about and possibly not seen or heard of us, for a limited time we're allowing free downloads of our track "Only The Lonely" at www.facebook.com/floorbound on the band page tab. You don't even have to be signed in to download it. Thanks again, and good luck to eveyone!

Aguilar-23
Aguilar-23

Some lame ass choices! Who da hell voted? Senior citizens and nuthin but women? SMH!

chase
chase

Hey guys, is it true you can vote once a day? If so, what is the point of that? Seems like that would just lead to vote abuse.

Concerned Fan
Concerned Fan

Pretty ridiculous when Texas Buzz Band of The Year From Guts To Glory doesn't get nominatd when it's played 2 near sold out HOB shows and Bayou Fest among a few other shows this year. Haven't even heard of a couple bands on there. Hpress is ridiculous.

Dan_Stintson
Dan_Stintson

For the most part HP again proves that they have no clue or coverage of local music. Barely know 2-3 bands on there.

Freddyb25
Freddyb25

This why I pass this paper  up all the time, especially the HP here in Downtown, NNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXTTTT!!!!

Carla
Carla

Is Ozeal playing on Nov. 12th??? I wanna see him:)))

GAC
GAC

What-a-load-of crap. I'm out and about ....ALOT! and have never heard of half these people. How can you get nominated, for example, best electronic act and have never graced the stages here in Houston at least. I would know and I don't know who these people are or where they perform at. Maybe Im wrong and there is this obscure weird place....THAT NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT...that hosts these artist to play. There are other things I could of course mention about this but wont.

april5k
april5k

If you're between voting for Something Fierce or Vivian Pikkles, please vote for Something Fierce, they deserve it way more than us, and I'd hate to see the vote split (like that would happen), and have one of the other bands win a category with "garage" in the name, for real.

no thank you
no thank you

WHOA major snub for 103.7. All these nominations for the buzz... REALLY?!

Pink Mama
Pink Mama

Very disappointed that the King of Rock & Roll, Elvis Presley, is not represented in the Tribute category -- Vince King is the ETA who should be listed there!  And you missed out on drawing his many fans to the awards show!  

Electric Attitude
Electric Attitude

Hey HP, Electric Attitude is excited to be on the ballot this year! Our sax player, James Murphy, is also nominated in the Miscellaneous Instrument category, so if you could put the band name next to his to help people know who they are voting for that would be great, thanks!

mess
mess

One of the members of Melovine was begging for votes on a guitar message board.  I would discount all votes for them because you dont know which ones are from locals that have heard all the bands.

crtz
crtz

how the hell you dont have Happy perez in there he had the number 1 record Miguel Sure thang and he from houston and live in houston you people are a joke with these awards and it show you do know research who popular on twitter lol 

Teddyiten
Teddyiten

I-10 Records should win best Local Label

Dara-Doo
Dara-Doo

Next year, I hope HP spares us the pointless nominations period and just makes a ballot with same artist who's dicks they've been sucking all year anyway. Don't make people feel like they have a chance if you are gonna go ahead do the same mundane bullshit you always do. This city is full of talent BUT if you leave it to HP the people will never know....xoxoxoxo (cause hugs and kisses make everything better,right)

furioso ateo
furioso ateo

If Fitzgerald's doesn't win best Venue, then you can all go and get fucked.

Justice Tirapelli-Jamail
Justice Tirapelli-Jamail

Are you saying that women and the elderly have poor taste in music? You're revving up for a bigoty battle there, aren't you?

Craig Hlavaty
Craig Hlavaty

How on God's blue planet is that an indictment of the paper and not yourself for not venturing out and discovering things for yourself?

april5k
april5k

Go up a few post and read John Gray's comment. I really don't know where these folks are coming from that haven't heard of these bands. I mean, they were open nominations, obviously enough people have heard of them to get them nominated...

John Seaborn Gray
John Seaborn Gray

If you really haven't heard of any of these artists, then you are not, in fact, "out and about a lot." Please stop turning our comments section into a HOUSE OF LIES.

Marc Brubaker
Marc Brubaker

Then maybe you should have nominated someone.

Amy Shields
Amy Shields

How is that a major snub for 103.7 if the people voted for who they wanted nominated? Just means that more people voted for other stations.

Acefox88
Acefox88

Agreed. The guitarist from Melovine would suck a cock for a vote. Everyone should just vote for Decimation Theory.

mbkeever
mbkeever

So was it you or one of your friends who didn't make the ballot?

Because this comment sounds personal.

John Seaborn Gray
John Seaborn Gray

Who did Rocks Off leave off that you wanted to see nominated? Just curious.

Sahm-Nambulist
Sahm-Nambulist

Like the Chronicle or FPH cover half the depth and breadth that HPress does? You gotta be kidding. Grab a clue maybe.

Marco Torres
Marco Torres

for someone who is a  "good girl. Loves her Momma. Loves Jesus and America too" , you sure do have a potty mouth!

H_e_x
H_e_x

Have they learned how to pour drinks yet? Or to serve other people besides their friends?

Weinerface
Weinerface

obviously never been to Continental Club or Rudyards

Electric Attitude
Electric Attitude

Hey thanks guys! Saw that it's changed on here, but still missing on the official ballot. Whenever you get a chance to update that one too we would appreciate it, thanks!

Wyatt
Wyatt

THIS. I'm not saying prices are better at other venues - they're not - but the pours at Fitzgerald's are offensively weak. It's a fucking joke, ordering a mixed drink there.

furioso ateo
furioso ateo

You're kidding me right? Because the drinking situation is so much better at Warehouse Live where you're paying $4 for a goddamn Lone Star. Or at House of Blues where the prices are equally high. Anyway, since when is Best Venue about the drinks? I thought it was about the music. If you wanted to vote for best bar, I think you missed your chance because they already released the Best of Houston issue a few weeks ago.

furioso ateo
furioso ateo

I like to go to both those places, when, you know, they actually host shows I'm interested in going to. And anyway Rudyard's isn't even on the ballot! I like Continental Club, but it seems like the average concert goer is a good 10 or 20 years older than me.

H_e_x
H_e_x

God damn, what we are saying is that we are looking for a total experience. I don't expect great drink deals or anything, but how fucking hard is it to pour a drink?And maybe, just maybe, we share different definitions on what constitutes a great venue. I know it sounds crazy, but there are some people out there who might disagree with you.

H_e_x
H_e_x

I just stick to beer there. You could order mixed drinks all night there and never get a buzz.

furioso ateo
furioso ateo

If you want a good pour go to Warren's. Who the hell goes to Fitzgerald's for the drinks? It's surrounded by like five other places that make for better drinking holes. The category is for best Venue, not best Bar.

H_e_x
H_e_x

I don't have a favorite :/

H_e_x
H_e_x

Don't get me wrong, I like the place. I've been going to it for god knows how many years. 

furioso ateo
furioso ateo

I've never been to Scout Bar, so I can't speak for it, but the other ones lack a good feel for me. Warehouse has no "feel" at all, it's just an overpriced warehouse with meh sound. I'll admit to being against HoB kind of on principle, I don't like that a chain venue is taking money out of local promoters and venues. And the crowd at Continental Club always seems to be 30s to 50s, just too old for me. I feel like Fitzgerald's is doing the most work trying to put Houston back into contention for indie touring destination. To my mind it's in the same tradition as lost venues like Fat Cat's.

H_e_x
H_e_x

I think it's an overall feel. 

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