Texas Buzz: 94.5 FM Hands Out 2011 Local Music Awards
The voting members of the Texas Buzz have spoken, and we have the results.
Photo by groovehouse thelastplaceyoulook
For those unfamiliar with the showcase, Houston's 94.5 The Buzz gives the spotlight to local artists Sunday evenings beginning at 9 p.m., and the program is called The Texas Buzz. Concurrently, Scout Bar in Clear Lake hosts a free show, showcasing many of the artists who are getting airplay. The show is always free, and it happens every week.
If you ever find yourself with nothing to do on a Sunday night, we suggest you make a trip down to Scout Bar in Clear Lake for a night of entertainment. The drive really isn't that bad, especially in the evenings when traffic has cleared. And though we've mentioned it before, it warrants repeating: You can smoke inside.
New and old names fill this year's list of winners. The ever-present From Guts to Glory came away with a win, the hardworking metal enthusiasts in Born From Ruins did too (though we would hardly call them an indie band), and thelastplaceyoulook finished 2011 with a win as well. It's been quite the year (perhaps the best yet) for tlpyl who, in the past two months, have played Buzz Fest, opened for Chevelle and won a few of our own music awards, too.
"It's been pretty crazy," drummer Mikey Garcia said. "Hopefully next year will be even more crazy."
Here's a list of the winners.
Band of the Year - thelastplaceyoulook
Best Live Performance - Saturate
Rock Band of the Year - From Guts to Glory
Best New Band - Lost Element
Best Punk/Hardcore/Indie Band - Born From Ruins
Metal Band of the Year - Downfall 2012
Best Alternative Band - Adelaine
Best Vocalist - Dustin Condon of Rain Child
Best Drummer - Casey Bowen of Downfall 2012
Best Bass Guitarist - Brett Cardiff - IDR/South
Best Guitarist - Tim Huston of The Hunger/Another Day