The 2013 Houston Press Music Award Nominees

Categories: HPMA

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Without fail, the Houston Press Music Awards sneak up on us. Last year, when the HPMAs returned to the dog days of summer after a one-year Thanksgiving holiday, only a few short months fell between the 2011 trophies and 2012 nomination ballot. This time it's been several months longer, but feels just as short.

Funny thing. While Rocks Off was verifying the nominees these past couple of days we used iTunes a lot, to check release dates and such. Every kind of music you can find on iTunes you can also find live in Houston music venues. We think that says something pretty great about our city.

And a lot of this music is worth saluting, which is where we come in. What you're about to read is 164 nominations across 34 categories, and it still doesn't feel like enough. Sadly, Houston is far too big for even this ballot to include everyone who deserves to be nominated, and our sincere apologies to those folks. So we have to ask... who did we leave off?

The ballot will be live tomorrow; of course we'll let you know when that happens. Congratulations to all this year's nominees.


BEST LOCAL RECORDING

  • American Fangs, American Fangs
  • Grandfather Child, Grandfather Child
  • Grievous Angels, Grievous Angels
  • The Niceguys, James Kelley
  • Oceans of Slumber, Aetherial
  • Venomous Maximus, Beg Upon the Light


BEST LOCAL SONG

  • Junior Gordon Band, "Big"
  • Cindy Pruitt, "Epiphany"
  • Qanda, "Woman of My Dreams"
  • Second Lovers, "New Mexico"
  • Trae Tha Truth feat. Future, "Screwed Up"
  • Wild Moccasins, "Gag Reflections"


BEST LOCAL MUSIC VIDEO

  • American Fangs, "Pomona"
  • Featherface, "I Saw You Dancing"
  • Junior Gordon Band, "Big"
  • The Traveling Murphys, "I'll Tell Me Ma"
  • Leah White & the Magic Mirrors, "Our Roots Are Strong"


LOCAL MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

  • Doughbeezy
  • Texas Johnny Brown
  • Junior Gordon
  • Le$
  • Libby Koch



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21 comments
roy04
roy04

Congrats to Junior Gordon and the Junior Gordon Band on their great showing in the Houston Music Award Nominations! His debut album is incredible!

RolandoC
RolandoC

Congrat's to Baby Jay for his nomination for "Best Solo Rapper"!!

jithouston
jithouston

Glad to see some of my favorites made the list but sad to see some  didn't.  Congratulations to all the nominees!

Sue Smith
Sue Smith

Please vote for Vince King as Elvis in the last category. Thankyouverymuch!

RebelYellTexan
RebelYellTexan

While I'm happy to see some new names. Some of the categories made me sad. It's weird not seeing Asli Omar, Kam Franklin, Love Dominique,or Caretta Bell listed for best female vocalist,but I guess it is what it is. Also, the lack of Featherface and NYCQ on the nominations makes me disappointed as well. Oh well. I'll end on a positive note and say congrats to the nominees. 

claymonster
claymonster

Almost as much fun as reading the nominations is the whining that inevitably follows. Big congrats to Annika Chambers, PuraPharm and the Trimms (see, easy to keep things positive. ha)

WhiteLightning
WhiteLightning

I doubt there's any blacklist, but New York City Queens are about as bland as tofu. 

jkbennett
jkbennett

@WhiteLightning Everyone is entitled to their opinion of course, but NYCQ did happen to make numerous lists of the best local music of 2012.  Joey Guerra at the Chronicle even named their album No. 1.  I  guess they just aren't your musical taste -- which is cool.  To each his own.

jenkinshouse55
jenkinshouse55

@WhiteLightning NYCQ are one of the best bands in Houston.  They must be doing something right that someone cares enough to hate on them.

dustin.kalman
dustin.kalman

@jkbennett They may have got a number of votes but obviously not a high enough number to qualify.

jenkinshouse55
jenkinshouse55

@jkbennett They are out on tour.  They're probably too busy actually being musicians to ask anyone to vote for them.

WhiteLightning
WhiteLightning

@jkbennett @WhiteLightning Joey Guerra naming their album No. 1 says all I need to know. Jeez. And in my experience, most of those lists are made up by people in their 20s who wouldn't know Lightnin' Hopkins, Gene Watson, or Roky Erickson if they were sitting at the next table. Admitedly, this is a contest primarily about young, unaccomplished bands; that's obvious after one look at the overall list.

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