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2010 Westword Music Showcase Awards wrap up

Check out the slideshow for more pics from last night.
Check out the slideshow for more pics from last night.
Kate Levy

Whoo boy! What a time we had last night. Every year, I'm always so energized after hosting the awards ceremony -- not to mention hungover (more on that in a minute). As I mentioned last night (numerous times, apparently), I'm really in love with this town, with this scene and with the gifted artists who make this the place where I want -- actually, scratch that -- where I choose to live.

You see, when I first took this job way back in 2003, the scene was dramatically different than it is now. We were hoping (praying, actually) just to have one breakout act, just one group to steal some of the national spotlight to let everyone know we exist. Now it almost feels like we've become the center of the universe, with bands going platinum, being spotlighted on Pitchfork and in the New York Times -- or not being able to collect their award because they're on tv.

And the best part, we done it all while keeping each other honest. We haven't made a practice of pulling any punches around here when it comes to criticism, and so I can likewise appreciate it when we -- or in this case, I -- get taken to task.

Case in point: In another Showcase-related post, someone called me out for being sloppy drunk as the host of the awards ceremony. In particular, he was bummed that I tripped as I stumbled my way back up to the stage after taking a short bathroom break. Guilty as charged. I should've eaten more and drank (way) less, but that's besides the point. Regardless, I owned up and apologized.

2010 Westword Music Showcase Awards wrap up
Kate Levy

Just the same, I walked away from the awards and woke up this morning feeling blessed and fortunate to have breath in my lungs, to do what I do where I do it and to be surrounded by so many good people in such a wonderful city. It was such a joy to see all the smiles on everyone's faces and to hear the gratitude and graciousness in the voices of those who won, from Ginger Perry giving it up to everyone else in her category to P-Nuckle giving props to the entire scene and doing its soccer chant one last time (after five wins, they're officially retired).

P-Nuckle is now officially retired.
P-Nuckle is now officially retired.
Kate Levy

Later today, we'll get back to the business of scrutinizing the music and art being made here, but for now, if it's okay with you, I'm just going to go ahead and be proud of those soundtracking my life -- our lives. And that includes everybody, not just the winners listed below, but all the other nominees, those who weren't nominated this year and the fans. You're what makes this scene what it is.

2010 Westword Music Showcase Winners

ROCK: The Swayback

POP: Speakeasy Tiger

INDIE ROCK: The Still City

INDIE POP: Flashbulb Fires

SHOEGAZE: Moonspeed

LO-FI/GARAGE: Get Three Coffins Ready

INDIE FOLK/ACOUSTIC: John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light

AVANT POP: Stella Luce

SINGER-SONGWRITER: Rob Drabkin

ROOTS/AMERICANA: Paper Bird

COUNTRY/ALT-COUNTRY: The Hollyfelds

PROGRESSIVE ROCK: The Skivies

MODERN/ALT ROCK: The Epilogues

HARD ROCK: Lords of Fuzz

METAL: TAUNTAUN

DEATH METAL/GRINDCORE: Zombie Hate Brigade

METALCORE: Anchorage

HARDCORE: Bankrobber

PUNK: Lola Black

POST-PUNK: Accordion Crimes

HIP-HOP BAND: Air Dubai

HIP-HOP GROUP: The Pirate Signal

HIP-HOP MC: Hypnautic

DIY/EXPERIMENTAL: Pictureplane

ELECTRONIC: Savoy

ELECTRO-POP: The Chain Gang of 1974

AVANT/ECLECTIC: Boba Fett & the Americans

JAZZ: Ron Miles

BLUES: The Informants

JAM/IMPROV: Kinetix

BLUEGRASS: Head for the Hills

FUNK: The Flash Mob

SKA/DANCEHALL: P-Nuckle

GOTHIC INDUSTRIAL: The Siren Project

WORLD: The Indulgers

REGGAE/DUB: Judge Roughneck

DJ DANCE: Brian Howe

DJ HIP-HOP: Low Key

DJ NON-TRADITIONAL: Ginger Perry

READERS CHOICE: Petals of Spain