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The 2013 Westword Music Showcase ballot

The 2013 Westword Music Showcase ballot

Update 6/24/13: The poll is now closed. Thanks for voting!

Update 3/21/13: The poll is now open. Let the voting begin!

The road to the nineteenth annual edition of the Westword Music Showcase is officially being paved. While we've already announced some of the acts appearing on the Main Stage this year, below are the acts appearing on this year's Showcase ballot. With input from folks active in various facets of the scene (readers, bar owners, talent buyers, bloggers, critics, radio personalities and promoters), we've assembled an exhaustive list of the city's top acts in nearly forty categories. It's a veritable tip sheet of the best and brightest from our scene.

See also:

- Westword Music Showcase initial acts revealed

- Buy tickets to the nineteenth annual Westword Music Showcase on 6/22/13

- The People of 2012 Westword Music Showcase

Putting together the Westword Music Showcase ballot every year is an arduous but ultimately rewarding process. When we poll our committee members, aside from laying out some requisites (we ask them to abstain from nominating any acts that they are personally affiliated with, have a business relationship with, or are in any other way associated with, and advise that any such nominations are disregarded along with the rest of their ballot), we have a very specific request for them to consider when making their nominations. Rather than merely listing the acts that have name recognition, we ask them to point out the ones that left the biggest impression on them over the past year.

"Think about it like this," we say. "If you had one chance to introduce a group of influential tastemakers from across the country to the absolute best music our city has to offer, what are the acts you'd list? Or like this: If you could take casual music fans on a personally guided tour of our scene and leave them with a lasting impression of the absolute best music this town has to offer, which acts would you highlight? Which ones instantly come to mind? That's what we're looking for -- those acts."

We then weighed their informed opinions against our own. The result? The ballot below. And now that we know which acts are on our ballot, we're going to set about putting together the lineup, which we'll post in the next month or so. In the meantime, here are the nominees for the very best musical acts in town. In a few days, when the polls open, you'll have a chance to vote for your favorites -- and if you don't see your favorite act represented, there's a blank line in each category, where you can write them in.

The 2013 Westword Music Showcase ballot

2013 WESTWORD MUSIC SHOWCASE BALLOT


Important: if your act is listed on the following pages, please send us your contact info (name, phone number, email and physical addresses) as soon as possible so that we can make sure we have your current contact information and ensure you're included in our Showcase coverage this year.


POP - TRADITIONAL

Eldren

Flashbulb Fires

Foxfield Four

PLACES

Rachel & the Kings

Regret Night

Tyler Ward

You Me & Apollo

POP - ALTERNATIVE

Chemistry Club

The Epilogues

Monroe Monroe

My Body Sings Electric

Petals of Spain

The Royal

Take to the Oars

Vices I Admire

POP - INDIE

Fingers of the Sun

The Haircut

The Jekylls

Esme Patterson

Sauna

Vitamins

ROCK - TRADITIONAL

The Big Motif

Calder's Revolvers

The Congress

Fox Street All Stars

The Foot.

Kinetix

Musketeer Gripweed

Something Underground

ROCK - ALTERNATIVE

Bad Weather California

Dragondeer

In the Whale

The Knew

The Outfit

The Swayback

ROCK - INDIE

A Mouthful of Thunder

Achille Lauro

Ending People

FaceMan

Fierce Bad Rabbit

Hearts in Space

Hindershot

Instant Empire

The Kissing Party

Land Lines

The Morning Clouds

School Knights

Shady Elders

Snake Rattle Rattle Snake

Tjutjuna

Twin Peaks


Continue on to see the other acts on this year's ballot

The 2013 Westword Music Showcase ballot

2013 WESTWORD MUSIC SHOWCASE BALLOT


Important: if your act is listed on the following pages, please send us your contact info (name, phone number, email and physical addresses) as soon as possible, so that we can make sure we have your current contact information and ensure you're included in our Showcase coverage this year.


ROCK - GARAGE

Thee Dang Dangs

The Blue Rider

The Dirty Few

The Manxx

The Omens

ROCK - HEAVY

The Blackouts

Il Cattivo

Lola Black

MF Ruckus

Warhawk

Zebroids

ROCK - PROGRESSIVE

Confluence

El Toro de La Muerte

I Sank Molly Brown

PANAL S.A. DE C.V.

Rubedo

Yerkish

ROCK - ROOTS

4H Royalty

Arliss Nancy

Carmelita's Lovers

The Gromet

Mosey West

The Parlor Pickers

Strange Americans

Thief River

Tin Horn Prayer

ROCK - JAM/IMPROV

Technicolor Tone Factory

Frogs Gone Fishing

Jet Edison

The Magic Beans

Smack Thompson

Whiskey Tango

Wonderlic

Yamn


Continue on to see the other acts on this year's ballot

The 2013 Westword Music Showcase ballot

2013 WESTWORD MUSIC SHOWCASE BALLOT


Important: if your act is listed on the following pages, please send us your contact info (name, phone number, email and physical addresses) as soon as possible, so that we can make sure we have your current contact information and ensure you're included in our Showcase coverage this year.


HIP-HOP - MC (MALE)

Anxious

Cavem Moetavation

Myke Charles

Extra Kool

H*Wood

Hypnautic

Input

Innerstate Ike

Kid Vegas

Mr. Midas

Molina Speaks

Pries

Quiz

Trev Rich

Sole

SP Double

Spoke in Wordz

Time

Turner Jackson

Whygee

HIP-HOP - MC (FEMALE)

Bianca Mikhan

Kitty Crimes

Koo Qua

Lady Speech

Qbala

Xencs L. Wing

HIP-HOP - GROUP

2MX2

American Trash Republic

BLKHRTS

Black Mask

Cobraconda

Diamond Boiz

Fresh Breath Committee

Prime Element

The ReMINDers

Stay Tuned

Two Fresh

Wheelchair Sports Camp

HIP-HOP - BAND

Beats Noir

BigWheel Electrosoul

Broken Tongues

Filthy T

Foodchain

MTHDS

No 1 Left Standing

Whiskey Blanket

HIP-HOP - PRODUCER

Yonnas Abraham

Big J Beats

Boonie Mayfield

Es Nine

Gyp Dahip

Kid Hum

Mass Prod

Qnox

Shae Money


Continue on to see the other acts on this year's ballot

The 2013 Westword Music Showcase ballot

2013 WESTWORD MUSIC SHOWCASE BALLOT


Important: if your act is listed on the following pages, please send us your contact info (name, phone number, email and physical addresses) as soon as possible, so that we can make sure we have your current contact information and ensure you're included in our Showcase coverage this year.


PUNK

The A-OKs

Allout Helter

Bad Engrish

Boldtype

Dead Ringer

Elway

Frontside Five

The Gamits

King Rat

Pitch Invasion

Potato Pirates

Red Stinger

Reno Divorce

Synthetic Elements

POST-PUNK

Accordion Crimes

Drunken Arrows

Force Publique

Glass Homes

Glass Hits

Joy Subtraction

The Photo Atlas

Wire Faces

HARDCORE

Asylum

Before We're Done

Burial Plot

Git Some

Of Feather and Bone

Orphans

METAL

Allegaeon

Arcanium

Black Acid Devil

Call of the Void

In the Company of Serpents

Havok

Iconocaust

IAMTHESHOTGUN

Immortal Dominion

Kill Syndicate

Kitzeh

Kingdom of Magic

Native Daughters

Speedwolf

Switchpin

METAL - EXTREME

Cephalic Carnage

Dissonance in Design

Enemy Reign

Vale of Pnath

Vimana


Continue on to see the other acts on this year's ballot

The 2013 Westword Music Showcase ballot

2013 WESTWORD MUSIC SHOWCASE BALLOT


Important: if your act is listed on the following pages, please send us your contact info (name, phone number, email and physical addresses) as soon as possible, so that we can make sure we have your current contact information and ensure you're included in our Showcase coverage this year.


AMERICANA

Elephant Revival

Grant Farm

Kristina Murray & Two Hearted Jones

The Railsplitters

Rocktin Grove

AVANT-POP

A. Tom Collins

Champagne Charlie

Chimney Choir

Ian Cooke

James and the Devil

The Raven and the Writing Desk

The Widow's Bane

FOLK

Dovekins

Glowing House

I'm With Her

Mariposa

Paper Bird

Poet's Row

Princess Music

Safe Boating Is No Accident

Shel

Yawpers

BLUEGRASS

Good Gravy

Finnders & Youngberg

Head for the Hills

Long Road Home

SINGER-SONGWRITER

Danielle Ate the Sandwich

Patrick Dethlefs

Rob Drabkin

Reed Foehl

Lizzie Huffman

John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light

Mike Marchant

Joshua Novak

Anthony Ruptak

Joe Sampson

Caleb Slade

COUNTRY

Bonnie & the Clydes

Casey James Prestwood & the Burning Angels

Ethyl & the Regulars

Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams

Marty Jones & the Great Unknowns

New Ben Franklins


Continue on to see the other acts on this year's ballot

The 2013 Westword Music Showcase ballot

2013 WESTWORD MUSIC SHOWCASE BALLOT


Important: if your act is listed on the following pages, please send us your contact info (name, phone number, email and physical addresses) as soon as possible, so that we can make sure we have your current contact information and ensure you're included in our Showcase coverage this year.


ELECTRONIC

Eminence Ensemble

Human Agency

Juno What?!

Octopus Nebula

Project Aspect

Signal Path

ELECTRONIC - EXPERIMENTAL

ALERT

CacheFlowe

Hollagramz

Ieungliss

Kevin Costner Suicide Pact

Men in Burka

Tollund Men

ELECTRONIC - POP

Flashlights

option4

South of France

ManCub

Roniit

JAZZ

Ron Miles

Go Star

Greg Harris Vibe Quintet

Greg Garrison

Matt Skellenger

Convergence

SHIRLEY

Jon Wirtz

BLUES

The Austin Young Band

Dan Treanor's Afrosippi Band

The Delta Sonics

Willie Houston

The Lionel Young Band

Eddie Turner


Continue on to see the other acts on this year's ballot

The 2013 Westword Music Showcase ballot

2013 WESTWORD MUSIC SHOWCASE BALLOT


Important: if your act is listed on the following pages, please send us your contact info (name, phone number, email and physical addresses) as soon as possible, so that we can make sure we have your current contact information and ensure you're included in our Showcase coverage this year.


FUNK/SOUL/R&B

Devan Blake Jones

Bop Skizzum

Demon Funkies

Filthy Children

Funkiphino

Amanda Hawkins

Ten Pound Elephant

The Love Royale

REGGAE/DUB

Apex Vibe

Coral Thief

The Dendrites

Desciples

Dubskin

Judge Roughneck

SlaughterHouse Rootz

Tatanka

WORLD

Atomga

Euforquestra

The Indulgers

Izcalli

Potcheen

Quemando

Trichome

DJ - EDM

Dragon

Coult-45

Hipp-E

Ishe

Vinnie Maniscalco

Raw Russ

Robotic Pirate Monkey

John Templeton

DJ - Hip-Hop

Brik-A-Brak

Cysko Rokwel

DJ Ktone

DJ Lazy Eyez

DJ Low Key

DeeJay Tense

DJ Top Shelf

DJ Vajra

DJ - Dance

boyhollow

Double // Shadow

DJ Narky Stares

Mile High Soul Club

MU$A

Ginger Perry

Rockstar Aaron

Shannon von Kelly

Nominating Committee: David Barber (Rock On Colorado), Morris Beegle, Jonathan Bitz (Syntax), Doug Bohm (SoCo Nightlife), Nicole Cacciavillano (Sub.Mission), Steve Cervantes (Zombie Rock Presents), Britt Chester (Westword), Matty Clark (hi-dive), Nicole Cormier (Hip-Hop Roll Call), Greta Cornett (Road 34/FoCoMA/FoCoMX/Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest), Bree Davies (Westword), Ben Desoto (hi-dive), Virgil Dickerson (Illegal Pete's/Greater Than), Guy Errickson (Naked Stage), Scott Foley (KFRC), Brian Frederick (Westword), James Freeman (That's The Thing About That), A.H. Goldstein (Westword), Scott Happel (Oriental Theater/Sacred Chao), Brianna Hernandez (Early Bird // Night Owl), Josiah Hesse (Westword), Leonard Jackson, Ru Johnson (Denver Post), Tiffiny Kallina (The Ruckus), Dan King (Boulder Outlook Hotel), Scott LaBarbera (Oriental Theater), Chris Kresge (Rocky Mountain Music Network/The Colorado Sound), Brad Lopez (Westword/Metallix), David McIntyre (Oskar Blues), Jeff McQuilkin (The Oomph Music Blog), David Meyer, Matt Miner (Westword), Tom Murphy (Westword), Jim Norris (3 Kings Tavern), Ruthie Owen, Sid Pink, Danny Sax (AEG), Dutch Seyfarth (Westword/ Colorado Music Gear Swap & Trade Show), Loren Speer, Lance Stack (The Flat Response), Michael Stein (Meadowlark), Amber Taufen (Westword), Chris Thomas (Herman's Hideaway), Clifton Thompson, Kai Turner (KRFX/Strictly Blues), John Wenzel (Denver Post), JR Wolfe, David Zaharia (VooDoo).