Maybe it was the complimentary Coors everyone was sucking down. Or perhaps it was the savory slabs of roast beef and turkey that folks were shoving into their gullets. Ultimately, I wasn't sure exactly what had put everyone in such high, ahem, spirits this past Monday night at the twelfth annual Westword Music Showcase Awards, but I wasn't about to question it. There was a palpable sense of camaraderie at the Bluebird -- and it was refreshing, especially considering all the bile and vitriol that's spilled on the scene on a daily basis, both on message boards and in passing. But here, handshakes and hugs were being passed around like a backstage fatty on the Up in Smoke tour. And this was before the awards presentation... More >>>