The 2012 RFT Music Awards Nominees

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Jon Gitchoff
At the 2011 RFT Music Showcase. You might just find a couple of these folks again this year...
That's right, sports fans, it's once again time for the big ol' love letter to St. Louis music known as the RFT Music Awards and Showcase. The nominating committee has made its arguments and to show for it we have five of the best bands and artists in 25 categories.

Many of these fine musicians will appear at the RFT Music Showcase, to be held this year on June 2. Important: If you are one of this year's nominees, please email us at showcase@riverfronttimes.com and include the best email and phone number at which to reach you this week in order to be sure you are included in our coverage.

For those of you who are still reading and haven't skipped ahead to the nominees already (all three of you), a note or two on this year's ballot: We are instituting an RFT Music Hall of Fame. Some form of this has existed in the past, but this will be ongoing -- each year we will select a handful of highly deserving mainstays and breakouts to enshrine. This year's inductees are listed after the rest of the categories, which are in alphabetical order. Also, if your band/your friend's band isn't listed, rest assured it was right on the bubble.

Congratulations to all 125 nominees.

Americana
Pretty Little Empire
Rough Shop
Water Liars
Tenement Ruth
Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost

Blues
Rum Drum Ramblers
Bottoms Up Blues Gang
Big George Brock
Jeremiah Johnson band
Marquise Knox

Chamber Pop
Scarlet Tanager
Palace
Union Tree Review
Dots Not Feathers
Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra

Country
Prairie Rehab
Colonel Ford
Dive Poets
Western Satellites
Lonesome Cowboy Ryan & His Dried Up Tear Drops

Cover Band
Capone
Dance Floor Riot
Vote For Pedro
Extremely Pointless
Trixie Delight

DJ*
18andCounting
DJ Needles
DJ Mahf
DJ Sir Thurl
DJ Uptown

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106 comments
john
john

WOW. the same bands who never go anywhere nationally yet the RFT keeps nominating them. this is why this magazine is a joke.

London Calling
London Calling

What happened to best dance party category?!?   That sucks :?

Davidscottking
Davidscottking

You USED to have two other categories - best cover band & best tribute band... what the hell happened to them?  They were the only ones I really cared about.

Girl Bug!
Girl Bug!

I think Ded Bugs need to be on the Hall-O-Fame list! I've been a fan since I was in middle school! 

Andrew Bohler
Andrew Bohler

 I, Andrew from it!, was never angry. All your comments are hilarious. I posted two comments to get people riled up and it obviously worked. Funny how everyone perceived it and put words in my mouth.it! doesn't need a nomination or an award for making music. We do it to make people dance and party.Come one, come allwww.facebook.com/itstl

Sam McCabe
Sam McCabe

how do i pick between troubadour dali and magic city?

Joe
Joe

Oh, god, I want to vote soooo bad!

Cthb31
Cthb31

I like the nominees I wish FLK. Ent made the the collective hip hop group

Kenny Snarzyk
Kenny Snarzyk

Why isn't Gravity Kills on the Hall Of Fame???

Just kidding. I know why.

Donkeykong
Donkeykong

if you're going to disqualify MSIF for one guy living out of town, then you need to disqualify water liars since only half the band lives in st. louis. duh. keep yer stuff straight.

John Harrington
John Harrington

 Thanks RFT for putting us (Midwest Avengers) in the Music Hall of Fame. We are very honored to be inducted. & I know we already have 8 RFT music awards, but we want to thank you for recognizing our 20 years of music history on the St. Louis music scene. And to our fans, thanks for supporting us & making this possible!

Kenny Snarzyk
Kenny Snarzyk

We were nominated because we gave Kiernan a check for 500 dollars. If you don't have 500 bucks then don't complain about not being on this list.

Kenny (Fister)

Eric Farlow
Eric Farlow

Congrats to the deserving hip hop acts and DJ's. Great feeling to have so many friends make this list! 

Pablo Ro
Pablo Ro

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gws
gws

Yeah, I would have liked to see the Mhurs on here too.

punklives12
punklives12

Congrats to all of the bands nominated!  Now go check out The Basement.....they'll be on the list next year!

Jamie Finch
Jamie Finch

I love the diversity of this list. I love seeing more new names than old ones. I love the lack of repeats. I love all of it. Seriously. Kiernan and committee- y'all did such a great job. This is the best set of nominations I have seen since 2007. No joke. And I'm super honoured to be a part of it, mostly for that reason.

Nevac1119
Nevac1119

I want to vote for the Funky Butt Brass Band  They are great and we love watching them play....

Nominating Committee Member
Nominating Committee Member

As one of the people asked to be a nominating committee member, I feel that I should weigh in on some things.

At first, I was genuinely surprised that I was asked by RFT Music to be on the nominating committee.  Later, I realized why I was selected: I go to A LOT of local music shows at A LOT of different venues around town.  I'm also a musician in a local band, but I think that the former reason is more the reason why the RFT Music asked me to be on the committee.

Each committee member was asked to submit ten bands/artists for nomination.  It was really really difficult for me to name only ten!  I wish that I could have submitted at least twenty!  Sincerely, it took me a week to decide whom to leave off my list of ten and whom to include in my list of ten.

I would say that roughly half of the bands whom I nominated are "popular," e.g. consistently draw well.  Roughly the other half of the bands whom I nominated aren't as "popular."  What it came down for me in my selections was not "popularity."  What it came down for me in my selections was basically this criterion:  How often do I tell people something like "Hey, have you heard [band/artist] yet?  Really good and interesting stuff!  You should check 'em out!"  This seemed for me to be the most fitting basic criterion for whom I selected for nomination - what bands do I find most interesting and exciting, what bands do I tell people are "must see and hear?"

And that's basically how I look at these awards.  It's one of several ways of spreading the good word about what's going on in town music-wise.  Obviously, I don't know everything that's going ... who does?  But ... the fact that as I look over the big list of nominees and don't recognize a larger portion of names than I do recognize suggests to me that RFT Music did a pretty good job of asking people to be on the nominating committee that are well outside of a supposed "bubble of friends," "cool clique" or "scene."  I'm looking forward to checking out so many of these bands/artists of whom I've never heard until now.  I would likely have missed the boat on a lot of great stuff it weren't for this event.

Anyway, my $.02.

Miller
Miller

I support IT! I don't necessarily agree with the comment made earlier but they are amazingly creative musicians and I believe that will be recognized in the future. When I hear their music I can't help but dance all night and judging from their past shows other people can't either. Keep it up IT! Don't let this get you down!

Bardlsh
Bardlsh

Editor's Note: We have been informed that one of our original DJ nominees no longer lives in St. Louis -- the category has since been corrected. Gone 2+ Years. Way to keep your ear to the pavement. 

Guest
Guest

Just to clear up some misinformation here....I don't work for the RFT, but I do work for a local venue.  Kiernan asked me to submit 10 local bands to be considered for the nominations based on the fact that I work with local bands quite often.  He asked multiple people around the city who have extensive knowledge of the local scene.  They then take these suggestions and compile what you see in this post.  It's not a popularity (or non-popularity?) contest like some people below have suggested. 

Sooooo.....if your band didn't get picked, don't take it personally.  Because when you come into a public forum and make an uneducated rant, and mention the band you are in, it reflects very negatively on yourself and your band mates.  Additionally, it probably means you're someone that I don't want to work with.

Blazingwound
Blazingwound

seriously!  this has been up for a month & a half!  way to strike while the iron is hot, guys!

Ryan
Ryan

I think they do that category in a different "Best-Of" list, since a dance party isn't a band.  Don't worry!

Derp
Derp

Yes, dance parties do suck.

Autotech
Autotech

 Top of page.  5 bands listed for best Cover band. 5 categories down from top.  Don't know about Tribute category...

Kenny Snarzyk
Kenny Snarzyk

I think you have to go down to Pops to cast a physical ballot for that category.

person
person

is "Ent" a reference to those walking, talking, tree creatures in the Lord of The Rings trilogy? If so, that's the best name ever.

sean cook
sean cook

He only charged you 500?  How the hell did you get in so cheap?

Sean (Terra Caput Mundi)

Patino7
Patino7

Jamie, hiyo! Our bands got nominated. Perhaps we might play a show together after all :)

Guest
Guest

Mike & Maggie from MSIF no longer live in town, either.

langen
langen

I just gave blow jobs to / went down on the whole RFT music staff, and a few guys with beards around town that looked important to the scene. Or maybe just homeless.  It's so hard to tell these days...  Anyway, my point is you guys could really be saving yourself some cash!   (just in case tone is in question here I'm joking around)

Jamie Finch
Jamie Finch

I bet that would be lovely! Who you be, bro? :)

langen
langen

haha, yeah, I know! I flagged myself as inappropriate after I wrote cuz I figured, you know maybe some of the RFT's writing staff mom's and dad's or grandmas read this.... but I guess the 3 likes contradicted it!  haha, whoops. Anyway, people said this stuff about me clearly not far enough behind my back last year, and I figured it would happen again this year so I might as well be the first to joke about it :)

Joe
Joe

Wow, Lang.  Just wow.

RedSquad
RedSquad

Some dude in Red Squad :)

Kiernan Maletsky
Kiernan Maletsky

Unfortunately no. This here is meant as a resource for folks who might possibly get into St. Louis music, to help them decide where to start, so looking backward doesn't serve that aim. That said: 

If you are living in Atlanta, for God's sake check out whatever Mike and Maggie are doing. If you are living in New York, go see Rockwell Knuckles because you will leave the show panting and ecstatic. If you are in Columbia, did you know you are harboring bands many people would make great sacrifices to see in Dubb Nubb and Jay Fay? St. Louis breeds champions. 

Johnisaids
Johnisaids

I am still paying rent in St Louis through April. Does that count? 

This is Mike Stasny and I like to party and cut loose. 

Guest
Guest

Yeah, they moved to Atlanta last month. Means no more Half Gay either, or maybe Kevin could just call it Quarter Gay.

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