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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Electronic/Dance* LooseScrewz Adult Fur Ou Où Eric Hall Raglani
Folk Ryan Spearman Skekses Campfire Club Cassie Morgan & Lonely Pine Lulus
Hard Rock Tok Tilts Brookroyal Red Squad Greek Fire
Hardcore Shaved Women Everything Went Black Who Fucking Cares? Overdoser Can We Win
Hip-Hop (Group/Collective) Illphonics Scripts & Screwz Block Boyz Doorway The Force
Hip-Hop (Solo) Saint Orleans This'L Nite Owl A-Game Yo Banga
Indie Rock Sleepy Kitty Humdrum Old Lights Bo & Locomotive The Blind Eyes Jazz Dave Stone Dave Black Hamiet Bluiett Peter Martin Denise Thimes
Metal Fister Lion's Daughter Jack Buck Sine Nomine Terra Caput Mundi
New Band Demon Lover Bear Hive CaveofswordS Mikey Wehling and the Reverbs The Spot Ons
Experimental Britches Volcanoes Spelling Bee Yowie Catholic Guilt
Pop Née Middle Class Fashion Jump Starts Tight Pants Syndrome Celia
Psych Pillow Talk Bug Chaser Tone Rodent Troubadour Dali Magic City Punk Better Days Mondales Modern Man Doom Town Bass Amp & Dano
R&B Theresa Payne Teresajenee Kim Massie Kenny DeShields Helen Marie
Rock Warm Jets USA The Feed Union Electric Kentucky Knife Fight Bruiser Queen
Singer-Songwriter Beth Bombara Caleb Travers Ellen the Felon and the Mattronome Langen Neubacher Tim Gebauer
Solo Project Ra Cailum Black James Syna So Pro Googolplexia Sleep in Sundays
Soul/Funk Ransom Note Funky Butt Brass Band Fresh Heir Teddy Presberg Resistance Organ Trio Dogtown Allstars
2012 RFT Music Hall Of Fame Inductees
The Bottle Rockets
Pokey Lafarge & the South City Three
Soulard Blues Band
So Many Dynamos
*Editor's Note: We have been informed that two of our nominees -- in the Dance/Electronic and DJ categories -- no longer live in St. Louis -- the categories have since been corrected.