Punk: Meet the 2013 RFT Music Award Nominees



The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is tomorrow! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday, and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categories.

Read on and get yourself acquainted, and we'll see you at the showcase! Check out this post for the full schedule. Then, create your own showcase schedule with this handy custom scheduler, courtesy of the fine folks at Do314.com.

At present the forecast is looking a little ominous, but we have plans in the works to deal with Mother Nature's wrath -- don't let a little rain scare you away.

Vote for all categories at the official 2013 RFT Music Showcase Readers' Poll. You can also use your phone to vote via text. Check out this handy guide with instructions how!

Previously: - Post Hardcore - Rock - Soul/Funk - Jazz - Hard Rock - Hardcore - R&B - Singer/Songwriter - Pop - Indie Rock - Psych - Folk - Electronic/Dance - Experimental - Cover - Country - Blues - Chamber Pop - Metal - Americana

  • Courtesy of Bassamp and Dano

BassAmp & Dano

It would be downright unpatriotic to not be entertained by the Ford-tough, Second Amendment punks Bass Amp and Dan-O. The duo likes their beer cold, their cable TV loud and their Ramones riffs blazing. If Toby Keith had more of a sense of humor, he'd start a project like this and tap the Queers to back him up, but Toby Keith simply isn't half as clever as these two shit disturbers. Bass Amp and Dan-O are like the deep-fried Twinkies of punk rock: It's overly ignorant and incredibly catchy — so much so that you find yourself singing along to words that you would otherwise never speak in public. -Michael Dauphin

https://www.facebook.com/bassampanddanowhiskeytango http://myspace.com/bassampanddano

  • https://www.facebook.com/betterdays314

Better Days

Somewhere around the early aughts, much of the melodic-hardcore output of the world fell into the categories of either watered-down emo or mall-friendly punk. And there was just so much of it coming out that it cheapened the whole genre, making it a daunting task to sift through and find the legitimate bands. Better Days comes along at a time when the old punks are again hungry for the earnest scream of '90s punk-core, those posi-punk anthems that ram forward at breakneck speeds before loosening up and breaking down without losing any of their pummeling force. Reminiscent of the early Fat Wreck Chords and Epitaph sound, but more firmly rooted in hardcore, Better Days is here to pick up the torch. -Michael Dauphin

https://www.facebook.com/betterdays314 http://betterdays314.bandcamp.com

  • Tim Bottchen

Black Panties

From the disturbing depths of Luc Michalski's mind comes the fast, intense punk/garage rock of Black Panties. Originally a one-man band (now a full band featuring other local punk heroes), Michalski would perform with a microphone and guitar to prerecorded drums. With a complete lineup, the band now has less of a gimmicky feel, allowing the true nature of the songs to take the forefront. Black Panties' tunes will grab you by the cheeks and violently threaten to make out with you for upward of 90 seconds at a time — proof that one man's trashy riffs are a full band's pleasure treasure. -Jimmy Eberle

https://www.facebook.com/Bl4ckP4nties http://BlackPanties.bandcamp.com

  • https://www.facebook.com/pages/Doom-Town

Doom Town

Doom Town won best punk band last year. Will its haunting melodies and tales of European debauchery coast them past the finish line once again in 2013? It seems possible; the band hasn't eased up on its work ethic since its return to American soil, and a new recording was just finished up to stand next to the one the members have been touring on for the past couple of years. A St. Louis spin is represented well in Doom Town's sound, bringing to mind bands such as the Wipers (writers of the song that is DT's namesake), the Vicious, Imperial Leather and X, but never sounding like a rehashing of influences. -Jimmy Eberle

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Doom-Town http://doomtownstl.blogspot.com

  • http://maximumeffort.bandcamp.com

Maximum Effort

This conspiracy-rock for cautious punks tears through notions of well-being in our river city. Frontman Zeng belts out vocals like a sideways preacher, gasping for air between words telling of the shadow government and imparting cautionary tales that feel like dangerous anthems. Striking guitar riffs drive alien conspiracy theory with a damaged vehicle. Maximum Effort asks you to heed its call — after all, this is not a band; it is an awareness group. Behind the curtain is a revelation, an enlightenment built on power chords and feedback. Maximum Effort feeds our fears with what could very well be the truthiest of truths. -Joseph Hess

http://towergrooverecords.com/band/maximum-effort http://maximumeffort.bandcamp.com

Previously: - Post Hardcore - Rock - Soul/Funk - Jazz - Hard Rock - Hardcore - R&B - Singer/Songwriter - Pop - Indie Rock - Psych - Folk - Electronic/Dance - Experimental - Cover - Country - Blues - Chamber Pop - Metal - Americana

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