Help Us Select the 2014 RFT Music Awards Nominees

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The crowd for Dots Not Feathers at last year's music showcase. - THEO WELLING
  • Theo Welling
  • The crowd for Dots Not Feathers at last year's music showcase.

Surely you know the drill by now: Each year, RFT Music recognizes the hard work and exceptional talent of St. Louis' local musicians with the RFT Music Awards. In addition, our summer awards showcase, to be held this year for the first time in the Grove, provides local music lovers an opportunity to see dozens of these bands and musicians in action, with sponsorship by loads of local businesses.

So, it is that time again! We are enlisting your help in choosing the best bands in the city. It is our goal to provide a definitive list of the most talented acts in town, but we can't do it alone. Who are your favorites? Who in St. Louis do you think deserves more recognition? Post your picks in the comments below. (Please be sure to only pick from the acts in the St. Louis region.)

The official ballot will be constructed by a panel of experts, but in the meantime we need to make sure that all possibilities are considered. Note that this is not a popularity contest, and attempting to "stuff the ballot" at this stage in the game by getting all of your friends to comment with your band's name isn't going to do any good -- we watch for that stuff throughout all phases of this process.

If you would like to be considered as part of our expert panel, please let us know! If your suggestions are especially thoughtful or demonstrate a strong perspective on some genre or scene, we'd be happy to make you an official part of the nominating committee. Please include your e-mail address in your comment if you'd like to be considered.

If you need a little help getting started, have a look at last year's winners on the next page:

The 2013 RFT Music Award Winners

Americana Pretty Little Empire

Blues The Bottoms Up Blues Gang

Chamber Pop Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra

Country Prairie Rehab

Cover Band Superjam

DJ DJ Mahf

Electronic/Dance Nee

Experimental Ou Où

Folk Dots Not Feathers

Hard Rock LucaBrasi

Hardcore Pink Sock

Hip-hop (Group) Doorway

Hip-hop (Solo) Tef Poe

Indie Rock Sleepy Kitty

Jazz Lamar Harris

Metal Lions's Daughter

New Band Rat Heart

Noise Ghost Ice

Pop The Blind Eyes

Post Hardcore Trauma Harness

Psych Magic City

Punk Black Panties

R&B Theresa Payne

Rock Kentucky Knife Fight

Singer Songwriter Fred Friction

Soul/Funk Funky Butt Brass Band

The 2013 RFT Music Hall Of Fame Inductees Jia Davis Rockwell Knuckles Son Volt Tim Rakel Tom Hall

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