It's that time of year again, folks. Yes, yes: It's Dallas Observer Music Awards season! Our 23rd attempt at it, even! As you may recall, the whole shebang is taking place a little bit later this year. But it's still the same old celebration you've come to know and love.
You want details? We got 'em. On Saturday, October 15, on various stages throughout Deep Ellum, some 50 or so award-nominated bands will gather to perform our DOMA Showcase. As with last year, there will also be an outdoor stage boasting some big names in bright lights. Our DOMA Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, October 18, at the House of Blues; it's here where we'll crown the reader-voted victors in the 32 different categories we have, all of which aim to highlight the best and brightest in the Greater Dallas music scene.
Later this very week, online voting will open on this year's ballot. The ballot will start appearing in print in our September 8 issue. As should be expected, more and more details (showcase lineup, ticket information, etc.) will be available in the coming weeks.
Here, however, is what we can tell you right now: Voting may not yet be open, but the ballot is ready for your viewing pleasure.
Some explanation: Over the past few weeks, we were quietly in the throes of our nomination round. Some 80-plus invited members of the local music community (journalists, bloggers, booking agents, managers, producers, DJs, etc.) filled out a form in which they were asked to nominate up to five acts for each award. We then compiled their nominations, placing the most-nominated bands onto our final ballot.
The results? Why, they're right there after the jump. Click away. Then tell us your thoughts in the comments. Grovel, boast, brag, bitch, whatever. We welcome it all.
Just one last thing: Congratulations to all of our nominees!
Ryan Thomas Becker
A.Dd+ -- When Pigs Fly
Calhoun -- Heavy Sugar
Centro-matic -- Candidate Waltz
The O's -- Between The Two
Seryn -- This Is Where We Are
True Widow -- As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center To The Circumference Of The Earth
Air Review -- "America's Son"
Calhoun -- "Knife Fight"
Seryn -- "We Will All Be Changed"
Soviet -- "Forever Today"
Treal Lee & Prince Rick -- "Throwed Off"
True Widow -- "Skull Eyes"
Best New Act
The Nighty Nite
R.L. Griffin and The Blues Palace Show Band
The Red 100's
Hard Rock Act
Fair to Midland
The House Harkonnen
This Will Destroy You
Eleven Hundred Springs
Grant Jones & The Pistol Grip Lassos
John David Kent & The Dumb Angels
The King Bucks
Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward
The Naptime Shake
Whiskey Folk Ramblers
Experimental/Avant Garde Act
New Science Projects
Shiny Around The Edges
Kill The Client
White Arms of Athena
The Burning Hotels
The Beaten Sea
Fox & The Bird
Emotion Brown & The Cosmos
Treal Lee & Prince Rick
Damon K. Clark
Hentai Improvising Orchestra
The Singapore Slingers
Yells at Eels
Sam Anderson (Epic Ruins, Quaker City Night Hawks)
Ryan Thomas Becker (RTB2)
Nick Foreman (Dust Congress)
Tim Locke (Calhoun)
Trenton Wheeler (Seryn)
Mara Lee Miller (Bosque Brown)
Ashley Myrick (lalagray)
Ryan Thomas Becker (RTB2, Madison King)
Don Cento (El Cento, Shibboleth)
Scott Danbom (Centro-matic, Sarah Jaffe)
Sean Kirkpatrick (Nervous Curtains)
Chris Mayes (The Naptime Shake, The Boom Boom Box)
Chris Semmelbeck (Seryn)
Hard Night's Day
The King Bucks
Rhymin' & Stealin'
Good Records Recordings (New Fumes, Preteen Zenith)
Idol Records (Calhoun, The O's)
Kirtland Records (Sarah Jaffe, Toadies)
Paperstain Records (Shiny Around The Edges, Dust Congress)
Spune Records (Seryn, Telegraph Canyon)
Gutterth Records (Ryan Thomas Becker, New Science Projects)
John Congleton (St. Vincent, Sarah Jaffe, The Walkmen)
Salim Nourallah (Old 97's, Whiskey Folk Ramblers, Sealion)
Matt Pence (Centro-matic, Sundress, True Widow)
Mark Ryan (Mind Spiders, Bad Sports)
Symbolyc One (Jay-Z, Kanye West, Beyonce)
House of Blues
Sons of Hermann Hall
Bill's Records & Tapes
Forever Young Records
Mad World Records
Recycled Books, Records & CDs
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DHS Entertainment (Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, The Labb)
Granada Theater (Granada Theater)
Parade of Flesh (Sons of Hermann Hall, Bryan Street Tavern, Dada)
Spune Productions (Dada, Dan's Silverleaf, Lola's Saloon)
Tactics Productions (The Loft, South Side Music Hall, Prophet Bar)
Third String Productions (Prophet Bar, Trees, Palladium Ballroom)
Local Music Advocate
Chelsea Callahan (The Double Wide, Prekindle)
Natalie Davila (35 Denton, Majestic Dwelling of DOOM)
Josh Florence (City Tavern, Dada, Homegrown Festival)
Jeff Liles (Kessler Theater)
Mark Schectman (The Local Edge)
Gutterth Productions (Violitionist Sessions)
"The Adventure Club" on KDGE-102.1 FM The Edge
"The Good Show" on KTCU-88.7 FM The Choice
"Infrequent Exposure" on KNTU-88.1 The One
"The Local Edge" on KDGE-102.1 FM The Edge
"The Paul Slavens Show" on KKXT-91.7 FM KXT
"Texas Mix" on KKXT-91.7 FM KXT
But I Just Like Music (butijustlikemusic.com)
DBF Music (dbf-music.com)
Gorilla Vs. Bear (gorillavsbear.net)
Subservient Experiment (subservientexperiment.com)
Violitionist Sessions (violitionist.com)
Weekly Tape Deck (weeklytapedeck.com)