The 2013 Dallas Observer Music Award Nominees

For the 25th year, The Dallas Observer will honor the fine work of North Texas musicians (and a few behind-the-scenes people as well) with the Dallas Observer Music Awards.

We've asked experts of all stripes to help us compile a list of the area's best talent in 40 categories, which you can see below. From there, we picked the five that best represent this year's musical output. Determining which 40 of the 200 nominees win will be up to you -- we'll have a ballot live soon where you can vote. And of course this is all subjective. Many worthy artists did not make it onto the official ballot. You should definitely write them in. The winners will be announced at an award ceremony in early November.

This list of nominees also helps us determine the lineup for our annual Music Showcase, which will be held this year on Saturday, November 2 in Deep Ellum. Over 50 of the bands you see here will play that night on eight stages. Tickets are $10, and a presale starts today.

No one's still reading this, right? Here are the nominees, in alphabetical order:

See also: The 2012 Award Winners

2013 Dallas Observer Music Award Nominees

General Awards: Page 2 Best Group Act Best Solo Act Best New Release Best New Act Best Song Best Music Video Best Live Act Best Vocalist Best Guitarist Best Bassist Best Drummer Best Pianist/Keyboardist

Genre Awards: Page 3 Best Blues Act Best Country Act Best Alt-Country Act Best Americana Act Best Electronic Act Best Experimental/Noise Act Best Folk Act Best Funk/R&B Act Best Hardcore Act Best Jazz Act Best Latin/Tejano Act Best Metal Act Best Pop Act Best Punk Act Best Rock Act Best Rap/Hip-Hop Act Best Cover Band Best DJ Best Producer

Industry Awards: Page 4 Best Weekly DJ Night Best Label Best Live Music Venue Best New Live Music Venue Best Talent Buyer Best Record Store Best Radio Show/Podcast Best Festival Best Music Blog

Best Group Act Baptist Generals Centro-Matic The Relatives RTB2 True Widow

Best Solo Act Nicholas Altobelli Ronnie Fauss Sarah Jaffe Daniel Markham -topic

Best New Release Direct Deposit by Tunk Hard On by New Science Projects Jeff Whittington by Jeff Whittington Thunderdog by The O's Yes, It's True by The Polyphonic Spree

Best New Act Fogg Frauen Lord Byron Son of Stan Sam Lao

Best Song "America's Son" by Air Review "F#$K Like a Stripper" by Booty Fade "Ivory Black" by Seryn "Things Are Changing" by The Relatives "Lights" by Zhora

Best Music Video "Fly Candy Harvest" by The Baptist Generals (Directed by Jason Reimer) "Fornication" by These Machines are Winning (Video by These Machines Are Winning) "Pilgrims" by Sam Lao (Directed by Jeremy Biggers) "Mannequin Woman" by Sarah Jaffe (By: Richard Krause, Toby Halbrooks, and David Lowery) "Raise Your Head" by The Polyphonic Spree (Directed by Alex Gabbott)

Best Live Act Brain Gang George Quartz The Cannabanoids The Effinays Venetian Sailors

Best Vocalist Ally Hoffman Brent Best Daniel Hart Sarah Jaffe Taylor Rhea

Best Guitarist Blake Ibanez Daniel Markham Jason "Shaggy" Kerr Ronnie Heart Ryan Thomas Becker

Best Bassist Braylon Lacy Casey Orr Jack Russell Steve Steward Tony Ferraro

Best Drummer Chris Carmichael Grady Sandlin Jordan Richardson Tex Bosley Zach Mayo

Best Pianist/Keyboardist Adam Pickrell Daron Beck Paul Slavens RC Williams Shawn Magill

Best Blues Act Andrew "Jr Boy" Jones Big Charles Young Dim Locator Josh Weathers Miss Marcy

Best Country Act Chapter 11 J. Charles and the Train Robbers Kylie Rae Harris Tejas Brothers Zane Williams

Best Alt-Country Act Danny Rush & the Designated Drivers King Bucks Quaker City Nighthawks Somebody's Darling The O's

Best Americana Act Green River Ordinance Jessie Frye Oil Boom The Orbans Whiskey Folk

Best Electronic Act Cutter Dark Rooms Def Rain Ishi Zhora

Best Experimental/Noise Act Eat Avery's Bones Shiny Around the Edges Strange Towers Violent Squid Vulgar Fashion

Best Folk Act Biographies Fox and the Bird Glen Farris Hares on the Mountain Warren Jackson Hearne & Le Leek Electronique

Best Funk/R&B Act Boom Bachs Danny Church Band Larry G(ee) RC & the Gritz The Relatives

Best Hardcore Act Brutal Juice Deep Throat Kid Prison Modern Pain Power Trip

Best Jazz Act Black James Franco Matt Tolentino One O'Clock Lab Band Snarky Puppy Yells at Eels

Best Latin/Tejano Act Mayta Orbinuatas Parranda Venezula Quimikoz Del Son Super Sonic Lips

Best Metal Act Maleveller Pinkish Black Solomon Soviet Terminator 2

Best Pop Act Catamaran Pageantry Senor Fin Seryn The Treelines

Best Punk Act Bad Sports Fungi Girls Leg Sweeper Mind Spiders The Phuss

Best Rock Act Satans of Soft Rock Sealion These Machines Are Winning War Party We'rewolves

Best Rap/Hip-Hop Act A.Dd+ Dorrough Dustin Cavazos Sam Lao -topic

Best Cover Band Dallas Uber Alles Rhymin 'n' Stealin Sweatloaf Taste of Herb The Gorehounds

Best DJ Blixaboy Fishr Pryce Sober Tony Schwa Yeahdef

Best Producer Booty Fade John Congelton S1 Salim Nourallah Stuart Sikes

Best Weekly DJ Night Showdown at the Sundown (Tuesday) Stoned Soul Saturday (Single Wide) The Cool Out (Monday at Crown & Harp) The Turn Up (Thursday at Beauty Bar) Travis Basement (Thursday)

Best Label Dallas Distortion Music Gutterth Hand Drawn Records Idol Kirtland

Best Live Music Venue Dan's Silverleaf Granada Theater House of Blues Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios The Foundry The Kessler Theater

Best New Live Music Venue Crown & Harp Panther Island Pavilion Queen City Music Hall Three Links Twilite Lounge

Best Talent Buyer Ghostlight Concerts/Blackbox Presents Parade of Flesh Spune Tactics Productions The Artist Collective

Best Record Store Bill's Records Doc's Records and Vintage Earnest Tubb Record Shop Good Records Mad World Records

Best Radio Show/Podcast Ghost of Blind Lemon on Deep Ellum Radio The Local Edge on 102.1 The Edge Paul Slavens Show on 91.7 KXT Violitionist Sessions on Violitionist.com Parade of Flesh on Indie-Verse

Best Festival 35 Denton Dia De Los Toadies Gorilla Vs. Bear Fest Homegrown Festival Index Festival

Best Music Blog Ayodoe: A Hip Hop, Art, Culture, and Style Blog Central Track Chan-Lo.com FrontRow: A Daily Review of the Dallas Arts Nuevos Esquemas: DFW Alt-Latino Music

*Note: Some artists have asked not to be nominated. They've been replaced.

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