The Sound & the Fury

I know you thought election fever was over, but if you’re now feeling slightly remorseful about not voting in the mid-terms, have we got a conscience-cleaner for you: the Rammys. We’ve reconfigured some categories and added one to make an even 20 opportunities to get your favorite local musicians recognized as best in the city. Two-party-system haters can breathe easier, too; this election is all write-in. And you don’t have to vote for all 20 categories, just 10, so don’t worry about racking your brain on that “Best Musical Innovator” option. See opposite page for the categories and visit to vote. The “polls” close November 24, and winners will be announced in our music issue on December 15. After voting, mark your calendars for Friday, December 17, when we take over the St. Mary’s strip for a multi-venue music blow-out courtesy of Drunken Monkey Promotions, Super Soul Shakedown, Limelight Music + Drinks, The White Rabbit, Salute International Bar, and G.I.G. on the Strip. May the best band win.

When reviewing categories this year, we hemmed and hawed about Best Music Video. On the one hand, music videos are rad! On the other hand, who makes music videos anymore and where can I see the local ones? Yes, SA, we need a local music video aggregator. Maybe we’ll make that a Current New Year’s resolution. In the meantime, Texas Music Coalition presents its fourth annual Music Video Showcase at 7 p.m. this Tuesday, November 16, at the Alamo Drafthouse Park North (618 NW Loop 410, Granted, this is a statewide competition, but SA is always well-represented; past winners include Little Joe y La Familia and North East School of the Arts student Maria Chavez. TMC accepts pro music videos, concert footage, school projects, and whatever other creative ideas submitters pitch to showcase chair Nikki Young.

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