Austin Music People (AMP) and the Austin Music Blogger Alliance (AMBA) have announced the opening of nominations for both the AMP Austin Music Industry Awards, powered by Fender, and the AMBA Readers’ Choice Award for best album of 2013. Winners will be announced at the organizations’ joint concert and award ceremony on Feb. 27 at Spider House Ballroom. See details below.
The newly minted Austin Music Blogger Alliance includes Austin Bloggy Limits, Austin Town Hall, Austin Writes Music, OVRLD, Pop Press International, Republic of Austin, Side One Track One, Ultra8201 and of course Red River Noise. We all collectively want to invite our readers to vote for their favorite 2013 album by an Austin band or artist for the AMBA Readers’ Choice Award here.
Currently those of us in AMBA (editors and writers) are now hard at work selecting the winners of the first annual AMBA awards. Here is the list of categories and nominees:
BEST ARTIST: Aisha Burns, Walter Lukens, Phranchyze, Jess Williamson, Jesse Woods
BEST BAND: A Giant Dog, American Sharks, Black Books, Mirror Travel, OBN IIIs
BEST ALBUM: A Giant Dog – Bone; Black Books – Self Titled; Love Inks – Generation Club; Mirror Travel – Mexico; Royal Forest – Spillway
BEST EP: Borrisokane – Murdering Teeth; Feverbones – Self Titled; Growl – Gallery; Night Drive – Position 1; Sweet Talk – Flash of Light
BEST SINGLE: Gal Pals – Earthquake; Magna Carda – Shoes $ Money; Marmalakes – Wells; Shivery Shakes – Sidewalk Talk; Tiger Waves – Fields
BEST DJ: DJ Mel, DJ Miss Manners, DJ Orion, DJ ulovei, Learning Secrets/Orthy
BEST LIVE MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHER: Randy Cremean; Pooneh Ghana; Brian Gray; Tim Griffin; Chad Wadsworth
BEST VENUE: Cheer Up Charlies, Holy Mountain, Hotel Vegas, Mohawk, Red 7
The AMBA awards/concert at Spider House Ballroom will be hosted by KUT radio personality Laurie Gallardo and feature live performances by Magna Carda, Shivery Shakes, Jess Williamson, A Giant Dog, Orthy, Mirror Travel and special guests. Doors at 7:30 p.m. Music at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are at $12 in advance and will be $15 at the door. VIP tickets are available for $40 and include a private pre-show reception. Tickets can be purchased online here. Visit the official Facebook event page here.