Best of 2017

Best Guitars – Marika Hackman – Hackamn burst on the scene with I’m Not Your Man and toured with The Big Moon, as well as produced their album.
Best Bluegrass – The Ragbirds – This Michigan 5 piece mixed folk, gypsy and bluegrass into something uniquely their own. The Threshold and the Heart demonstrates this.
Best Country – Margo Price – All American Made is Price’s new sophomore album and it cements her standing as the best in country.
Best Jazz – Subhi – A mix of beebop jazz and Hindi and Urdu poetry makes Shaitaan Dil (Naughty Heart) stand out,
Best Indie – Charly Bliss – Funny, upbeat and addictive describes Charly Bliss’ Guppy, an album that practically lived in our player.
Runners Up: Winter, Starcrawler
Best Punk – Crystal Fairy – Teri Gender Bender is known for Le Butcherettes. She is also lead singer for this supergroup which expands the boundaries.
Best Rock – St Vincent – MasSeduction is Annie Clark’s 5th studio album and it is a perfect creation.
Best Pop – Alexandra Savoir – Belladonna of Sadness came out in Spring of 2017. It is sad torch songs that strikes at the heart.
Best Heavy Metal – Stitched Up Heart – Never Alone came out in 2016 for this LA heavy metal act. Mixi puts on an amazing show.
Best EDM – TOKiMONSTA  – Lune Rouge came out at the end of the year for this label owner and producer. She wears many hats and works with the best in EDM. We’re excited about her collaborations as much as her original work.
Best Foreign Artist – Oumou Sangare – It took 8 years for this Malian artist to release a new album, Mogoya. She worked with producers in France and Sweden to make a mix of traditional instrumentation mixed with modern. It is all led by Sangare’s distinctive vocals.
Best Unexpected Surprise – Flint Eastwood – When we interviewed Eastwood about her EP Broke Royalty we had no idea of what she was like live. Her show is one part revival meeting, and 2 parts “in your face” rock. You are compelled to join in. “Loud not pretty!” is a mantra that fits this artist who made 2017 her own.
Runners Up – Cthula, Gordi
Best Local Artist – Poppet – We were referred to her by a friend. The show is filled with dancers, projections and props. The music needs no gimmicks. It reminds us of Kate Bush. Pay attention to Desolation Lovesongs
Runners Up: FairElle, Britt Magrit, Bella Musser, Wellington Bullings
Best New Artist –  Ashe – This 24 year old California artist was signed to Mom + Pop this year and is standing out with songs like “The Girl Who Cried Wolf” and “Used to It.” We’re looking forward to a debut album.
Artist of the Year – Elohim – Elohim had us when the track “Hallucinating” was released. She’s been releasing more singles this year and we’re waiting for the follow-up to her debut EP.
Label of the Year – Polyvinyl Records – This label already had a strong roster including Deerhoof, La Sera, Ladyhawke, Psychic Twin and Rainer Maria. This year they also brought in Anna Burch, Hazel English and Julia Jacklin.
December 1st, 2017