Best of 2018

Jade Bird
Best Guitars – Thunderpussy – This Seattle 4 piece wowed up earlier in the year with the riffs of Whitney Petty. They released their self-titled album this year.
Runners Up: Bones –
Best Bluegrass – Sierra Hull – Hull continues to dominate as a young Grammy Nominated mandolin player.
Becky Buller –
Best Country – Edan Archer – We discovered this country artist at  Canadian Music Week. Her song, “Bad Imitation of Something Good” immediately caught our attention.
Runners Up: Madison Cunningham –
Best Jazz – Nicole Mitchell – This jazz flutist working in a drumless quartet presents the bold album Maroon Cloud
Runners Up: Myra Melford –
Cyrille Aimee –
Best Indie –  The Beths – This quirky 4 piece wormed their way into our hearts with the song “Future Me Hates Me.” Their subsequent singles only reinforced our opinion.
Best Punk – Taco Mouth – This Nashville band had us roiled in anger and laughing in hysterics at the video for “Fighting For Today.”
Runners Up: Death Valley Girls –
Best Rock – Marissa Nadler – Nadler had already been a strong favorite with us because of Strangers. Her new album For My Crimes continued to amaze us.
Jo Passed  –
Best Pop – Jade Bird – This UK artist released her EP in 2017 and is preparing to release a full length in 2019. It wasn’t until we saw her live that we could say the hype was true. She is sometimes marketed as a country artist. Make no mistake, Jade Bird is the next Jenny Lewis in the making. She can play a variety of styles and has a smile that disarms the world.
Runners Up: Transviolet –
Best Heavy Metal – Hide – This Industrial duo caught our attention early in the year with “Wildfire.” They are a face melting extreme act who will only get bigger.
Runners Up: Halestorm –
Best EDM – Sigrid – This synthpop artist exploded early this year and we expect more of the same for 2019.
Best Foreign Artist –  Million Miles – Sophie Baudry released her latest EP Good Luck, Honey. She has a soulful voice that is hypnotic in every single.
Runner Up: Irini Mando –
Best Unexpected Surprise – Marchfourth – A 12 piece marching band with contortionist and jugglers and a two hour set of the best party music.
Runners Up: Nicolle Rochelle – Ginkgoa –
Best Return – Alison Sudol – Sudol is both an actress and singer-songwriter known for the band A Fine Frenzy. She has returned with the Moon EP.
Runners Up: Metric –
Avril Lavigne –
Best Local Artist – Rowan Kerrick – It has been our pleasure to watch Rowan evolve. After time in NY for school she is back and breaking into the Denver scene.
Runners Up: Wild Call –
Heavy Diamond Rain –
Best New Artist – King Princess – She has been selling out shows all summer. This NY artist will shatter records soon enough. Her EP Make My Bed includes the single “1950.”
Runners Up: Stef Chura –
Brynn Elliott –
Merritt Gibson –
Artist of the Year – Boygenius – Arriving late in the year is the superband of the year which features Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus & Phoebe Bridgers.
Runners up: Pale Waves –
Natalie Prass –
Label of the Year – Mom & Pop Records – On their 10 year anniversary Mom + Pop is going strong with artists including Alice Merton, Courtney Barnett, Hinds, Sleigh Bells & Tash Sultana
Runners Up: Ba Da Bing Records –
Father/ Daughter Records –
New West Records –
Saddle Creek –

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