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2nd Annual Rammy Awards
The Readers have spoken: Meet your 2009 picks for SA's best bands and musicians
Stephanie McVey (Altus)
McVey brings elements of pop-diva grandeur to Altus’s indie-rock arrangements without forcing the rest of the band to take a backseat.
Runners up: Melissa Ludwig, Kevin DaLuz (Under Nothing)
Formerly lead and bass trombonist for the U.S. Air Force’s Band of the West, Wilkins plays regularly at Luna with his eponymous 4tet and teaches jazz studies at UTSA.
Marcus Rubio, Dan Stanush
Though drummer Manny Castillo died in January of this year, brothers Chris and Scott Lutz and bassist Dale Johnson continue playing their hard-to-
classify but distinctly San Antonio blend of country-tinged classic rock.
Runners up: Girl in a Coma,
Dog Men Poets, Fear Snakeface
Deadpool plays with a jagged-edged old-school savagery, but their devotion to their fanbase (dubbed the Society) makes a convincing argument that populism is metal’s truest form.
Runners up: Under Nothing,
Kin of Cain
UTSA professor Marco Cervantes directly addresses South Texas identity issues and racial conflicts over complex experimental beats in multilayered and heady bilingual tracks like “A Stereotype” and “Texas Mexican.”
Runners up: Vultures, Notes Floats
Cornetist Cullum’s commitment to preserving the early 20th-century jazz tradition has made his band a River Walk staple for the past several decades.
Runners up: Bett Butler,
Self-described “Spanglish mixologists” blend several traditions of Latin music with American blues-rock and hip-hop, and frontman Robert Livar’s distorted guitar licks give a bite to their ass-shaking beat.
Runners up: Mingo Saldivar,
San Antonio Blues Cats
This multi-instrumental blues collective began as a fundraising project for the San Antonio Blues Society and has since become a popular local act with gigs at the likes of Casbeers at the Church and the Cove.
Runners up: Ruben V., Eddie B.,
Teen idols Starluck put a punky emo attitude over electropop beats for a fan-friendly combination that edged out the competition in this hard-fought category.
Runners up: Hyperbubble,
The Lavens keep the country family band alive with performances every Friday night at the Cove.
Runners up: Middle Ground,
James Cox (Kin of Cain)
No beret-wearing, acoustic-strumming coffee-shop poets for you, San Antonio. You prefer Cox’s tortured howl on tracks like “Descendants of Unhealed Wounds.” We should’ve expected as much.
Runners up: Kevin DaLuz (Under Nothing), Danny Gibbons (Our
The Tim & Bob Show
We like their incredibly laid back take on Chris De Burgh’s “Lady in Red” best, and you like this well-traveled quartet of husbands and wives just a little bit more than Alice in Chains covers.
Runners up: Jar of Flies, Drive
KISS’s Texas Traxx
Say what you will about modern-rock radio, this one-two punch of local-rock radio show and free weekly concert is a bona-fide public service.
KSYM’s Third Coast Music, KRTU’s Super Soul/Diggin Deep
DJ Jester the Filipino Fist
Apologies to all you guys who voted for KONO’s Steven O. Sellers, but we meant a real, record-spinning DJ. The rest of you had the right idea, and though he divides his time between Austin and San Antonio these days, Jester’s still one of the 210’s most essential turntablists.
Runners up: Daecos, J.J. Lopez
A Kid Named Thompson — “Everything You Want”
This slickly produced pop-rock party is enough to make you long for MTV’s fabled music-video days.
Runners up: Dog Men Poets —
“Inspired”; Stegosaur —
This Bulverde Road studio is the birthplace of tracks from fellow Rammy winners Altus and Starluck, as well as many other local notables.
Runners up: The Farm,
Monster Music Studios
Deadpool at Zombies (October 23)
The ridiculously curvy, thong-sporting brain-eater on your favorite concert flyer (not to mention the spread-legged Eve with cannabis fronds fig-leafing her lady parts on the runner-up NORML poster) indicates you’re interested in only one thing, San Antonio: stylized san-serif fonts.
Runners up: Clogged Caps 6, NORML Metal Fest
The Tim & Bob Show’s Take It Outside
This collection of originals by your favorite cover band beat out several high-quality contenders for top album honors, but we personally never got a review copy.
Runners up: Under Nothing’s
E. S. & D., Snowbyrd’s Diosdado
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