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Monday, Aug 11, 2014 - 75 days ago Check 1, Check 2 | Music & nightlife

San Diego Music Awards announce nominees

The Burning of Rome, Little Hurricane top the list of nominated artists

By Jeff Terich

It's San Diego Music Awards season, and this year's nominees have just been announced. There are a lot of worthy entries on the long list of nominations, including local MVPs The Burning of Rome, Little Hurricane and The Midnight Pine, as well as newcomers like Soft Lions and hard-working underdogs like Eukaryst, who are profiled in this week's CityBeat.

And then there's Jason Mraz and Switchfoot. It wouldn't be the San Diego Music Awards without a few ringers, no matter how cliche it is for Switchfoot's name to show up—again. But Jason Mraz seems a little more of a stretch. Is Mraz even really a "San Diego artist" at this point? I'm inclined to say no, considering he's only scheduled three shows here this year, all in stadium-sized venues and all sold out. That, to me, doesn't say "local artist," but your mileage may vary.

In any case, here's the full list of nominees:

BEST COVER BAND

Cash'd Out
Detroit Underground
Electric Waste Band
Lady Dottie and the Diamonds
Left4Dead
Liquid Blue
The Bajabugs
West of 5

BEST BLUES

Bayou Brothers
Bill Magee Blues Band
Mercedes Moore Band
Michele Lundeen
Missy Andersen
Nathan James
Robin Henkel
Tomcat Courtney

BEST HIP HOP

Brothers Burns & J. PhattsDemi Daygo
Mitchy Slick
Odessa Kane
Oso Ocean
Parker and the Numberman
The Lyrical Groove
Vokab Kompany
 

BEST ROCK

Blackout Party
Grand Tarantula
Jet West
Lexington Field
The Beautiful View
The Farmers
The Paragraphs
The Young Wild

BEST NEW ARTIST

9 Theory
Cody Lovaas
Matt Smith Neu Jazz Trio
Neighbors To The North
Soft Lions
Prayers
The Routine
Triumph of the Wild
 

BEST ALTERNATIVE ALBUM

Days of Light Gravity - Games to Play in the Rain
Hocus - Outside Your Door
Ilya - In Blood
Little Hurricane - Gold Fever
Okapi Sun - Techno Prisoners
The Burning of Rome - Year Of The Ox
Transfer - Shadow Aspect
Drunkin Punkin Idiots - Smashed
 

BEST BLUES ALBUM

Ben Powell - Rise Up Singing
Black Market III - Black Roses
Chet & The Committee - For Love or Money
Euphoria Brass Band - EBB & Flow
Jack City Blues Band - Wide Open Blues
Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact - Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact
Ruby Blue - Revealed
Sharifah and The Good Thing - Real Soul
 

BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM

Anoushka Shankar - Traces of You
Island Boy - Basic Instincts
Maka Roots - Hearted One
Project Out of Bounds - Love Tones
SM Familia - La Familia - EP
Todo Mundo - Conexion
Tribal Seeds - Representing
The OSS - 4th Wave

BEST LOCAL RECORDING

Alison Marae - My Heart Can't Take It
Action Andy & The Hi-Tones - High & Lonesome
Cathryn Beeks - Wishing Rock
Mother Belle – Hand Made
Teagan Taylor Trio – Hello.
The Lovebirds - Breakup Shmakeup
The Unconditionals - Magic Pill
Triumph of the Wild – Triumph of the Wild Boy

BEST JAZZ

Allison Adams Tucker Quartet
Danny Green Trio
Gilbert Castellanos
Joshua White
Red Fox Tails
Steph Johnson
Sue Palmer
Tiffany Jane and The Kicks

BEST WORLD MUSIC

B-Side Players
Cumbia Machin
Patric Petrie
Piracy Conspiracy
Restoration One
The Devastators
Todo Mundo
Tribal Theory

BEST POP

Dr. Seahorse
Ed Ghost Tucker
Josh Damigo & the Freeloaders
Neon Cough
Nicky Venus
Social Club
The Shifty Eyed Dogs
The Silent Comedy

BEST HARD ROCK

Boy King
Carnifex
Griever
Head Trip Superstar
Retox
Roni Lee
Schitzophonics
Wovenwar

BEST POP ALBUM

Alaina Blair - Here I Am
Blaise Guld - Past Forward
Falling Doves - The Basement LP
Gayle Skidmore - Sleeping Bear
Lisa Sanders - Shiver
Neon Cough - The Aquarian
Normandie Wilson - Geography and Other Problems
Sister Speak - Rise Up For Love

BEST HARD ROCK ALBUM

Boy King – Master
Carnifex - Die Without Hope
Earthless - From the Ages
Eukaryst - Dreams in the Witch House
Killing the Messenger - What Matters Most - EP
My Iron Lung - Relief
Seventrain - Seventrain
Sprung Monkey - Dead is Dead
 

BEST JAZZ ALBUM

Holly Hofmann - Low Life: The Alto Flute Project
Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine - It's About Time
Justin Grinnell Quartet - Without You
Nathan Hubbard - Encinitas and Everything After
Patrick Yandall - Soul Grind
Peter Sprague - Ocean In Your Eyes
Pocket - The Stick Bag
Wayne Riker – Groovin’ With the Top Brass

BEST LIVE BAND

Rocket From The Crypt
Schitzophonics
Slightly Stoopid
The Burning of Rome
The Creepy Creeps
The Frights
The Silent Comedy
Whitney Shay

BEST SINGER-SONGWRITER

A.J. Croce
Dawn Mitschele
John Meeks
Lacy Younger
Gregory Page
Sierra West
Tolan Shaw
Trent Hancock

BEST AMERICANA

El Monte Slim
Jesse LaMonaca & The Dime Novels
Nancarrow
Nena Anderson
River City
Sara Petite
The Peripherals
Trouble in the Wind

BEST ALTERNATIVE

Dead Feather Moon
Idyll Wild
New Mexico
Shake Before Us
The Heavy Guilt
The Touchies
We Are Sirens
Wild Wild Wets

BEST CLUB DJ

Adam Salter
DJ Demon
Diana Death
DJ Artistic
DJ Heather Hardcore
Gabe Vega
Junior the Disco Punk
Saul Q

BEST ROCK ALBUM

Boxcar Chief - Vagabond  
Danny and the Tramp - All In
Hills Like Elephants - Bedroom Colonies Vol. 1
Playfight – Mutt - EP
Stone Horse - Grit
The Donkeys - Ride the Black Wave
The New Regime - Exhibit A
Wicked Tongues – Wicked Tongues EP
 

BEST HIP HOP ALBUM

Dag Savage - E&J
Dre Trav - Dualism
Far From Ya Average - The Basement LP
Legacy Pack - Fruit of Knowledge
Lyrical Groove - Spoken Soul
Mitchy Slick - Call of Duty (South East Edition)
Oso Ocean - Whole 9.2 (feat. Mitchy Slick)
Vokab Kompany – V-Sides Vol. 1 (Kollabs and Remixes)

BEST AMERICANA ALBUM

Erik Canzona - The Narrows
High Rolling Loners - Match and Kerosene
Jimmy Ruelas - I Shall Not Be Moved!
Katie Leigh & The Infantry - March
Peter Bolland - Two Pines
Podunk Nowhere - Crackle and Shake
Soda Pants – Soda Pants
The Midnight Pine - Buried
 

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

B-Side Players - Rocky Road
Burning of Rome – God of Small Things
Jason Mraz - Love Someone
Little Hurricane - Sheep In Wolves Clothes
Neon Cough - Enough of this World
Prayers - Gothic Summer
Sprung Monkey - Dead is Dead
Switchfoot - Love Alone is Worth the Fight

SONG OF THE YEAR

Anoushka Shankar - Traces of You (feat. Norah Jones)
The Burning of Rome - God of Small Things
Jason Mraz - Love Someone
Little Hurricane – Sheep In Wolves Clothes
Nickel Creek - Destination
Switchfoot - Love Alone Is Worth The Fight
Paul Cannon Band - Thinking Bout You
Tribal Seeds - Blood Clot (feat. Don Carlos)

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Jason Mraz
Joshua White
Little Hurricane
Steph Johnson
Switchfoot
The Burning of Rome
The Midnight Pine
The Silent Comedy

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Jason Mraz – Yes!
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe - New Ammo
Little Hurricane - Gold Fever
Nickel Creek - A Dotted Line
Steve Poltz - The Accident
Switchfoot - Fading West
The Burning of Rome - Year of the Ox
Tribal Seeds - Representing
 
 
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