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Announcing The Austin Music Blogger Awards - February 27th at Spider House Ballroom

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Running a music blog in Austin, Texas is hard work and during the last few years I have made a lot of great friends that share the same passion for exposing new artists, photographing and reviewing concerts and sharing our enthusiasm for new music. We are a very diverse group of strongly opinionated people who do our best to promote all the talent that Austin has to offer to readers on both a local and national level. We work our 9 to 5 jobs and spend all of our free time and money putting on events, starting record labels and sitting in front of computer screens for unhealthy amounts of time. Over the last few months we have gotten together and discussed how we could collaborate with each other and in those meetings the Austin Music Blogger Alliance was born.  The charter members include ourselves along with Austin Bloggy LimitsAustin Writes MusicOVRLDPop Press InternationalRed River NoiseRepublic of Austin and Side One Track One.

To kick things off we are teaming up with Austin Music People (AMP) to host the 1st Annual Austin Music Blogger Awards on February 27th at Spider House Ballroom. In addition to announcing winners the night will also include performances by:

A Giant Dog
Mirror Travel
Shivery Shakes
Orthy
Magna Carda
Jess Williamson

The Nominees....

BEST ARTIST:
Aisha Burns
Jess Williamson
Jesse Woods
Phranchyze
Walker Lukens

BEST BAND:
American Sharks
A Giant Dog
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 – Spillwa

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:
Learning Secrets
DJ Mel
DJ Miss Manners
DJ Orion
DJ ulovei

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER:
Brian Gray
Chad Wadsworth
Pooneh Ghana
Randy Cremean
Tim Griffin

BEST VENUE:
Cheer Up Charlies
Holy Mountain
Hotel Vegas
Mohawk
Red 7

AMP will also host a portion of the awards with categories including Best Venue Sound Engineer, Best Recording Studio, Best Local Music Promoter, Best Arranger, and Best Poster Design. AMP will also be presenting its Esme Barrera Award in Music Activism and Education and its Unsung Hero Award to a contributor to the local music scene.  You can vote in those categories here

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. There's also a $40 VIP ticket that includes a pre-show reception.