The Bay Area music scene's crazy with talent, and we've been working hard as of late to narrow that massive creative pool down to 40 acts worthy of jumping on this year's Music Awards Ballot.
So after much research by own own staff, and much polling of respected members of the music industry, we've arrived at the top four acts in ten categories. (Note: We tried to avoid nominating acts that have won in previous years).
Rap/Hip-Hop: Alexander Spit; Themselves; 40Love; The Jacka
Electronic/DJ: Mochipet; Lazer Sword; Tenderlions; Hottub
International: Baba Ken and the Afro-Groove Connexion: Rupa & the April Fishes; Sila and the Afrofunk Experience; Santero
Soul/R&B/Funk: Joe Bagale; Kev Choice; Jennifer Johns; The California Honeydrops
Indie Rock/Pop: Girls: The Morning Benders; The Downer Party; Sleepy Sun
Metal/Psych/Punk: Ty Segall; Hunx and His Punx; Triclops!; The Fresh & Onlys
Jazz/Blues: Adam Theis; Spaceheater; Wayne Wallace; Gaucho
Experimental, Etc.: Tussle; Barn Owl; Weasel Walter; The Alps
Alt-Country/Folk/Singer-Songwriter: Joe Goldmark & The Seducers; Emily Jane White; Goh Nakamura; Two Sheds
Club Night: Tormenta Tropical; Sweater Funk; El Superrritmo; [kontrol.sf]
Cast your vote between now and Wednesday, October 14 here. Winners will be announced on Thursday, October 15 at the big Music Awards bash at Ruby Skye.