The Audacity--nominated for Best Punk
The Audacity--nominated for Best Punk

Your Nominees for the 2013 OC Music Awards

Now that we've shaken off the hangover of 2012, we've double checked our watches and realized that the first full week in January is time for one thing and one thing only: a new season of

OC Music Awards

madness. Today, the nominees for the 2013 Awards ceremony (hosted  at the

City National Grove of Anaheim

on March 9) were announced. We have to say, despite the a few predictable returners on the roster and the a list of big-timers who may or may not actually show up for the ceremony (*cough* No Doubt, The Offspring, Social Distortion, Young the Giant, Avenged Sevenfold *cough*)  there are a few key surprises in the nominee pool this year. We'll get into our analysis a little later, for now check out this list to review this cavalcade of artists making waves in our local music scene. If you don't know most of these names by should.

This announcement includes 23 of the 27 total 2013 Awards category nominees including two new category additions of Best Tribute and Best Music Producer. Still to come are announcements for OC Impact and Lifetime Achievement honors on February 4, the Best Live Band Showcase Series finalists after the last Showcase on February 19, and The People's Choice Award nominees on March 4. Look for the list of nominees after the jump and be aware that the first installment of the seven-week concert series competition for Best Live Band starts tomorrow night at Detroit Bar at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.) The show is 21 and over (btw, the first 100 people in the door get a free Wahoo's Fish taco. So yeah, get your ass out there, early birds!)
Best Album - Must be released in 2012


Micah Brown - "The Isle of Her" 
No Doubt - "Push and Shove" 
Reel Big Fish - "Candy Coated Fury" 
The Dirty Heads - "Cabin By the Sea" 
The Ultimate Bearhug - "Just South of Los Angeles" 

Best Song - Must be released in 2012 
No Doubt - "Settle Down" 
The Dirty Heads - "Dance All Night" 
The Ultimate Bearhug - "Foolish Things" 
The Offspring - "Days Go By" 
Lit - "The Broken" 

Best New Artist 
Breach The Summit 
Douglas and the Furs 
The Field Trip 
Wheeland Brothers 

Best Alternative 
City By Storm 
Midnight Hour 
The Offspring 

Best Blues 
Gospel Swamp Blues Band 
Jeramiah Red 
Mark Sells Band 
Parker Macy Blues 
Robert Jon and the Wreck 

Best Club 
DJ Daniel Mihai aka DJ Thrifty Lips 
DJ Aristotle 
DJ Jeremiah Red 
DJ Mike Soltani 
Minaya & Vikus 

Best Country/Americana 
Alabaster Stones 
Big Sandy & the Fly-Rite Boys 
Billy Kernkamp and the Brides 
Jeramiah Red 
Moonsville Collective 

Best Electronic 
Free the Robots 
Kalva Won 
Speaker Junkies 

Best Folk 
Matt Costa 
Micah Brown 
The Ultimate Bearhug 
Yellow Red Sparks 

Best Hip Hop 
Locally Grown Collective 
Speach Impediments 

Best Indie 
Flying Sparks 
The Devious Means 
The Field Trip 
The Steelwells 
Young the Giant 

Best Jazz 
Chris Williams 
Evan Stone 
Gina Saputo 
Peter Siebert 
Nancy Sanchez 

Best Latin 
Boogaloo Assassins 
Nancy Sanchez 
The Orquesta Cortez 

Best Metal 
Avenged Sevenfold 
Beneath the Buried 
Core 10 
Railroad To Alaska 

Best Pop 
Christine Olivier 
Nico Adams 
Stacy Clark 

Best Punk 
Death Hymn Number 9 
Fiction Reform 
Social Distortion 
The Offspring 

Best Rock 
Jeramiah Red 
Robert Jon and The Wreck 

Best Surf 
Aloha Radio 
Gantez Warrior 
The Growlers 
The Originalites 
Tomorrow's Tulips 

Best World 
80 Proof 
Reel Big Fish 
The Dirty Heads 

Best Tribute 
Damage, Inc. 
Flashback Heart Attack 
Hard Days Night 
Michael Michael 
Sega Genocide 

Best Music Producer 
Anik Dang 
Barrett Slagle 
Dallas Kruse 
Jon O'Brien 
Lewis Richards 

Best Music Video 
80 Proof - "Runnin" 
No Doubt - "Settle Down" 
The Dirty Heads - "Dance All Night" 
Well Hung Heart - "Devil" 
Wheeland Brothers - "Sand In My Sheets" 

Best Youth Artist 
A+ Drop Outs 
Gavyn Bailey 
Sabrina Lentini 
Un D Vided 
Whiplash Kids Band

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