Best Local Band Overall
Tie: Le Chat Lunatique, Torture Victim
2008's first-place tie for Best Local Band Overall is an indication of the improbably diverse music scene we have here in Albuquerque. On one end, there's effervescent Gypsy and Western swing (Le Chat Lunatique). On the other, there's Cookie Monster belching and thrash metal (Torture Victim). And in the middle, there's you—the fan meat in Burque's musical club sandwich of love.
Once again, Albuquerqueans emerged in full force to support a disc jockey whose primary audience just may consist of vampires. DJ Kentifyr, master of goth night's industrial, EMB, dark wave, post-punk, high-stepping dance massacre, is the favorite among creatures of the night.
Best Reggae Band
The sounds of tropical Jamaica translated in the dusty mountains of New Mexico are to locals what marijuana leaf-emblazoned Bob Marley posters are to Coronado Dorm-dwelling UNM freshman: Absolutely vital if you're gonna be forever loving Jah. Congratulations, Mystic Vision, you're No. 1!
2) Crazy Fool
Best Hip-Hop/Rap MC
It's not just a name: The 2bers actually spits rhymes to the second power. Dual MCs BlesIIinfiniti and Eph'Sharpe are the lyrical key the live hip-hop group's infectiously positive flow.
Best Rock Band
In the interest of full disclosure, two members of SuperGiant work at the Alibi offices. Rather than endure potential cheating accusations, they almost declined the honor. Still, SuperGiant won by a huge margin, and the victory was a complete surprise to its members, who didn't even campaign for the crown. But it's probably no surprise to the band's many loyal fans that hardworking SuperGiant emerged at the top of the heap.
The Duke City's industrial music scene isn't huge, but it packs a big punch and singer-songwriter Brian Botkiller is a big reason why. It doesn't matter if he's performing solo or alongside his fellow band members in Vertigo Venus, his energy and intensity on stage is palpable and crowds are quick to applaud his passion.
Best New/Emerging Band
The Old Main
Sure, The Old Main is just a few years young, but it's the melting point of three venerated musical lives: Rod Lacy (ex-Weldon), Zoltan Szekely (ex-Rakes of Mallow) and Mojo Atzberger (ex-Atomic Love Medicine). Roots rock is ageless.
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