The Winners of the Second Voice Media Group Music Writing Awards

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William Michael Smith (left, photo by Chris Knight) and David Thorpe
By: Kiernan Maletsky
The eleven alternative weeklies of Voice Media Group are responsible for a tremendous amount of music writing: This year, we produced thousands of pages of printed stories and tens of thousands of blog posts. We're proud to present the very best of that work in the second annual Voice Media Group Music Writing Awards.

Each of the eleven music editors around the country selected his or her favorite articles from 2013 in two categories: blog posts and print stories. A judging panel comprising Senior Music Editor Ben Westhoff, Houston Press Music Editor Chris Gray and me (I'm the music editor of the Dallas Observer) then voted to pick the winners, who will get a cash prize.

See also: 2012 VMG Music Writing Award Winners


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Luke McGarry of Pop Noir Nominated For Cartoonist of the Year Award

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Luke McGarry (left) with his bro Joe lead double lives as Pop Noir/Fantastic Heat Brothers
Right now, Luke McGarry is the poster child for success in the world of rock-n-roll cartoons. Literally.

In 2012, the artist and co-founder of OC-bred indie band Pop Noir become the guiding artistic hand behind the artwork for some of Goldenvoice's biggest events, including this year's FYF and the pre-Coachella concert posters, all of which you've seen plastered just about everywhere, including your favorite local music blog. Turns out his distinct artistic vision is being recognized by the world at large.

McGarry, 25, was recently nominated in the Advertising Illustration Division of the annual NCS Reuben Awards for his distinctive poster work for the West Coast concert promoter as well as his work with venues like The Echo and a client list as prestigious as the New York Observer, Bloomberg Businessweek aaaannnnd....the Weekly! You may remember NOIRtorious, weekly comic the vocalist penned with his twin brother and bandmate, Joe. Then there was this gay blowjob comic strip he drew for last year's Sex Issue--we always make sure to give him the most highbrow assignments. McGarry has also recently been named one of the Outstanding Cartoonists of the Year by the National Cartoonists Society.

See Also: Yellow Red Sparks' Josh Hanson Wins International Songwriting Competition

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Revolver Golden Gods Awards - Club Nokia - May 2, 2013

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Andrew Youssef
Marilyn Manson and Alice Cooper interviewed outside the Revolver Golden Gods Awards Ceremony

Golden Gods Awards
Club Nokia
May 2, 2013

The Fifth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards show celebrating the heavy metal and hard rock community had some unplanned extra heaviness with the untimely passing of legendary Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman. At the opening of this star filled extravaganza, heavy metal DJ Jose Mangin dedicated the show to the memory of Hanneman. Rather than turning into a mournful remembrance service, the show kicked it into a higher gear making it more like a rowdy Irish wake.

Fittingly, one of Slayer's co-conspirators in the thrash genre, Anthrax opened the show with a destructive version of "Caught In A Mosh" that had guitarist Scott Ian doing Godzilla like leg stomps across the stage. Special guests would appear throughout the evening and the first showing was mind blowing. Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown from Pantera joined Anthrax onstage for a head crushing version of "This Love". I can't remember the last time both Anselmo and Brown shared the stage together and it was especially touching since they too have suffered from losing a band member with guitarist Dimebag Darrell's tragic passing in 2004.

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Yellow Red Spark's Josh Hanson Wins International Songwriting Competition

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The rest of the world is finding out what Orange County has known for years...that Josh Hanson of Yellow Red Sparks can write a damn good song! The singer took top honors in the annual International Songwriting Competition (ISC) for "Monsters With Misdemeanors" off the indie folk/rock band's self-titled debut album. Lyrics were assessed on the basis of creativity, originality, melody, arrangement and overall likeability. In announcing that Hanson had won the Grand Prize, the competition described the song as "both chilling and tender, squarely leaving you on a heartfelt emotional ledge."

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OC Music Awards: Rock Rage of Night 3 Makes Earplugs a Requirement

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Shannon Nehls / OC Weekly
Beneath The Buried

OC Music Awards Showcase: Night 3

The Slide Bar Rock-N-Roll Cafe
January 22, 2013

The OC Music Awards Showcase continued it's excursion on the quest to find OC's best live band for night three at the Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Cafe in downtown Fullerton. To test the nominated bands originality, stage presence, crowd participation and overall appeal where a few of the elite members of the OC Music Awards Academy which is comprised of music journalists, radio personalities, booking agents and industry professionals who help support our local music scene. Starting at 8 p.m., the showcase featured and interesting array of bands including Anna Vexa, Snakebit Drifters, Fiction Reform, Beneath the Buried and Death Hymn Number 9 who all brought their own eclectic crowds and energy to the Slide Bar stage.

See Also:

*OC Music Awards: Night 2 Puts Singer-Songwriters On a Frosty Pedestal
*OC Music Awards Showcase: Night 1-Detroit Bar-January 8, 2013
*Coachella "Leaks," Confirmations and Rumors


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Announcing the Winners of the First Voice Media Group Music Writing Awards

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Photo by Christine Taylor
Jesse Sykes
By Ben Westhoff

Each week in our print editions and every day on our blogs, the 13 Voice Media Group papers feature some of the best music writing in the country. That's why we're excited to announce the winners of our first VMG music writing awards.

The honor goes to the authors of one blog post and one print piece; eligible were any of our freelance scribes.


The envelope please...
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