The 2013 Flagpole Athens Music Awards show, held Thursday, June 20 at the Morton Theatre, was a smashing success from top to bottom. Without exception, the performances killed: The lovely, contemplative tunes of Dream Boat and T. Hardy Morris resonated warmly throughout the Morton Theatre, while Brett Vaughn and Jubee and the Morning After—the former with his Miracle of Human Flight stage play and ensuing rock and roll jam; the latter with their virile brand of funk-addled hip hop/soul power—provided a more upbeat soundtrack. Victrola Rotor Oilmen, featuring members of Olivia Tremor Control, paid tribute to Bill Doss by performing an amazing set of a couple of Doss' most iconic tunes, and Silver Fox honored the memory of Craig Lieske with a touching but appropriately noisy and shambolic set.
Awards were handed out in 19 categories—see the list of winners below—in addition to the Sprockets video awards (the Best Music Video award went to Grape Soda for their brilliant "Obvious Signs" clip).
As has become custom, the night saw its share of memorable acceptance speeches, including the now-standard verbal middle finger from the Punk/Hardcore winner—this year, it came courtesy of Muuy Biien's Josh Evans, who dedicated his band's award to his sister before declaring that he didn't "give a fuck about any of this." Classic.
Enjoy a selection of our favorite visuals from the evening, and watch the video of the entire show here. Congratulations to all the winners—and here's to next year!
Jazz/World Kenosha Kid
Pop Easter Island
Folk/Americana Patterson Hood
Country/Bluegrass High Strung String Band
Electronic/DJ DJ Mahogany
Jam Mama's Love
Experimental Pretty Bird
Cover Band Abbey Road Live
Rock The Woodgrains
Heavy Rock Dead Confederate
Punk/Hardcore Muuy Biien
Hip Hop Mad Axes
Upstart The Barlettas
Live of Montreal
Producer/Engineer David Barbe
Album of the Year New Madrid: Yardboat
Cover Art Grass Giraffes: Transportation EP
Flagpole Theme Song Johnny Roquemore
Artist of the Year New Madrid