OEAA nominations; Menzingers and Guerilla Toss tonight; See Through Dresses to open Reverb

The Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards announced its nominees for the 2015 ceremonies  last night. The awards show will be Feb. 15 at the DoubleTree in downtown Omaha.

The OEAAs nominees are curated by popular vote in a near-exhaustive list of categories and genres. The full list of nominees is on the group’s Facebook page. With categories for theater, albums, multiple genres of music, stand-up comedy, visual art, visual two-person art and more, the awards feature more than 270 nominees this year.

But let’s get to the music, and a few quick observations. There are certainly a fair number of repeat customers from last year. Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers are receiving a lot of love as an Omaha band. Very eclectic Album of the Year list.

BEST ROCK

  1. John Klemmensen and the Party
  2. One Eye White
  3. Pancho & The Contraband
  4. Stonebelly
  5. The Decatures
  6. We Be Lions

BEST HARD ROCK

  1. Arson City
  2. Break Maiden
  3. Narcotic Self
  4. Screaming For Silence
  5. The End In Red
  6. The Zero Sum

BEST ALTERNATIVE/INDIE

  1. Civicminded
  2. Clear The Day
  3. Digital Leather
  4. Lot Walks
  5. Oketo
  6. See Through Dresses

BEST SINGER-SONGWRITER

  1. All Young Girls Are Machine Guns
  2. Aly Peeler
  3. Daniel Christian
  4. Jocelyn Muhammad
  5. Matt Whipkey
  6. Mitch Gettman

BEST DJ

  1. DJ Mellie Mel
  2. DJ Mista Soul
  3. DJ Shor-T
  4. E Babbs
  5. Kethro
  6. Surreal the MC

BEST AMERICANA/FOLK

  1. Dirty River Ramblers
  2. Evan Bartels & The Stoney Lonesomes
  3. Matt Cox Band
  4. Southpaw Bluegrass Band
  5. The Electroliners
  6. The Willards Band

BEST COUNTRY

  1. Belles & Whistles
  2. Dallas Hendrix
  3. Dylan Bloom Band
  4. Jason Earl Band
  5. Jimmy Weber
  6. Nathan Wade

BEST R&B/SOUL

  1. Clark & Company
  2. Dominique Morgan
  3. Josh Hoyer and The Shadowboxers
  4. Kris Lager Band
  5. Satchel Grande
  6. The 9s

BEST HIP-HOP/RAP

  1. Both
  2. Latin Threat
  3. Marcey Yates
  4. M34N STR33T
  5. Purveyors of the Conscious Sound
  6. ShooK on3

BEST BLUES

  1. 112 North Duck
  2. Brad Cordle Band
  3. Dilemma
  4. Hector Anchondo Band
  5. Mojo Bag
  6. Shawn Holt and The Teardrops

BEST JAZZ

  1. Escape from Alcajazz
  2. Luke Polipnick Trio
  3. LymphNode Maniacs
  4. Omaha Guitar Trio
  5. Steve Raybine
  6. Todd Campbell

BEST PROGRESSIVE ROCK/EXPERIMENTAL/EDM

  1. Dereck Higgins
  2. Funk Trek
  3. Linear Symmetry
  4. Plack Blague
  5. The Midland Band
  6. Touch People

BEST ETHNIC

  1. DJEM
  2. Edem
  3. Esencia Latina Band
  4. Polka Police
  5. Prairie Gators Band
  6. The Bishops

BEST COVER BAND

  1. 3D In Your Face
  2. Punching Puppets
  3. Rock and Roll Suicide
  4. R-Style
  5. Secret Weapon
  6. The 402

LOCAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  1. Brad Hoshaw & the Seven Deadlies – FUNERAL GUNS
  2. Josh Hoyer and The Shadowboxers – JOSH HOYER AND THE SHADOWBOXERS
  3. Marcey Yates – SOCIAL STUDIES. VANILLA SKY.
  4. Matt Cox Band – NISHNABOTNA
  5. See Through Dresses – SEE THROUGH DRESSES
  6. The 9s – GENTLEMEN CALLER
  7. The Zero Sum – DISSIDENT
  8. We Be Lions – FINGERPRINT

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  1. Arson City
  2. Belles & Whistles
  3. Dereck Higgins
  4. Dominique Morgan
  5. John Klemmensen and the Party
  6. Josh Hoyer and The Shadowboxers
  7. M34N STR33T
  8. Twinsmith

BEST NEW ARTIST

  1. Bazile Mills
  2. Kait Berreckman
  3. Low Long Signal
  4. Shuless
  5. Uh Oh
  6. When Towers Fall

BEST RECORDING STUDIO

  1. ARC Studios
  2. Hidden Tracks Recording Studio
  3. Icon 1NE Recording Studio
  4. Jim Homan Audio
  5. Make Believe Studios
  6. Rainbow Recording Studios

BEST LIVE MUSIC SOUND ENGINEER

  1. Dan Brennan – Slowdown
  2. Chris Johnson – Bourbon Theater
  3. Craig Mustard – Venue 51
  4. Brent O’Neill – Zoo Bar
  5. Ben Stratton – Waiting Room
  6. Jay Wilcher – Sokol

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The Menzingers play Vega tonight with Tiny Moving Parts and Red City Radio. The Pennsylvania-based punk band put out their second Epitaph Records album in April. Rented World, is a sleek, blunt example of American punk rock.

RSVP here.

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Boston-based Guerilla Toss will play the Zoo Bar tonight with locals Gnawstic, Bogusman and Darren Keen. It’s an eclectic, loud lineup for anyone with far-reaching taste in music. Admission is $5. RSVP here.

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The inaugural Reverb Lounge show on Sept. 28 now boasts a great local opener.

The influential indie rock band Sebadoh will christen the new 1% Productions-run venue, and Omaha’s See Through Dresses will open. There are still tickets available for $20.

The Matt Carroll- and Sara Bertuldo-fronted See Through Dresses tweeted its delight this morning, citing Sebadoh as a formative influence on their tasteful, riff-centered haze-rock.

Jacob Zlomke is a Hear Nebraska contributor. Reach him at jacobz@hearnebraska.org.