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BEST CONCERT OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS (TOURING)

The Go! Team

Admit it. When you first heard the Go! Team's cartoon-crazy debut, Thunder, Lightning, Strike, you figured the band was a bunch of cute little Asian cheerleaders teeny-bopping through their uncle's record collection—an anime-on-acid waltz with equal measures of the Jackson 5 and Scooby Doo. If you were lucky enough to see them explode onstage at First Ave last October, you found out you were only partly right. Two cute Asian girls are on the six-part roster headed by harmonica-wailing Ian Parton and vocally helmed by the shaken-soda-can-energetic MC Ninja. In concert, the female rapper fills out the raucous jams—which range from trumpet-teeming car-chase themes to languorous banjo-riff-driven playground romps—with old-school, Sugarhill Gang-style flow, all while dancing her ass off and leading the crowd through a 90-minute British-teenage-basement dance party. No one left this show without a smile on her face and a wiggle in her hips, especially those lucky kids (looked like 12-year-olds, were probably 16) who bounded onstage to revel in the playfully magic world the Go! Team create—full of crack-tastic marshmallowy cereals and surreal Saturday-morning cartoons, where double-Dutch chants function as dance-floor anthems, and Linus and Lucy snort Pixie Stix for the sugar high.

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BEST ALL-AGES VENUE The Garage

BEST ART CINEMA Oak Street Cinema

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BEST BLUES BAND Butanes

BEST BLUES BAR Famous Dave's BBQ and Blues

BEST BOOK The Painted Drum

BEST BUDGET MOVIE THEATER Roseville 4

BEST COMEDY Shut Your American Pie-Hole

BEST CONCERT OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS (LOCAL) Brother and Sister Summer Camp

BEST CONCERT VENUE Walker Performing Arts Center

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BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS Jazzdance

BEST DVD RENTAL Cinema Revolution

BEST FESTIVAL MayDay Parade and Festival

BEST FILM Hansel and Gretel

BEST HIP-HOP RADIO PROGRAM KFAI The Session

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BEST JAZZ CLUB Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

BEST JAZZ RADIO PROGRAM KFAI

BEST JUKEBOX Triple Rock Social Club

BEST KARAOKE Grumpy's Bar & Grill

BEST LITERARY PERIODICAL Rain Taxi

BEST LOCAL MUSIC COMPILATION Friends with Benefits

BEST LOCAL RECORD LABEL Modern Radio

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BEST MUSEUM Walker Art Center

BEST MUSEUM EXHIBIT Minnesota History Center

BEST NATIONAL TV COMMERCIAL WITH A LOCAL SOUNDTRACK

BEST NEW BAND Ass

BEST OLD BAND Salamander

BEST OPEN-MIC FOR COMEDY Acme Comedy Co.

BEST OPEN-MIC NIGHT Blue Nile Restaurant & Lounge

BEST PIANO TUNERS Gagnon Piano Service

BEST PLACE TO RENT FOREIGN FILMS Intercontinental

BEST PLACE TO WATCH A MOVIE OUTDOORS Loring Park

BEST PUB QUIZ Brit's Pub

BEST PUBLIC ART Local Strategy

BEST PUBLIC-ACCESS CABLE TV SHOW Mikenastics

BEST RADIO PROGRAM AFTER MIDNIGHT The Rhythm Lab

BEST RADIO STATION KFAI

BEST RADIO STATION ABOUT NOTHING FM 107.1

BEST ROCK BAND Sicbay

BEST ROCK CLUB Turf Club

BEST SALSA NIGHT El Nuevo Rodeo

BEST SECRET JAZZ RESOURCE onefinalnote.com

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