Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Radio Station

89.3 the Current

No matter how excited we all were to get dressed up and sip martinis for the season premiere of Mad Men, we didn't need Vincent Kartheiser to tell us how great the Current is, as he did in a recent interview with the New York Times. It turns out the man we all know (and despise) as Pete Campbell has a crush on the station, and it's not just because he grew up in St. Paul. Now more than ever, the Current is carrying the banner for Minnesota music not just here but to the world at large. If you had taken a walk down Sixth Street in Austin during South by Southwest, for instance, just about anyone you bumped into with at least a passing knowledge of our scene would name-drop The Local Show or The Morning Show — even before First Avenue. In fact, the Current brand has grown so strong recently that it doesn't need to worry about the Madison Avenue types; it basically sells itself.

Best Radio Station (2014) 89.3 the Current

Best Radio Station (2013) Radio K

Best FM Radio Personality (2013) "The Common Man" Dan Cole

Best Local Music Broadcast (2013) 89.3 the Current's The Local Show

Best FM Radio Personality (2012) Jake Rudh

Best FM Radio Personality (2011) Steve Seel, 89.3 the Current

Best Radio Station (2011) 89.3 the Current

Best Actor Bradley Greenwald

Best Actress Christiana Clark

Best Album of the Past 12 Months The Cactus Blossoms

Best AM Radio Personality Esme Murphy

Best Art Gallery CO Exhibitions

Best Band Name Hot Rash

Best Band to Break Up in the Past 12 Months Roma di Luna

Best Blues Club Bayport BBQ

Best Choreographer Carl Flink

Best Classical Musician Osmo Vänskä, Minnesota Orchestra

Best Club DJ Plain Ole Bill

Best Columnist Jon Tevlin

Best Comedy Club Acme Comedy Co.

Best Concert of the Past 12 Months (Local) Doomtree Blowout 7 at First Avenue and 7th St. Entry

Best Concert of the Past 12 Months (Touring) tUnE-yArDs at First Avenue

Best Concert Venue Varsity Theater

Best Country Band Cactus Blossoms

Best Country Music Venue Lee's Liquor Lounge

Best Cover Band Tramps Like Us

Best Dance Club First Avenue

Best Dance Company Ragamala Dance

Best Dance Night Get Cryphy

Best Dance Performance of the Past 12 Months Storm, Zenon Dance Company

Best Dancer Eva Mohn

Best Director Wendy Knox

Best Female Vocalist Brute Heart

Best FM Radio Personality Jake Rudh

Best Folk Artist Chastity Brown

Best Hip-Hop Artist MaLLy

Best Jazz Club Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

Best Jukebox The Herkimer

Best Karaoke James Ballentine VFW Post 246

Best Live Artist Zoo Animal

Best Local Band Made Good Howler

Best Local Music Broadcast Radio K's Off the Record

Best Local Music Compilation Minnesota Beatle Project Vol. 3

Best Male Vocalist Astronautalis

Best Movie Theater The Trylon

Best Museum Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum

Best Museum Exhibition "Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera Since 1870" at Walker Art Center

Best Musical Cabaret

Best New Band Night Moves

Best New Nightclub Honey

Best Play In the Red and Brown Water

Best Record Label Moon Glyph

Best Rock Band Bloodnstuff

Best Songwriter Dan Wilson

Best Tattoo Parlor Leviticus Tattoo

Best Theater Mixed Blood Theatre

Best TV Newscaster Jana Shortal

Best TV Sports Anchor Joe Schmit

Best TV Station KSTC 45

Best TV Weatherperson Keith Marler

Best Writing Classes The Loft Literary Center