Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Songwriter

The Cactus Blossoms

Brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum grew up in northeast Minneapolis, and honed their elegant country sound in the friendly confines of St. Paul’s Turf Club. The venue offered the brothers an early residency, where they blossomed as both songwriters and performers, gradually becoming one of the most compelling live acts in the Twin Cities. Their unguarded, insightful harmonies represent a stylish, modern take on legendary American pop standards made popular by the Everly Brothers and the Carpenters, with a tender nod to the early folk sound of fellow Minnesotan Bob Dylan. On their stellar 2016 album, You’re Dreaming, the duo refined that distinctive sound with the help of producer JD McPherson, delivering 10 striking tunes that range from wistful country ballads, poppy throwbacks, and rollicking rockabilly numbers. That record, the Cactus Blossoms’ first on venerable St. Paul indie label Red House Records, highlights the group’s heavenly harmonies and sizeable musical talents. Local and national audiences alike were transfixed by Dreaming, an LP that sounds contemporary and classic all at once.

Best Acoustic Performer Sam Cassidy

Best Album 'Wordless Wonder' by Real Numbers

Best Album Cover 'Bend Your Bones' by Fraea

Best Band Name Lazy Scorsese

Best Band to Break Up Frankie Teardrop

Best Club DJ DJ Keezy

Best Concert (Local) Communist Daughter record-release show at First Avenue (Nov. 11, 2016)

Best Concert (Touring) Kanye West at Xcel Energy Center (Oct. 10, 2016)

Best Concert Venue Palace Theatre

Best Cover Song 'Congratulations' by Dessa

Best Earworm 'Phone' by Lizzo

Best EP 'Nite Time' by Ness Nite

Best Hip-Hop Artist P.O.S

Best Hip-Hop Producer Travis Gorman

Best Hip-Hop Verse Finding Novyon on 'Cups' by Sean Anonymous & DJ Name

Best Jazz Artist Zacc Harris

Best Jazz Club Dakota Jazz Club

Best Jukebox Turf Club Clown Lounge

Best Karaoke The Infernal Singalong Machine at Grumpy's

Best Live Artist Lizzo

Best Metal Band Sunless

Best Compilation 'Sound Verite Records/IX Vol. 1 2016'

Best Music Controversy Pro-consent reimaging of 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' goes viral

Best Music Festival Eaux Claires

Best Music Residency Andrew Broder & People: A Residency for Music and Action at the Turf Club

Best Music TV Show 'The Lowertown Line'

Best Music Video "It's Good to Be Alive" by Mark Mallman

Best Music Video Director Mercies May

Best Musical Act of Protest Kitten Forever donate music sales to fight Trump

Best New Band Poolboy

Best Place to See a Show with Kids The Garage

Best R&B Artist Ness Nite

Best Record Label Doomtree Records

Best Record Store Day Location Flashlight Vinyl

Best Reunion Happy Apple

Best Rock Band Hippo Campus

Best Selling Out Hamburger Helper's 'Watch the Stove' mixtape

Best Single 'Kismet Kill' by Haley

Best Song to Cry To 'Someday We’ll Linger in the Sun' by Gaelynn Lea

Best Song to Have Sex To 'Full Court Press' by Tickle Torture & Velvet Negroni

Best Stage Style Finding Novyon

Best Venue to Close Mill City Nights

Best Venue to Open The Warming House

Best Vocalist Lady Midnight