Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Karaoke

The Infernal Singalong Machine at Grumpy's

Old-timers know Joel Stitzel from Cosmic Slop, the obscure-music showcase he co-hosted with Chuck Tomlinson on Radio K for so many years. Stitzel has not only forgotten more songs than most of us know — he’s remembered more songs than most of us have forgotten. And since 2010, he’s had the karaoke songbook to prove it. He brings his Machine to Acadia Café on the West Bank every Wednesday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., and then down the block to Grumpy’s the following night from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Different venues, different atmosphere, with Grumpy’s cozy, elongated back room giving it a slight advantage as a karaoke site.

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Best Music Residency (2015) Hollow Boys at Grumpy's Downtown

Best Place to Shoot Pool (2014) Grumpy's Bar & Grill

Best Place to Shoot Pool (2011) Grumpy's Bar

BEST KARAOKE (2006) Grumpy's Bar & Grill

BEST KARAOKE (2008) Staraoke Karaoke at Grumpy's

Best Beer Selection in a Bar (2017) Grumpy's Bar and Grill

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 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 Songwriter The Cactus Blossoms

Best Stage Style Finding Novyon

Best Venue to Close Mill City Nights

Best Venue to Open The Warming House

Best Vocalist Lady Midnight