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The 25th annual SDMAs spread the love around -- with a few fantastic surprises

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    Tolan Shaw accepts the award for Best Pop Album at the 25th annual San Diego Music Awards at Humphrey's by the Bay on Oct. 5.

    You only turn 25 once -- and the San Diego Music Awards did it in front of us all on Oct. 5 at Humphrey’s by the Bay. It was a relatively tame birthday, with the awards spread across talent (no sweeping like the Burning of Rome’s at last year’s awards) -- until, you know, a little band called Louis XIV played and Prayers took the stage during their acceptance speech with a few choice words for the audience. It wa a different kind of excitement than 2014 brought, watching so many worthy musicians take home a little physical token of our appreciation.

    Though there was no surprise on the SoundDiego team when the second award of the night went to the Bassics for Best New Artist! We’ll be seeing these young gents at our next free SoundDiego LIVE party on Friday, Oct. 9 [RSVP here]! Or we’ll be seeing a lot of one of them, anyhow, since most of the group is too young to actually enjoy the party. (Savor that youth, boys. It’s fleeting.)

    Former SoundDiego contributor Chris Cantore of the recently R.I.P. station KPRi 102.1 joked with co-presenter Woods of FM 94/9 about not having jobs and being taken on as a new morning show team by 91x -- which, by the way, WAS JUST A JOKE, so cool it, Twitterverse -- while presenting Schizophonics with the Best Hard Rock award! Those Schizos also won Best Live Band. Congrats once, congrats twice. We only wish you guys were here to celebrate with/serenade us.

    Also picking up two awards, Slightly Stoopid proved they know exactly what they’re doing. True to San Diego’s unbreakably funky heart, the pop-reggae outfit took top honors when SoundDiego's own host Daye Salani and reporter Dita Quinones presented them Album of the Year to add to their Best Music Video by a San Diego Band award. 

    The real excitement of the night came late in the game, however, when SoundDiego LIVE alum Prayers came up to take the award for Best Alternative for their cholo-goth style. “You know we’re the f---ing best,” said Rafael Reyes, the duo’s singer, standing beside his mesh-topped date. “You are in the presence of legends.” Homeboy went on to give an acceptance speech that referenced Kanye West and Donald Trump (in vastly different regards) that made us thank the heavens for Prayers, who keep San Diego interesting.

    And the winners are...

    Lifetime Achievement Award
    Peter Sprague

    Best World Music
    Todo Mundo

    Best New Artist
    The Bassics

    Best Rock
    The Routine

    Best Hard Rock
    Schizophonics

    Best Americana
    Sara Petite

    Best Cover Band
    Lady Dottie & the Diamonds

    Best Blues
    Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact

    Best Jazz Album
    Danny Green Trio, “After the Calm”

    Best Pop Album
    Tolan Shaw, “Chin Up”

    Best Music Video by a San Diego Band
    Slightly Stoopid, “The Prophecy”

    Best Jazz Band
    Gilbert Castellanos

    Best Blues Album
    Sure Fire Soul Ensemble, “Sure Fire Soul Ensemble”

    Best Pop
    Gayle Skidmore

    Best Local Recording
    G Burns Jug Band, “The Southern Pacifico”

    Best Singer-Songwriter
    Sierra West

    Best Club DJ
    DJ Claire

    Best World Music Album
    B-Side Players, “Dos Generaciones”

    Best Hip-Hop Album
    1019 and J. Treel, “Treel Tales of Number Running”

    Best Hip-Hop
    Vokab Company

    Best Live Band
    Schizophonics

    Best Rock Album
    Barbarian, “Night Blooms”

    Best Hard Rock Album
    Joy, “Under the Spell of Joy”

    Best Americana Album
    Nancarrow, “Simple Things”

    Best Alternative
    Prayers

    Best Alternative Album
    Wild Wild Wets, “14th Floor”

    Artist of the Year
    Switchfoot

    Song of the Year
    Little Hurricane, “Heart Skips a Beat”

    Album of the Year
    Slightly Stoopid, “Meanwhile...Back at the Lab”


    Hannah Lott-Schwartz, a San Diego native, moved back to the area after working the magazine-publishing scene in Boston. Now she’s straight trolling SD for all the music she missed while away. Want to help? Hit her up with just about anything at all over on Twitter, where -- though not always work-appropriate -- she means well.