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2013 Undies Awards

This Little Underground

Photo: Photos by Iancarlo Suarez, James Dechert, Christopher Garcia, License: N/A

Photos by Iancarlo Suarez, James Dechert, Christopher Garcia

Alkaline Trio at House of Blues; Photo by James Dechert

Best album product: The physical Solillaquists of Sound album (The 4th Wall) is so exceptional that it warrants a separate category. With its hardcover book casing, binding and finish, this is really the most beautiful packaging of any album this year. It also just happens to be local. In a soullessly digital era, it’s a material work of art and a real collectible.

Best concert conceptualization/experience: John Vanderslice at the Acre by Dave Plotkin. It’s the rare instance where the show organizer bested even the performers in imagination and execution. And it was the year’s coolest, most immersive engagement.

Most progressive concert presenter: The Civic Minded 5. They probably deserve this every year, but I tuned in more this season and can now attest firsthand that they’re light-years ahead in taste and originality. They bring an enlightened underground that’s thoroughly big-city.

Worst scene development: City Hall’s tilted, tone-deaf and anti-culture attempt to rewrite downtown’s nightlife rules.

Best scene development: The city’s real nightlife builders showing up at City Council en masse to shut that shit down.

Best love letter to Orlando: Matt Pond’s “Hole in My Heart” video. Excellently filmed by local filmmaker and Pauses member Jason Kupfer, it’s the indie bard’s visual ode to his recent residency here. It spotlights the hip, real Orlando and, best of all, features a great bike-wreck/ass-bust at the two-minute mark!

Best fest: Total Bummer Fest. There wasn’t much competition this year, but this art-minded, electronic-leaning indie festival was much improved.

Top local mercenaries: Andrew LaCour, Tierney Tough, Ranson Vorpahl and Tre Hester. These Orlando talents were recruited as official players by first-rate national acts, LaCour by KEN Mode and the others by Matt Pond (even making a national TV appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon).

Best backup for a local: Chuck Ragan’s band for Bartender Brian. While the above locals are backing up other heavyweights, Bartender Brian can boast about being summoned onstage at this year’s Revival Tour by Ragan himself, where they all commenced to perform one of Brian’s songs.

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