This year, the 2014 Pitch Music Awards Showcase is split over two nights: This Saturday, July 19, at the Riot Room and Friday, July 25, at Knuckleheads Saloon (lineup details and tickets here.) The PMA Awards Show is at the Uptown Theater, held this year on Sunday, August 3, and hosted by World Air Guitar Champion Eric "Mean" Melin and Mills Record Co.'s Judy Mills (tickets here).
To count down to the awards ceremony - and help introduce you to this year's picks - we're debuting a "song of the day" each weekday until the show from one of this year's batch of nominees.
Back in January, I watched the Bad Ideas practice in a chilly garage
as they ran through an abrasive setlist. This female-fronted punk group's songs are full of down-with-the-man sentiments - you'll hear that below on "I'm Stuck" - and the members perform with plenty of rage. But one emotion I didn't expect was joy. For Dawn, Britt Adair, Caitlin Curry and George Magers, playing in this band provides an ecstatic release of energy, and that - more so than any learned musical skill - is why the Bad Ideas can win over crowds by the end of an opening song.
#24: Katy Guillen and the Girls' "Don't Get Bitter"
#23: My Oh My's "Your Heart Not Mine"
#22: Schwervon's "Land Locked"
#21: Your Friend's "Bangs"
#20: Radkey's "Romance Dawn"
#19: Maramus' "Syphilitic"
#18: Various Blonde's "Downtown Frown"
#17: Chris Hazelton's Boogaloo 7's "The Chartreuse Woman"
#16: Megan Birdsall's "Night and Day"
#15: Kansas City Bear Fighters' "They Won't Stay Dead"
#14: Kasey Rausch's "Heavy Fog"
#13: Gee Watts' "Church"