One of the toughest aspects of compiling an annual music awards package is working the nominees into 10 distinct ballot categories, which readers then use to vote for their favorite acts. It's a reductive action that goes against the nature of the Bay Area. We're a region of tenuous borders, musically and geographically. Our top local acts often collaborate, inspire, and overlap; meanwhile, individual musicians move east to west and back again — and by that, we mean to and from both the Easy Bay... More >>>