Today is the day we announce the winners of our annual BEST MUSIC POLL, and if you've seen a copy of this week's paper or checked the site you already know that the big winners in Boston were indie/Americana quartet MEAN CREEK. Great call by you voters. P. Nick Curran (who wrote that big feature on them) also got them into his living room for an intimate performance, which we will have more video of later.
The countdown to the Phoenix's annual, reader-voted BEST MUSIC POLL is just about over. To find out who won, check online and in the fishwrap tomorrow morning: this year's Best New Act will be staring back at you from newsboxes all over the city.
This evening at 5 pm, we continue our BEST MUSIC WEEK series of free, outdoor concerts in Downtown Crossing -- with $3 Bud and a wine bar for the adults.
It's been a rough year for local-music dinosaurs. The ever-irrelevant Boston Music Awards locked out the public and fulfilled their mission of becoming an event that only 250 industry types vote on or care about. And the Rumble, along with WBCN, has been shelved by its corporate overlords.
So when we huddled up to start thinking about the 2010 BEST MUSIC POLL -- Boston's only democratic expression of musical awesomeness -- we decided to try something new and simple.