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The following are the nominees for the “Best New Act” Dallas Observer’s XXIII Music Awards 2011. Check out the other categories and vote for the best group act, best solo act, best song,  best DJ,  best venue, and several other bests in Dallas. For the full list of nominees and categories, click here.


Born Ross Edman, this Frisco native and self-proclaimed “space percussionist” draws genre-bending inspiration on everything from ancient mythology to the interstellar. Acclaimed as a musician, producer, and graphic designer, Edman once toured with a hardcore band and played in a Mowtown revival act. Heck, he’s even shared the stage with the likes of Braid, Baths, This is Hell and Crime in Stereo and opened for Yelle this past April. For more information on this guitarist/bassist/DJ/keyboardist/ethnic percussionist follow his Twitter, Facebook, or listen to him on Myspace.


Preteen Zenith

Dallas native and co-founder of the Polyphonic Spree Tim Delauhgter is back with Preteen Zenith, a collaboration of musicians Phillip E. Karnats of Tripping Daisy/Secret Machines and Polyphonic Spree-ers Dylan Silvers, Jason Garner, Evan Hissey and Delaughter’s wife Julie Doyle. With their debut at the Gorilla vs. Bear fest at the Granada in July, Preteen Zenith’s next stop is to re-launch Dallas record label Good Records Recordings with some juicy psychedelic recordings very soon. For up to date information check out Preteen Zenith’s Facebook and Twitter or listen to them on Myspace.


The Nighty Nite

Fresh from their June debut “Dimples,” The Nighty Nite reincarnated from The Paper Chase’s ashes in the form of John Congleton and Jason Garner, Wires Under Tension’s Chris Tignor, Shearwater’s Kevin Schneider and Jordan Geiger from the Hospital Ships. Noted as the “darkest” of Congleton’s work, the LP was described by “as if Woody Allen made a horror movie about a punk rock band.” To test this statement for yourself, take a listen on Facebook or Myspace.



Defined as “art punk” Sealion has played several local shows around the metroplex with the likes of the Burning Hotels, Soviet and Spooky Folk. This surf-y pop outfit with a punk flare will be performing with Tim Kasher of Cursive and The Good Life in September. Click here to listen to their band camp.



Simply describing themselves as “artpop” this Dallas fourtet promise to be the “craziest, most dangerous, sweatiest, funniest, most antagonistic and most insanely wild-ass show of the entire weekend.” Described by those who’ve seem them as “intense,” they’ve played all around the metroplex and beyond(ish) this year.  Click to check out their Tumblr and Twitter.


The Two Knights

Besides opening for The Appleseed cast, Miles and Parker  from Ft.Worth and Denton respectively, bring you music you can pet a feral kitten/get attacked by its mother to. These two math-rockers could easily be missing members of the Mike Kinsella collective (Cap N’ Jazz, Algernon Cadwallader).

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