The Best of Denver 2014: Music category winners

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Westword's annual Best of Denver issue is on newsstands now. Within it, you'll find several hundred of our favorite things about this city, everything from best handcrafted signs to best tater tots. Go find yourself a copy to earmark and keep in your car or bicycle basket or whatever.

It's not all junk food and arts and crafts, of course. Some 50-plus of this year's best things/places/people/events in Denver come from the world of music, covered here every day on Backbeat. For ease of perusal, we've spotlighted those below. Click on any of the category titles to read about this year's winner. And let's start some healthy debates in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter. It's already time to start looking for next year's best.

Best Jukebox
Skylark Lounge

Best Karaoke Bar
Armida's Mexican Restaurant & Lounge

Best Open Mic
The Meadowlark

Best Jazz Jam
The Meadowlark

Best Blues Jam

Best Blues Club

Best Jazz Club
Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge

Best Dance Club

Best New Club

Best Dance Party of the Summer
Global Dance Festival

Best Club Night
Mile High Soul Club

Best Dance Party of the Year

Best Disco Revival
Denver Disco

Best DJ Party
DJ Ktone's Birthday Bash 6: Denver Got Next

Best Beach Parties
Inkmonstr Pool Party Series

Best Theme Parties
Crowdsurf Concerts

Best DJ Set
DJ Muggs

Best DJ Showcase
Electronic Tuesdays

Best Hip-Hop Hangout
Cold Crush

Best Hip-Hop Brunch
Table 6

Best Club Patio
Bar Standard/Milk Bar

Best Club Smoking Area

Best Cocktails at a Music Venue
The Soiled Dove Underground

Best Metal Brewery
TRVE Brewing

Best Metal Fest
Denver Black Sky

Best Mic Stand
Lola Black

Best Vending Machine
Larimer Lounge

Best Bathrooms at a Music Venue
Red Rocks Visitor Center

Best Experimental Mix
Watt? Amplified and Supercharged Music Expression

Best Musical Mix
Colorado Symphony Orchestra

Best Mix of Music and Comedy
Greater Than Social Club

Best Underground Venue
Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret

Best New Venue
The Sidewinder Tavern

Best Place to See New Bands
Seventh Circle Music Collective

Best Unexpected Place to Hear Local Music
Untitled at the Denver Art Museum

Best DIY Promoter
Zach Smith

Best Underground Talent Promoter
The Hundred/Home

Best Reunion Show
40th Day

Best Album-Release Show
Chimney Choir

Best Album-Cover Design
Scavenger, The Raven and the Writing Desk

Best Flier Art
Ethan McCarthy

Best Stage Art
FaceMan's shark stage

Best Music TV
Sounds on 29th

Best Music Video
"Culture Over Currency Vol.1" Collective Culture Cypher

Best Band Name Change

Best New Band
Inner Oceans

Best Concert of the Year
Prince and 3rd Eye Girl

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