Best Of 2022

When novelist and Sarasota resident Stephen King released his book ‘Billy Summers’ last summer, one local musician took notice and reacted. Billy Summer’s EP, ‘Stephen Kings’ is a direct response to the crime thriller. “[He is] a frequenter of venues where I have played and hung out over the years, one of which is referenced in the book. Maybe it's a coincidence,” Summer wrote in his liner notes. Critics have called King’s book his “best book in years,” but Summers has been pumping out high quality, shimmery power pop over his last handful of releases, so there.


Winner: The Black Honkeys
2. Pusha Preme
3. The Wandering Assassins Crossfire Creek
Winner: The Applebutter Express
2. Have Gun Will Travel
3. Crossfire Creek Band
Winner: Uncle Johns Band
2. Pitbull Toddler
3. The Spazmatics
Winner: COCKTail St. Pete
2. Blur Nightclub
3. The Ritz Ybor
Winner: Abortion Twins
3. The Headtones
Winner: Jon Ditty
2. Pusha Preme
3. They Hate Change
Winner: Uncle Johns Band
2. Electric Soul Therapy
3. Elysian Sex Drive
Winner: Corner Bar & Grill
2. CJ's on the Island
3. LaLa
Winner: Dave Flash Morgan
2. Lisa Hutchins
3. Will Blackshear