Best Of 2022

Best of the Bay nerds recognize They Hate Change. The Tampa Bay hip-hop duo has received an award every year for the last three years, and this go around is no different. While Dre and Vonne have watched their lives change (being signed to indie stalwart Jagjaguwar and going on tour in North America and Europe will do that to you), the pair have stayed decidedly committed to their hometown. They played a homecoming album release show at Floridian Social Club (the old State Theatre) and recent videos have featured beloved local spots like Tampa Theatre (“1,000 Horses), Marko’s Meat & Deli (“From the Floor”), Full Court Classics and Planet Retro Records (“X-Ray Spex”). The best one, though, is the visualizer for “Blatant Localism” which stops at Clearwater’s Dairy Kurl, but also St. Pete’s famous Lorene’s Fish House on 22nd Street. It’s always cool to see folks who get a glow up use the light to shine on their neighbors.


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