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Best Original Band
This pop-rock-alt-hip-hop quintet caught its big break last year when it scored a spot on the Cleveland mix of former Fall Out Boy singer Patrick Stump's hit single "This City." The party-all-the-time vibe propels the band's Rock N Roll Vol. 1, a mixtape that's available as a free download on their website. There's also plenty of fist-in-the-air guitar anthems featuring '80s synths and cowbell.
Staff Pick: Mr. Gnome
Best Art Gallery
Spaces has been supporting Cleveland's young and experimental artists for almost 35 years now, featuring everything from room-hogging sculptures to field recordings assembled into sound collages. Its support for up-and-coming artists over the years has inspired hundreds of art students to dismiss their notions of what "art" should look like and to follow their hearts instead.
2220 Superior Viaduct,
Staff Pick: 1point618 Gallery
Best VIP Room
House of Blues' Foundation Room
Far above the huddled-mass confines of the club below, there's a place custom-made for the special people, where there are comfy couches, TVs, a fireplace, and never a line at the private bar. Best of all, once a concert starts, you have your very own balcony view of the action — all the better to rock to your favorite band without those constant elbows to the ribs. Or maybe that's just us.
308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583,
Staff Pick: The Velvet Tango Room