Best Live Band 

The Phenomenauts

If you've seen this "space-rockabilly" band, you probably noticed the Battlestar Galactica-inspired costumes, the wacky light show, and -- best of all -- the Toilet Paperator, a tricked-out leaf blower that sends soft toilet-paper clouds wafting over the audience. Group members hang out at a place in Oakland they call the Command Center, and they call their fans "cadets." Talk about shtick. But the four-piece backs it up with solid rockabilly rhythms and amusing lyrics about space invaders and cruising the galaxy. Singer/guitarist Corporal Joebot wears a musical helmet made from a wireless guitar kit and a Theremin, which he "plays" during the crowd favorite "Robot Love (Why Was I Programmed to Feel Pain?)." Commander Angel Nova is on guitar and vocals, Captain Chreehos the stand-up bass, and Major Jimmy Boom is on the drums. Check them out May 30 at the Starry Plough. They are, ahem, out of this world.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)


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