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Apr 30, 2014
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PHOX Takes Home Artist of the Year WAMI

PHOX Takes Home Artist of the Year WAMI


PHOX's catchy tunes have the indie music world (and us) swooning.

It’s been a great year or so for Madison/Baraboo band PHOX. They signed a deal with Partisan Records, played a last-minute gig at Lollapalooza, performed at the iTunes Festival in London, played a high-profile King Street Live performance and have received countless accolades, including a nod from NPR last Friday. Sunday night they received a few more, taking the coveted Artist of the Year award at the Wisconsin Music Industry Awards (WAMIs). They also won Alternative Rock/Rock Artist of the Year. PHOX lead vocalist Monica Martin was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year but that honor went to another Madison singer, Sexy Ester’s Lyndsay Evans.

PHOX won Artist of the Year over the other nominees which included Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Hugh Bob and Volcano Choir. The latter is Justin Vernon’s (of Bon Iver fame) new band with Madison-based All Tiny Creatures backing him.

Had they had an album out, PHOX probably would have won that category too. That won’t happen until June when PHOX releases its first recording for Partisan. If you thought you’d like to celebrate that recording by seeing them at the High Noon Saloon on on August 8 for the CD release party, think again. The show is already sold out. You can, however, get tickets for their Thursday, August 7, performance at the High Noon (get tickets here).  You can also preorder the new album here.

The band’s August appearances in Madison will come toward the tail-end of a whirlwind thirty-three date tour that kicks off in Omaha on June 24. The band will also make a series of performances in Europe starting in late April and running through May, with a one-off at Atlanta, Georgia’s Shaky Knees Music Festival on May 10.

Watch a video of PHOX’s “Slow Motion” here:

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Rick Tvedt has been a performing musician since the age of eight and had regional success with local band The And. He has also been a solo performer and was a member of the Sled Dogs. He launched the monthly local music newspaper Rick’s Café in January of 2003, which is now publishing online as Local Sounds Magazine. That same year he founded the Madison Area Music Association, a charitable organization that raises money to fund music programs for kids and provides musical instruments. The MAMAs also produce the annual Madison Area Music Awards.

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