25th Annual Boston Music Awards: More than a feeling

The Debo Band’s Danny Mekonnen, front row, center, says Neptune is one of his favorite bands to come out of Boston.

Peter Prescott of Mission of Burma, nominated for Album of the Year for “Unsound”

Do you believe the myth that whoever wins Artist of the Year is doomed to fail?
I believe that too much spotlight too fast is not always good for your art.

What made you want to move to Boston?
Art punkers, the girls. It was vibrant and mysterious to a kid from Wareham. I saw DMZ, The Real Kids, La Peste, The Neighborhoods, The Cars … I was hooked.

Danny Mekonnen of Debo Band, nominated for Artist of the Year, Live Artist of the Year, International Artist of the Year

Do you believe the myth that whoever wins Artist of the Year is doomed to fail?

No! Well, at least if we win, I hope not.

Who is your favorite Boston band ever?

There are so many good bands, but none as weird and inspiring as Neptune, the experimental punk rockers/sculptors who build their own instruments.

What made you want to move to Boston?

The jazz music scene. New York was too big and Boston had a good mix of talented young musicians and established music teachers.

Eilen Jewell nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year

Do you believe the myth that whoever wins Artist of the Year is doomed to fail?
No. I don’t believe in bad luck.

Who is your favorite Boston band ever?

Pixies. I have fond memories of being in college in Santa Fe, blasting Pixies from my dorm room. To my ears, they capture Boston’s grit perfectly.

What made you want to move to Boston?

I was pulled into the Boston music scene by some like-minded musician friends. There was something almost magnetic about the community. 

Miss Tess of Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade, nominated for Jazz Artist of the Year

Do you believe the myth that whoever wins Artist of the Year is doomed to fail?

I’ve never heard that myth before. I thought you were only doomed for failure if you graduated from Berklee.

Who is your favorite Boston band ever?

The Coachmen. The musicianship was killer and it used to be real fun to go out and dance.

What made you want to move to Boston?

I grew up in Maryland. My sister is 11 years older than me, and lived in Boston in the late ’80s when the scene was really burgeoning for that stuff. She was a part of it and definitely passed along some of her musical loves to me, including local bands like Morphine.

Artist of the year

And the nominees for Artist Of The Year are…

    Amanda Palmer
    Karmin
    David Wax Museum
    Mean Creek
    Debo Band

25th Annual Boston Music Awards
Sunday, 6 p.m.
The Liberty Hotel
215 Charles St., Boston
$25-$100
www.brownpapertickets.com /event/282105
www.bostonmusicawards25.com



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Local

De Blasio, Bratton defend city's efforts after Eric…

Mayor Bill de Blasio justified the city's response to the death of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died while in police custody earlier this month.

National

PHOTO: New Zealand Heral uses wrong image to…

The New Zealand Herald made a terrible mistake of using the wrong image to illustrate the tragic death of Staff Sergeant Guy Boyland – a New Zealand-born Israeli soldier who…

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.