Thursday, November 26, 2015     Volume: 30, Issue: 18

Weekly Poll
What would you like to see the United States do about ISIS?

Air strikes are a start, but let’s put boots on the ground.
Look for less confrontational ways to address the situation, like economic sanctions and a multilateral peacekeeping effort.
They’re a pissed off byproduct of the 2003 Iraq invasion. Maybe it’s time to stop creating more terrorists.
Let’s begin by helping the refugees that fled from their violence.

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New Times / New Times Music Awards


Hip Hop

1st Wynn “Gold Days”

2nd James Kaye featuring Sean Ross “How Come”

3rd James Kaye “Feels Like”


Best Songwriter

1st Spanky “Rings Of Gold”

2nd Reese Galido “Unraveled”       

3rd Chad Land “Cast Away”



1st Nothing Ever Stays “No Sympathy”

2nd We Were Superheroes “One Oh One”

3rd Lulu and The Cowtippers “Those Words”



1st James Kaye “Send Em My Way”

2nd Joe Pilloud “South Of Sunset”

3rd The Noach Tangeras Band  “Walking Out Your Door”



1st Captain Nasty “Samba”

2nd The Simple Parade “Go With You”

3rd The Kicks “Soul Speak”



1st Joe Koenig “Little Miss Kir”

2nd Moonshiner Collective “Good Company” 

3rd Michael D. Keeney “Like A Song”


Best Album

1st Joe Koenig “Bleed Like You Bleed”

2nd Shadowlands “Shadowlands”

3rd Michael D. Keeney “South On 41”


The New Times Music Awards return!

Songwriters, musicians, performers, and bands, it’s once again your time to shine. The seventh annual New Times Music Awards are now accepting entries in five musical genre categories (including an “open” division), a songwriting category, and an album of the year competition. The genre winners must be available to perform during the Friday, September 25, 2015 live judging competition at the Fremont Theatre. Here’s the scoop.

You can enter up to three original songs in each of the following categories: Country/Americana/Folk, R&B/Blues, Rock/Alternative, Hip-Hop, and Open.

You may also enter up to three original songs in the songwriting competition (lyrics must be included). And you may enter one album released between July 6, 2014 to July 6, 2015, for the album of the year category. Each song or album entry costs $10. Entry deadline is Monday, July 6, no later than 5 p.m.You’ve got one month, people! Enter online by following the link.

A Readers Choice Award will be voted on July 30 through August 10.

Winners in the five genre categories will play a live-judged show at the Fremont Theatre. on Friday, September 25, with one act crowned for Best Live Performance. Winners of the songwriting and best album categories, as well as runners-up in the genre categories, will receive their awards that same evening. Tickets available now at the New Times (1010 Marsh Street, SLO), Sun (2540 Skyway Dr. Ste. A, Santa Maria), Boo Boo Records (978 Monterey St. SLO) or at

Find out if you’ve got what it takes to bring home a bronze Newtie!