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When Revolver had its big coming-out party, it did so with a flourish. Or maybe it was a sucker punch. The team behind the upstart publication hosted a too-surreal-to-be-believed boxing event at the Uppercut Gym in Northeast, where they pitted some of their friends (!) against each other for a night of hilarious, and slightly cringe-worthy, bouts in the squared circle. Granted, that was all the way back in the fall of 2012, which may as well be an eternity ago. Since then, Revolver has been pulling out all the stops for its various events and book launches, which are, more often than not, more like multimedia-smorgasbords than mere book readings. "After," their show at Art-a-Whirl, was a collaborative art installation; "Desk," which took place in concert with Paper Darts' superb pop-up space at SooLocal last summer, invited artists and writers to destroy a desk and piece it back together as they saw fit; and "Write Fight," held during Northern Spark, reprised the boxing motif with a brainier (if no less violent) head-to-head story competition. But this past January's "Revolver at the Ritz" may have been the ultimate: a series of 12 skits that included novel pitches, Wikipedia spoofs, live music, and, of course, wrestling. It's through such madness that Revolver reminds us literature is more than some lifeless, antiquated relic; it's a living, breathing form of expression — something to sweat, shout, and fight over.

Best "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" Performance at Target Field Four Fists

Best Acoustic Performer Ashley Gold

Best Actor John Catron

Best Actress Sally Wingert

Best Album Cover Prince, The Breakfast Experience

Best Album of the Past Year Lizzo, Lizzobangers

Best All-Ages Venue The Cedar Cultural Center

Best Art Gallery Public Functionary

Best Author We Like to Claim as Our Own Neil Gaiman

Best Band Name Tree Blood

Best Band to Break Up in the Past Year The Goondas

Best Bar Game The Match Game at the 331 Club

Best Club DJ DJ Shannon Blowtorch

Best Comedy Club Acme Comedy Co.

Best Concert Controversy Low's "Drone Not Drones" Rock the Garden performance

Best Concert of the Past 12 Months (Local) Totally Gross National Party at Icehouse

Best Concert of the Past 12 Months (Touring) D'Angelo & Questlove at First Avenue

Best Concert Venue First Avenue

Best Cover Band Wangs

Best Cover Song The Cactus Blossoms, "This Boy"

Best Dance Club Clubhouse Jäger

Best Dance Night Transmission

Best Director Amy Rummenie

Best Emerging Actor David Darrow

Best Emerging Actress Traci Allen

Best Ensemble To the Moon!

Best EP Fury Things, EP 2

Best Family Band The Hanson Brothers

Best Fashion Show The Shows

Best Hip-Hop Artist Allan Kingdom

Best Hip-Hop Festival Soundset

Best Jam Band Night Phoenix

Best Jazz Artist Dave King Trucking Company

Best Jazz Club Dakota Jazz Club

Best Jukebox CC Club

Best Karaoke Vegas Lounge

Best Live Artist Prof

Best Local Author Andy Sturdevant

Best Local Cartoonist Brittney Sabo

Best Local Designer Lindsey Hopkins

Best Local Music Compilation Piñata Records' Hit Parade Sampler

Best Local Record Label Totally Gross National Product

Best Mixtape P.O.S., WDELH/MDS/RMX

Best Movie Theater The Riverview

Best Museum Walker Art Center

Best Museum Exhibition Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties

Best Musical Urinetown: The Musical

Best New Band Frankie Teardrop

Best Open Mic Tap the Mic at Harriet Brewing

Best Outdoor Show Kräftskiva at the Bachelor Farmer

Best Play Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

Best R&B Artist José James

Best Radio Station 89.3 the Current

Best Record Store Day Location Hymie's Vintage Records

Best Reissue Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound

Best Residency GRRRL PRTY at Icehouse

Best Reunion The Replacements

Best Rock Band France Camp

Best Rock Club Triple Rock Social Club

Best Rock Festival Twin Cities Roots, Rock, and Deep Blues Music Festival

Best Single "Lady, You Shot Me," Har Mar Superstar

Best Song About Minnesota Jeremy Messersmith, "You'll Only Break His Heart"

Best Songwriter Frankie Lee

Best Sound Team First Avenue

Best Specialty Record Store Fifth Element

Best Standup (Local) Chris Maddock

Best Standup (National) Cy Amundson

Best Strip Club King of Diamonds

Best Tattoo Parlor Acme Tattoo

Best Theater Children's Theatre Company

Best Tweet from Prince's Official Twitter Account Prince's first tweet

Best Venue Name Fuck Mountain

Best Venue to Watch Musicians Watching Other Musicians Icehouse

Best Vocalist (Female) Ashley DuBose

Best Vocalist (Male) Charlie Parr