This week's Best of Knoxville issue doesn't have the usual music profile + album reviews + Eye on the Scene, but there's still plenty of music to profile. In fact, it's a pretty handy guide to, well, the best local music. So here's a quick rundown of what you'll find.
• The Dirty Guv'nahs won a record sixth award for Best Band, as well as another for best Rock Band and one for Best Local Kickstarter/Indiegogo Project, for the funding for last year's Youth Is in Our Blood. Here's the official video for the song "Fairlane," from that album.
• LiL iFFy, the Harry Potter-themed rap collective led by Wil Wright, continues its ascent with a win for Best Hip-Hop Group. Here's the video for the song "Wandcore."
• The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra was named Best Jazz Band. Here's a clip of the band performing "Blues Man From Memphis," a tribute to local jazz living legend Donald Brown.
• The Black Lillies won Best Americana Band (and placed second in Best Band). Here's a live clip of them performing "Smokestack Lady" at the Grand Ole Opry earlier this year.
• Best Blues Band? Jenna and Her Cool Friends. (If you can get a pass to tonight's VIP reception before the official Best of Knoxville Party tonight at Barley's, you can hear them live. Otherwise, here's them playing the late Sara Jordan's "Satisfy You" on the Star of Knoxville's blues cruise.
• Best Cover Band went to the hard-working Coveralls; watch them perform the Georgia Satellites' "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" below. The clip is a few years old, but it's also got former WBIR personality Ted Hall on vocals, so it's worth it.
• King Super and the Excellents finished third in the voting for Best Cover Band. It's true that the Excellents frequently play covers, but calling them a cover band seems to miss quite a bit of the band's appeal. If you're curious, you can catch them tonight at the Best of Knoxville party at Barley's. Or watch them perform "Beaches" at the 2012 Dogwood Arts Rhythm N' Blooms festival below.
• The Excellents will be joined at tonight's BOK party by local Americana group Guy Marshall, who have some audio clips available here.
The Best of Knoxville party starts at 7 p.m. at Barley's in the Old City. Guy Marshall plays at 8 p.m., King Super at 9 p.m. Asheville's funky indie-pop band the Broadcast closes out the night, starting at 10 p.m. Admission is free.