What a ridiculously great year it’s been for music in Charleston. The amount of brand new bands alone has left us all both busy as hell as well as super satisfied. From punk and folk to metal and hip-hop, we’ve heard it all and bought the shirt and CD to prove it. Charleston has seen so many musicians hit the studio more than once, play several local gigs in a week, take the show on the road, and even tour overseas. But City Paper readers didn’t just rack up bar tabs in 2014 — they listened, and then they voted for the music that left the best impressions. So congratulations to the 2014 City Paper Music Awards winners, a few of which are highlighted in the pages to follow. And a big thanks goes out to our readers, not just for voting, but for filling venues, gettin’ loud, supporting bands with shots, buying merch, downloading songs on Bandcamp, turning the volume up, and keeping the Charleston music scene alive and well. We can’t wait to flaunt a few of the victors here in the paper as well as at the Winners Showcase at the Pour House this Saturday night. Head over to CityPaperTickets.com for more details on the CPMA oyster roast, showcase, and after party.