Thursday, April 18, 2024

Gem Club performs a Tiny Desk Concert at National Public Radio’s Washington, D.C., offices in December.

Boston Music Awards voting is under way, with performers from Cambridge and Somerville prominent on the ballots — including three appearances each for Gem Club, for new artist, album/EP and video recognition, and Amanda Palmer, for artist of the year, album/EP and female vocalist. Voting ends Monday.

Palmer’s been all over the place with her wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, subsequent video and “Theater is Evil” album releases and tour controversy, but three ballot slots for Gem Club is a powerful statement for a band formed only two years ago, albeit a signed band getting regular press from NME, Spin and Pitchfork.

“Breakers,” the album Gem Club performed as a trio (pianist and vocalist Christopher Barnes, cellist Kristen Drymala and vocalist Ieva Berberian) was called “a gorgeous oddity, one of the year’s most arresting albums of any kind” by Dusted, and is also the source for the band’s video entry, “252”:

Gem Club’s competition in the video category includes Spirit Kid with its “If I Could Lose You”:

The DJ category includes E-Marce, with a Middle East residency, and Leah V, with a Zuzu residency.

In the “best Boston artist who doesn’t live in Boston” category, Cambridge’s Passion Pit is up against Aimee Mann, Bleu, Mike Viola and The Figgs (a list that might include Miss Tess, one of five competitors for jazz artist of the year and a mainstay at clubs such as Toad and Passim — but now a New York band).

And of course, other links to the area are sprinkled throughout the voting, including David Wax of artist of the year candidate The David Wax Museum being a Harvard grad. Ed Valauskas, of Somerville’s Q Division Records, is in the running for rock producer of the year.

Cambridge and Somerville clubs actually have all five ballot slots for best band residency — Club D’Elf at the Lizard Lounge, Duppy Conquerors at Sally O’Brien’s, the Roy Sludge Trio at Radio, the White Owls at Toad and the Tim Gearan Band at Atwood’s Tavern — and two of five slots for best live music venue, including The Middle East and Toad. For dance nights, only Heroes at T.T. the Bear’s Place ranked, but just barely: Also nominated is Make It New, which was at Middlesex Lounge in Central Square for seven years before moving across the river to Rise.

The awards event is scheduled to be held Dec. 2 at The Liberty Hotel in Boston.