Best New Band

Glass Spiders

This David Bowie tribute band started as just a fun one-off project featuring several Missoula stalwart musicians, a few backup singers and frontman Nicholas Ryan. The first show packed the VFW, so they did another performance for Halloween in 2015 at the Palace. In January 2016, the real David Bowie died and, according to Glass Spiders’ bassist Jason McMackin, the group decided to keep going because “Bowie is rad” and because they’d worked so hard on the songs. The band’s musicianship is spectacular and precise, and Ryan embodies Bowie’s cool glamour in such an uncanny way, it feels like a true tribute if not a resurrection.

Finalists, Best New Band

2. Sasha Bell

3. Pale People

Best New Band: Glass Spiders - PHOTO BY AMY DONOVAN
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  • Best New Band: Glass Spiders
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