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Best Local Musician 

Thomas Paul Have guitar, will take awesome  photo.

Laurie Pearman

Thomas Paul Have guitar, will take awesome photo.

Thomas Paul

On his Facebook music page, Thomas Paul cites Jeff Buckley, Bjork, Willie Nelson, Leonard Bernstein and Gustav Holst as influences. With other artists, a list like this might seem too miscellaneous or laughably pretentious. With Paul—who can play rock, jazz, country and whatever else he puts his mind to—it just seems accurate.

2nd Place: Zero—Slowly but surely, hip-hop artists have been establishing a beachhead in the local music scene. Boise is now home to a number of driven, talented DJs and MCs. Among them is Cornell Johnson, aka Zero, whose anti-suicide rap "Suicide Letter" earned attention last February from KIVI-TV. His forceful flow and quick-witted lyrics should receive even more praise in the near future.

<p>3rd Place: Mill Bill—"Shout-out to all of my motherfuckin' haters," Mill Bill declares on the lead track of his new EP, Past Due (self-released, 2016). Given his presence on this list, the people who love this local rapper may outnumber the mo fo's. Those unfamiliar with his creeping beats and clipped, raspy vocals can hear them when he opens for The Game at the Revolution Concert House in October.


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