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Jay Trachtenberg

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Our Music Critics Pick Their Top 10 Austin Albums of 2018

80 local picks from Molly Burch to Brownout

Music Feature, Dec. 27, 2018

Best Live Music Performances of 2018

The bands and venues that kept our critics on their feet

Music Feature, Dec. 27, 2018

Top Books of 2018 for American Road Tripping

Two novels set on the open road and two accounts of life in Trump's White House all made for journeys deep into America today

Arts Feature, Dec. 27, 2018

You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover

Have a sip of Kool-Aid and flash back to the Haight-Asbury

Music Feature, Dec. 20, 2018

Review: Sophisticated Giant

The long-awaited bio of sax legend Dexter Gordon is here

Arts Daily, Oct. 23, 2018 12:01 PM

Review: Lake Success

Gary Shteyngart's novel takes a witty bite out of the 0.01%

Arts Daily, Sep. 13, 2018 11:40 AM

Presidio by Randy Kennedy

For his debut novel, Kennedy creates a road story that portrays the harsh West Texas terrain beautifully and fills it with sympathetic characters.

Books Review, Sep. 13, 2018

Top 10 National Albums of 2017

National themed lists

Music Feature, Dec. 28, 2017

2017 Music Critics Poll

Best roadshow, best new local acts, R.I.P.s, etc.

Music Feature, Dec. 28, 2017


Four novels depict conflict and compassion in WWII Ukraine, present-day Pakistan and Israel, and a future America

Arts Feature, Dec. 28, 2017

Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour

Shoyn Avek Der Nekhtn

Music Review, Dec. 21, 2017

Dinner at the Center of the Earth

A riveting novel in which a Jewish American becomes and Israeli spy and then a traitor to his adopted country

Arts Feature, Nov. 2, 2017

Adrian Ruiz Quintet

Premiere: A Collection of Originals

Music Review, Aug. 17, 2017

Altin Sencalar

Introducing Altin Sencalar

Music Review, Aug. 17, 2017



Music Review, Aug. 17, 2017

Austin Jazz Workshop

Epistrophy: Austin Jazz Workshop Plays Thelonious Monk

Music Review, May. 25, 2017

American War by Omar El Akkad

This dystopian novel of a late 21st century America split by civil war shows how vengeance survives down the generations

Arts Review, Apr. 20, 2017

An Intimate Look at Guitar Virtuoso Bill Frisell

Film showcases an oeuvre of remarkable diversity

Screens Feature, Mar. 9, 2017

Top 10 National Albums of 2016

Our favorite picks from across the country

Music Feature, Dec. 29, 2016

Critics Poll

Music Feature, Dec. 29, 2016

Jay Trachtenberg's Top Reads of 2016

Three novels explore our planet in crisis in Israel, rust-belt Ukraine, and the Antarctic

Arts Feature, Dec. 29, 2016

A Pure Solar World: Sun Ra and the Birth of Afrofuturism

A Pure Solar World: Sun Ra and the Birth of Afrofuturism

Music Review, Dec. 8, 2016


World Anew

Music Review, Sep. 8, 2016

Levitation Imaginings

Sun., 7:35pm, Elevation Amphitheater

Music Feature, Apr. 28, 2016

Los Jazz Vatos

El Jefe

Music Review, Jan. 28, 2016

Austin Top 10s

Ninety lines of listicles about Austin music in 2015

Music Feature, Dec. 31, 2015

National Top 10s

Best non-local albums of 2015 – by genre

Music Feature, Dec. 31, 2015

Critics Poll

Music Feature, Dec. 31, 2015

One for the Books

A Brief History of Seven Killings leads a list of works exploring crime and politics abroad and at home

Arts Feature, Dec. 31, 2015

Way Down in Louisiana: Clifton Chenier, Cajun, Zydeco, and Swamp Pop Music

South Louisiana stew with a side of accordion

Music Feature, Dec. 10, 2015

Los Lobos: Dream in Blue

Four decades of that little ol' band from East L.A. in 162 pages

Music Feature, Dec. 10, 2015

Who Let the Dogs Out?

A playlist for the dog days of summer

Music Feature, Jul. 16, 2015

Texas Horns

Blues Gotta Holda Me

Music Feature, Jun. 18, 2015

Pete Rodriguez

El Conde Negro

Music Review, Jun. 4, 2015

Read My Lips

UK poet-rapper Kate Tempest screams in both prose and meter

Music Feature, May. 28, 2015

Hurts So Good

Our top books of 2014 provided pleasures despite the pain

Arts Feature, Dec. 31, 2014

Music DVDs

Arrows Into Infinity

Music Feature, Dec. 18, 2014

Uncompromising Expression: 75 Years of the Finest in Jazz

Uncompromising Expression: 75 Years of the Finest in Jazz

Music Review, Dec. 11, 2014

Music Gift Guide: Books

The highway of American music culture and beyond

Music Feature, Dec. 4, 2014

Summertime Peruse

Okie from Muskogee still waiting for his crosser

Music Feature, May. 29, 2014

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