Best Classical Gas

Tie: Golden Arm Trio's Graham Reynolds/Brown Whörnet's Peter Stopschinski

Adding strings to popular music has been the norm since they first started skinning kitty cats, but when Golden Arm Trio's Graham Reynolds and Brown Whörnet's Peter Stopschinski decided to flex their classical music training and write symphonies, they galvanized the entire Austin indie underground. It was a beautiful thing. Having gone on to bassoon quartets and a half-dozen other classical music set-ups (nose-flute duos!), both keyboardists continue to stimulate the previously dormant classical leanings in the music-loving capital of the world. Combined with the fact that both bands are also two of Austin's best, Golden Arm Trio an eclectic jazz improv troupe and Brown Whörnet the thinking man's punk riot, roll over Beethoven, tell Tchaikovsky the news.

Graham Reynolds

Peter Stopschinski

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