Sam's Town Point
"...I'm advocating for a real popular vote: 59 categories determining the top bands, musicians, recordings, and businesses in our community. If you haven't already voted in the Austin Music Poll – make haste..."
"...And yet, here I am, trying to convince you your vote matters. The government may be a lost cause, but you still have six days to cast your ballot in the Austin Music Poll. How Big Is Your Inauguration?..."
"...You’ve waited your whole life to be heard, and now the most important elections in Austin music have arrived – the Austin Music Awards. The Austin Music Poll breaks down the local music scene into categories – Best Performing Bands in every genre, Best Austin Musicians, and the Industry Poll – to survey the musical landscape of the year...."
"...Ballots for the 33rd annual Austin Music Poll can be found in both print and online that day. Like always, it’s based entirely on write-in (or electronically cast) votes, allowing the community – and not just those pretentious music critics – to choose who in our city deserves formal recognition for their work...."
"...As you read this, Chronicle staffers are poring over 20 years of online Austin Music Poll results for evidence of Russian interference. Meanwhile, a special counsel’s been appointed to investigate ties between 2016/17 Musician of the Year winner Hayes Carll and the Kremlin..."
"...Some of my favorites from Free Week's first half: the Jamey Simms Band's stylistic collision of MC5 and Jimi Hendrix, the Berkshire Hounds' clever, soul-infused garage rock, and telepathic fuzz punks Hundred Visions. Since our overachieving music scene stretches a week into 10 days, enjoy four more nights of no cover. Austin Music Poll Opens..."
"...Next month’s attendees will be the first to learn the winners of the 2017/18 Austin Music Poll. This year, for the first time ever, the Poll split into two rounds, write-in primaries and a second round of nominations..."
"...A 35-year-old mission endures: Celebrating the best of the local scene – as determined by the Chronicle’s annual Austin Music Poll – with an attendant show featuring all the pomp and fanfare of the Grammys. Modernized without obliterating decades of tradition, year 36 retools the unofficial Austin prom with overdue tweaks that quite literally signal a new day and new way for the AMAs...."
"...Sun Radio broke KUTX's seven-year streak, seizing Best Radio Station honors at Monday's Austin Music Industry Awards. The community love-in, crowning winners from industry-focused categories of the Austin Music Poll, rolled primo acceptance speeches from the likes of John Kunz, who collected his 35th straight Best Record Store award and noted Waterloo Records has helped music fans survive the Reagan years, both Bush administrations, and they'll be here to get us through Trump's reign..."
"...We winced through the Grammys and slept through the Oscars, but Monday’s second annual Austin Music Industry Awards ran neither self-congratulatory nor constituted self-important ego worship. Popular vote determines winners on the business end of the Austin Music Poll, so the write-in ballot means any trophy reflects true blue community consensus...."
"...Dear Editor, I'm not sure if the exclusions in the online version of the Music Poll were intentional, but there is no "strings" section, no "album art" section, and there is no "write-in" area for the Hall of Fame. There may even be more areas I didn't notice at first glance, but is this how you wanted it? It's sad that such a dependable publication could drop the ball, particularly on the Hall of Fame area, since the choices offered are quite limited..."
"...From the outset, the event promised a memorable night. With the Austin Chronicle Music Poll now in its third year of open balloting in honor of the local scene, and the inaugural Awards Show having proved a success the previous year, 1984’s lineup under the guidance of Margaret Moser and Louis Black hoped to encompass the eclecticism of the homegrown musical landscape..."
"...I pride this city not only as being a hotbed of creativity and talent, but also as a congregation of people with great taste. It's time for you to show it off by telling us who the best musicmakers in town are via the 2012-13 Austin Music Poll..."
"...To the Austin Music Poll voters, I attended the Austin Music Awards show and had a wonderful time. If not for the glaring omission of the Dicks from the Austin Music Poll Hall of Fame [Music, March 14], the show would have been perfect. The Dicks were cited as primary influences by everyone from Henry Rollins to David Yow to Kurt Cobain and can still bring down houses in Texas and California to this day..."
"...Turns out that's an idea that extends beyond booking. Local media remains guilty of playing into the "ladies' night" mentality with their coverage, including the Chronicle, which had "women" as an individualized genre as recently as the Best Albums of 2014 critics' poll..."
"...Ditto for Walter Daniels, whose beefy whiskey growl and harp-blowing garners inspiration both from Austin's live venue past at the One Knite and its present at Emo's. Young Black Joe Lewis sang like his lungs were on fire with the spirit of James Brown at the Apollo in 1962, even falling to his knees at one point..."
"...Patrick's Day we played for a few hundred cheering Celtic music lovers at the Irish Dragoon Pub in Killeen. The next day we learned we were voted the second best folk band in the Live Music Capital of the World via The Austin Chronicle Music Poll..."
"...The number of musicians who would win the polls and appear on the covers throughout the Eighties was amazing; 50 or 60 musicians were being gathered annually, another couple dozen on the road and unable to attend. Some would go platinum and appear on MTV and in movies and win Grammys..."
"...Two things made this year notable for the 19th Music Poll. The first is the striking sweep of awards by Bob Schneider and the Scabs..."
"...AUSTIN, TX, Friday, February 15, 2008 – It’s time once again to honor the music that makes Austin the Live Music Capital of the World! Votes from this year’s Austin Chronicle Music Poll are being tabulated and the winners will be announced at the 26th Annual Austin Music Awards on Wednesday, March 12, at the newly renovated Austin Music Hall, the official kick-off to South by Southwest Music...."
"...For a town whose blood runs music, there's no lack of hipsters, scenesters, and next big things. And yet, somehow, year after year, and particularly in the past few Music Polls, the growing populace of the Texas state capital manages to ferret out the musicians who really are the best that Austin has to offer..."
"...Club owner Steve Wertheimer didn't respond to an email asking the reason for the quick exit of the longest-running weekly residency in Austin. The singer is currently up for an Austin Music Poll Hall of Fame nomination, for which you can find a ballot in this issue...."
"...Paul Ray & the Cobras, which featured Jimmie's talented kid brother Stevie Vaughan on guitar, became local favorites, winning Band of the Year in the 1977 Austin Sun Music Poll – the template for the Austin Music Poll, in which you can currently vote for Paul Ray as Best Radio Personality and Twine Time as Best Radio Music Program. Ray also served as host for the Austin Music Awards for its first 25 years...."
"...Today, Monday, is the last day to vote in the Austin Music Poll. Follow that up with a wintry week bursting with live music..."
"...Vote in the Austin Music Poll – this is the last week – and check out my purple cashmere sweater from T.J. Maxx...."
"...Vote in the Austin Music Poll then go see the Pure Texas Band at the Broken Spoke tonight!..."
"...Dear Editor, I think the Chronicle Restaurant Poll would be far more meaningful if you would print vote totals beside each restaurant listed in the results issue. The results in many areas are, to say the least, curious..."
"...Hernandez: ...the last year the Chronicle ran this stupid category in our "Critics Poll."..."
"...Fellows, I have to say it flat-out escapes me how one can promote a so-called Texas Music Hall of Fame without Bubble Puppy in it [Music Poll 2008-2009]. Not only are we not in it, we have not been on the ballot after 27 years..."
"...Whatever else you might think about the Statesman's ethics, at least they don't rig their Web poll. The Sunday query on the "unscientific" and easily manipulated dot-com survey was "Do you feel safe swimming in Barton Creek?" The choices were "I haven't felt safe swimming in Barton Creek for years"; "I feel as safe as I always have"; and the one they would be glad for you to pick, "After seeing this series, I certainly don't." In Sunday's issue, the daily devoted hundreds of column inches to the stories, graphics, and editorials in its Barton-Springs-is-poisoned package, in which the Statesman compares Austin's favorite urban waters to Love Canal...."
"...A straw poll of councilmembers conducted on Monday confirmed their desire to be rid of the station. The vote for Melchior's proposal, and against the music commission's counterproposal, could be 7-0. Too Late?..."
"...For those who don’t know, Van Wilks fell in as one of Austin’s favorite guitarists in the 1970s and never left that choice spot. Fools raked in local music awards well before the Chronicle started; by the time our poll got going, he was one of the first Hall of Famers..."
"...Their latest release, Sand On Seven (Kool Arrow), features narrative-style vocals recited over a throbbing bed of Sonic Youth/Nine Inch Nails rock & roll destruction. They recently placed second in the "Best Band" category of Rolling Stone Australia's reader's poll..."
"...Last week I alluded to a new study by the all-star "quality-of-life nonprofit" Liveable City about the local economy. I don't know if the group knew that its survey -- conducted during June by local pollmasters Opinion Analysts -- would hit the streets at exactly the same time as the much-feared FY 04 city budget (see p.24)..."