Cohen: Ben Folds Five, Electric Lounge
Gray: Joan Jett, Electric Lounge
Hernandez: Bruce Springsteen, Austin Music Hall/Sponge, Liberty Lunch
Langer: Ben Harper, Liberty Lunch
Messer: Evil Stig, Liberty Lunch
Moser: Cowboy Junkies, Paramount Theatre
Nichols: El Vez, Continental Club
Stegall: D Generation, Liberty Lunch
Trachtenberg: Terence Blanchard, Elephant Room/Bunny Wailer, One World Festival
Beets: The Primadonnas, Comet, The American Analog Set, Furry Things, Liberty
Best Local Show
Cohen: Craig Ross, Electric Lounge
Gray: Phantom Creeps, Emo's
Hernandez: Butthole Surfers, Liberty Lunch
Langer: The Bon Bons, Electric Lounge
Messer: Jon Langford w/ Big Foot Chester, Hole in the Wall
Moser: Butthole Surfers, Liberty Lunch
Nichols: Derailers, Don Walser, Rod Moag, Cornell Hurd, KOOP Benefit, Continental Club
Stegall: The Soulbenders' set at the Ramones Hoot Night, Hole In The Wall
Trachtenberg: Root 1, Liberty Lunch
Local Act You Saw the Most
Cohen: Texas Instruments
Gray: Superego/81/2 Souvenirs/Ted Roddy's Tearjoint Troubadors
Hernandez: Alejandro Escovedo
Langer: Fastball/Shat Records
Moser: Butthole Surfers
Trachtenberg: Creative Opportunity Orchestra
Beets: Hole in the Wall
Venue Visited the Most
Cohen: Electric Lounge/Hole in the Wall
Gray: Hole in the Wall
Hernandez: Liberty Lunch/Electric Lounge/Emo's
Messer: Electric Lounge/Hole in the Wall
Moser: Liberty Lunch
Nichols: Continental Club
Stegall: Hole in Wall
Trachtenberg: Continental Club/Liberty Lunch
Beets: No place to park; Police harassment of bands loading in/out downtown
Gray: Ed Hall broke up
Langer: Clubs close, musicians are poor, and I again have to spend 5,000 words on the relative failure of Austin's major-label contingency.
Messer: Gretchen Phillips gone, no Kathy McCarty, no Meg Hentges, and where's Biscuit?
Moser: Roadshows eclipsed local bands
Nichols: Dejadisc moving to Nashville
Stegall: Shitty crowd reaction to D Generation
Trachtenberg: Still no ongoing venue for touring jazz
Beets: Election year pin-the-blame-on-youth-culture posturing.
Cohen: The lack of success of Austin bands nationally -- though that's nothing new.
Gray: Tupac/David Lee Roth
Hernandez: Sex Pistols/KISS reunions/Canonization of Cheap Trick.
Langer: Michael Jackson is going to be a father before there's a new Guns `N' Roses album.
Messer: Ambivalence toward Austin music.
Moser: It was a good year for music.
Nichols: Faron Young's suicide.
Stegall: The Ramones' career ended with Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornell pushing their way onstage.
Trachtenberg: Jerry Garcia is still dead.
Beets: Plethora of solid local releases; Development of Red River corridor
Best Thing to Happen Locally
Cohen: We don't have to put up with that cheeky Mindy LaBernz person anymore.
Langer: Howard Stern
Messer: PeACh, SXIP, and Terri Lord's posters
Moser: The Butthole Surfers got hot.
Nichols: Gospel brunch with the Asylum Street Spankers at La Zona Rosa
Trachtenberg: 9am-4pm Fridays on KOOP
Beets: The continuing proliferation of enlightening, minutiae-riddled fan pages
on the World Wide Web
Best Thing to Happen Nationally
Cohen: On his new album, Prince covers one song written by a member of the Hooters and one song written by a former Penn State defensive linemen. This amuses me.
Gray: Houston, Atlanta, and Chicago emerge as hip-hop capitals while New York and L.A. succumb to the East Coast-West Coast foolishness.
Hernandez: Sixteen Deluxe gets signed to Warner Bros.
Langer: The Web finally lives up to its promise as an accessible home for band bios, labels, clubs, radio stations, live events, and daily news.
Messer: The blessed chaos of the World Wide Web
Moser: The Butthole Surfers got hot.
Nichols: "Alternative Country" finally hit its stride.
Stegall: Resurgence of interest in Cheap Trick
Beets: The Romantics, Recorded Live in San Antonio, Texas, October 30,
1983 (King Biscuit Flower Hour)
Cohen: Mary Margaret O'Hara, Miss America
Gray: Emmylou Harris, Portraits/The Drifters box set
Hernandez: Miles Davis & Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings
Langer: People Get Ready, The Curtis Mayfield Story
Messer: Scamp's Sound Gallery BBC soundtrack series/Makers of Smooth Music (MSR Madness)
Moser: The Patti Smith catalogue.
Nichols: Ronnie Dawson, Rockin' Bones: The Legendary Masters/ Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin with Canray Fontenot, La Musique Creole
Stegall: Cheap Trick, Sex, America, Cheap Trick box set
Trachtenberg: Amos Milburn, Blues, Barrelhouse & Boogie Woogie -- 1946-55
Beets: ...complacent enough to be in dire need of a messenger bearing the edict
"Let's Get Stupid!"
Music in 1996 Was...
Gray: ... not nearly as bad as 1995, especially if you're that strange kind of person who likes both kinds of dance music: Euro-electronica and Western Swing.
Hernandez: ...very strong musically thanks to major and indie labels signing any musician/band with an instrument. No one heard these albums, mind you, but they were good anyway.
Langer: ...the same year I found less to do at night, gave greatest thought to leaving town, and also wound up loving my 10 local records more than my 10 national records.
Messer: Nationally, any year that sees new Raincoats and Patti Smith albums is going to be better than most. Locally, greed could kill Austin music.
Moser: ...was way better locally than the glut of roadshows and concerts would have you believe.
Stegall: ...whatever you got out of it. Figure it out for yourself, as any rock critic's thoughts on this subject are irrelevant, at best.