Bertin: Link Wray, Dieselhed, Electric Lounge
Gray: De La Soul, Liberty Lunch
Hernandez: Friends of Dean Martinez, Continental Club
Hess: Kenny Garret, State Theater
Langer: John Fogerty, Austin Music Hall
Moser: John Fogerty, Austin Music Hall
Trachtenberg: Bill Frisell, Bates Recital Hall/Ziggy Marley, La Zona Rosa
Best Local Show
Beets: Unclean SXSW Showcase: Sons of Hercules, Dropouts, Stretford, Hole in the Wall
Bertin: Beeblefest, Stubb's
Gray: Springhill Mine Disaster, 21st Street Co-Op
Hernandez: Libbi Bosworth, Continental Club
Hess: Gourds, Prescott Curlywolf, Diaz Bros., Electric Lounge
Langer: El Flaco, Morningwood, MTV Sports and Music Fest
Moser: Graceland Revue, Continental Club
Trachtenberg: Doug Sahm's Last Real Texas Blues Band, Antone's
Local Act You Saw the Most
Beets: The Hamicks
Bertin: Trish Murphy
Gray: The Shindigs/Ted Roddy's Tearjoint Troubadors
Hernandez: Buick MacKane
Moser: Doyle Bramhall, Sr.
Trachtenberg: Alejandro Escovedo
Venue Visited the Most
Beets: Hole in the Wall
Bertin: Electric Lounge
Gray: Hole in the Wall
Hernandez: Liberty Lunch
Hess: Electric Lounge/Hole in the Wall
Moser: Continental Club
Trachtenberg: Liberty Lunch
Best Thing to Happen Nationally
Beets: Communications Decency Act struck down.
Bertin: Too busy anticipating the release of Spice World to think about last year.
Gray: Al Gore didn't release an album of fundraising songs featuring Tipper with guest vocals from President Clinton's new dog.
Hernandez: Rolling Stones buy me off.
Hess: The faint but hopeful glimmer of the beginning of the end of the lounge music scene.
Moser: Loreena McKennitt not only went to Number One on the Billboard World Music Charts, but hopscotched onto alternative radio, indicating that the "alternative" tag a) defines nothing musically anymore, and b) still has hope.
Best Thing to Happen Locally
Beets: More shows at non-traditional venues.
Bertin: Relatively succesful major label releases for Robert Earl Keen, Kacy Crowley, and Abra Moore.
Gray: Bates Motel transforms itself from seedy blues dive to seedy avant-punk dive.
Hernandez: Sixth Street sound ordinance comes under scrutiny.
Hess: Victory Grill designated as historical landmark.
Langer: Antone's rebirth, SIMS' growth, Soulhat's reunion, and Jon Dee Graham's comeback.
Moser: Antone's went back to where they belong -- downtown.
Trachtenberg: Roy Hargrove & co's three-day residency during the Clarkesville Jazz Festival.
Beets: We lost too many good people this year to mention.
Bertin: Deaths of Jeff Buckley and Ronnie Lane. How come neither one of them got a version of "Candle in the Wind"?
Gray: Umm... where to begin?
Hernandez: Michael Hutchence hangs himself.
Hess: Ska turned candy-ass and electronica was taken seriously.
Langer: [Modified from last year]: Michael Jackson is going to be a father (again!) before there's a new Guns `N' Roses album.
Moser: Beavis and Butt-head went off the air. My standard for music videos suffers at their loss.
Beets: Blue Flamingo closes.
Bertin: City council gives the Austin Music Network just six months' life support.
Gray: Blue Flamingo closes, while Sincola, Mineral, Phantom Creeps, Motards, and Gomez all break up.
Hernandez: Townes Van Zandt died.
Hess: Danny Barnes moved to Washington/Townes Van Zandt died.
Langer: Live music on Sixth Street, R.I.P.
Moser: Austin Music Network staff having to tread water while the city sharks circle.
Trachtenberg: Continued dearth of touring jazz shows.
Beets: The Beach Boys, The Pet Sounds Sessions/ The Dicks, The Dicks: 1980-1986
Bertin: John Coltrane, The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings
Gray: Boogie Down Productions, Criminal Minded
Hernandez: The Yardbirds, BBC Sessions/Roger the Engineer
Hess: Velvet Underground, Loaded
Langer: Ike & Tina Turner, Bold Soul Sister: The Best of the Blue Thumb Recordings
Moser: The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Different Tacos/The Dicks, The Dicks: 1980-1986
Trachtenberg: Skatalites, Foundation Ska
Music in 1997 Was...
Beets: ...another fun-filled year of celebrity over content.
Gray: ...about 365 days long.
Hernandez: ...the last year the Chronicle ran this stupid category in our "Critics Poll."
Hess: ... a time for the young players to come into their own and save jazz in Austin from the tidal wave of cheese -- which has finally begun to subside.
Langer: ...not a particularly great year for local music, yet another year where I had a far easier time finding 10 local records I liked than 10 national ones.
Moser: ... a great year for touring shows, a very good year for the local female musicians, and the year I quit going out.
Trachtenberg: ... a blurrrrrr.