Critics Poll

Critics' favorites from 2001

Best Local Show

Greg Beets: Pong, Brown Whörnet, Room 710

Jim Caligiuri: Old 97's, Slobberbone, Stubb's

Michael Chamy: Silver Scooter, Fivehead, Palaxy Tracks' Austin farewell, Ritz Lounge

Christopher Gray: Spoon, Grand Champeen, The Mercury

Raoul Hernandez: Buick McKane, Continental Club

Andy Langer: Davíd Garza, the Mercury; Doyle Bramhall II, Antone's

David Lynch: Pong, Red Eyed Fly

Margaret Moser: Soap Creek Reunion, La Zona Rosa

Jerry Renshaw: Heybale, Continental Club

Jay Trachtenberg: Soap Creek Reunion, La Zona Rosa

Best Roadshow

Beets: Ex-Girl w/ Robin "M" Harris, Red Eyed Fly; Bellrays, White Stripes, Room 710

Michael Bertin: Beulah, Stubb's

Caligiuri: Lucinda Williams, Jim Lauderdale, Backyard

Chamy: Mogwai, Austin Music Hall & La Zona Rosa

Gray: U2, Frank Erwin Center, Reunion Arena (Dallas), and Compaq Center (Houston)

Hernandez: Air, La Zona Rosa

Langer: The Cult, Stubb's

Lynch: Femi Kuti, Stubb's

Moser: U2, Frank Erwin Center; Gregg Allman, La Zona Rosa

Renshaw: Drive-By Truckers, Triple Crown Pub (San Marcos)

Trachtenberg: Los Lobos, Stubb's; OutKast, Austin Music Hall

Local Band You Saw the Most

Beets: Pong

Bertin: Li'l Cap'n Travis

Caligiuri: Dale Watson & His Lone Stars

Chamy: Fivehead; Explosions in the Sky

Gray: Kissinger; Jane Bond

Hernandez: Derailers

Langer: Lonelyland

Lynch: Damnations

Moser: Toni Price

Renshaw: Roy Heinrich & the Pickups

Trachtenberg: Redd Volkaert; La Tribu

Club You Visited the Most

Beets: Room 710

Bertin: Stubb's

Caligiuri: Continental Club

Chamy: The Mercury

Gray: Beerland

Hernandez: Continental Club

Langer: Antone's

Lynch: Continental Club; The Mercury

Moser: Antone's

Renshaw: Hole in the Wall

Trachtenberg: Continental Club

Best New Local Act

Beets: Tuna Helpers

Bertin: Grand Champeen (not that new)

Caligiuri: Caroline Herring

Chamy: Shearwater

Gray: Masonic

Hernandez: Those Peabodys

Langer: Masonic

Lynch: Divahn

Moser: Caroline Herring

Renshaw: The Converters

Trachtenberg: Gnappy

Notable Passing

Beets: Joey Ramone; George Harrison

Bertin: Joey Ramone; George Harrison

Caligiuri: George Harrison

Chamy: Joey Ramone; Richie Lee (Acetone); Michael Karoli (Can)

Gray: Boozoo Chavis; Aaliyah; Jack Lemmon

Hernandez: Joey Ramone; John Lewis; Tommy Flannagan

Langer: Mambo John Treanor

Lynch: The Voices of Christ; George Harrison

Moser: Joey Ramone; George Harrison; Robbie Jacks; Champ Hood; Shoeshine Charley Miller; Mambo John Treanor; 343 members of the NYPD and FDNY; about 3,000 citizen heroes

Renshaw: Red Eyed Fly

Trachtenberg: Drummers Billy Higgins and Mambo John Treanor

Best Box Set/Reissue

Beets: Ramones, Ramones, Leave Home, Rocket to Russia, Leave Home

Bertin: The Soft Boys, Underwater Moonlight

Caligiuri: Gary Stewart, Out of Hand/Your Place or Mine

Chamy: Neu!, Neu!2, and Neu!3

Gray: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Street Survivors

Hernandez: Charley Patton, Screamin' & Hollerin' the Blues

Langer: De La Soul, 3 Feet High and Rising

Lynch: Artie Shaw, Self-Portrait

Moser: Ramones, Ramones, Leave Home, Rocket to Russia, Road to Ruin / Omar & the Howlers, Hard Times in the Land of Plenty, Wall of Pride

Renshaw: X reissues

Trachtenberg: Billie Holiday, Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia 1933-44

Best Soundtrack

Beets: Waking Life

Bertin: The Royal Tenenbaums

Caligiuri: Grateful Dawg

Chamy: George Washington

Gray: Moulin Rouge

Hernandez: Before Night Falls

Langer: Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records

Lynch: Mulholland Drive

Moser: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Renshaw: Ghost World

Trachtenberg: Grateful Dawg

Best Song

Beets: Destiny's Child, "Bootylicious"

Bertin: Bob Dylan, "Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum"

Caligiuri: Bruce Robison, "What Would Willie Do?"

Chamy: Lift to Experience, "These Are the Days"

Gray: Destiny's Child, "Bootylicious"; Mary J. Blige, "Family Affair" (tie)

Hernandez: U2, "Stuck In a Moment You Can't Get Out Of"

Langer: OutKast, "Ms. Jackson"

Lynch: Tool, "Schism"

Moser: Enya, "Only Time"

Renshaw: Was there one?

Trachtenberg: Delbert McClinton, "When Rita Leaves"

Musical Event

Beets: Willie Nelson's "America the Beautiful" finale on America: A Tribute to Heroes

Bertin: Backstreet's A.J. going into rehab

Caligiuri: Twangfest in St. Louis

Chamy: Explosions in the Sky/explosions in the sky

Gray: The Last Temptation of Superego, Hole in the Wall

Hernandez: U2 @ Erwin Center

Langer: America: A Tribute to Heroes

Lynch: MP3

Moser: U2's in-concert tribute to the 9/11 victims

Renshaw: The Twangbangers, Continental Club

Trachtenberg: SXSW

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