Fifteen music lists from 2003, plus a sample Austin Music Poll ballot. Fill yours out now!

Well, That Was Fun

Has it been a year already? Sure has. Eminem won an Oscar, someone got booted from Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic for smoking reefer, and 2003 is mercifully ready for a toe tag. At least Central Texas was a much nicer place to be than Tikrit or the Neverland Ranch. The world at large continued slipping into darkness, and we just kept crankin' the tunes. Maybe that's why Blender magazine rated Austin No. 4 on its "Best Music Cities" list. Four. Yeah, right. Tell that to the 80,000 on hand for the Austin City Limits Festival in Zilker Park, the 78704 lifers at Threadgill's or the Saxon Pub, and the throngs on Red River every Friday and Saturday night. Don't mess with Texas. But then, who wouldn't take Billy Joe Shaver over Clay Aiken?

Seriously F.U.T.K.: Natalie Maines
Seriously F.U.T.K.: Natalie Maines (Photo By Gary Miller)

Stop the Presses

Hot topics in the 512 this year

1) Rollergirl fever

2) Dixie Chicks: "Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas."

3) Bogus wristbands at SXSW

4) Capital Sports & Entertainment signs on to co-produce Austin City Limits.

5) The Carousel Lounge turns 40, KLBJ-FM and the Back Room 30, and Dazed and Confused 10.

6) Smoking ban goes down in flames.

7) A stricter sound ordinance passes.

8) Billy Bob Thornton is everywhere.

9) So are the Eighties.

10) Musical clubs: the Longbranch Inn and Bigsby's open; Hole in the Wall and the Caucus Club reopen; Ruta Maya relocates; and the Mercury becomes the Parish.


Cool Texas bands not from Austin or San Marcos

Clouseaux (Houston)

The Deathray Davies (Dallas)

The Riverboat Gamblers (Denton)

Dixie Witch (Denton)

Eisley (Tyler)

The El Orbits (Houston)

Fatal Flying Guilloteens (Houston)

The Mars Volta (El Paso)

Molly & the Ringwalds (Houston)

Pleasant Grove (Dallas)

Rusted Shut (Houston)

Two Tons of Steel (San Antonio)

Secret Agent 08 (Texas City)

The Union Underground (San Antonio)

Award Tour

Roadshows worth the "service charge"

Ash, Emo's

Audioslave, Austin Music Hall

The Briefs, Beerland

Cheap Trick, Emo's/Stubb's

Coldplay, Frank Erwin Center

The Donnas, Emo's

Drive-by Truckers, the Parish

Interpol, Stubb's

My Morning Jacket, the Parish

Rocket From the Tombs, Emo's

Slayer, Austin Music Hall

George Strait, Frank Erwin Center

Supergrass, La Zona Rosa

X, Emo's

The White Stripes, Stubb's

Hit Me

Why radio almost didn't totally suck this year:

Christina Aguilera, "Fighter"

All-American Rejects, "Swing Swing"

Audioslave, "Like a Stone"

Chingy, "Right Thurr"

Coldplay, "Clocks"

Dido, "White Flag"

Hilary Duff, "So Yesterday"

Evanescence, "Bring Me to Life"

50 Cent, "In da Club," "P.I.M.P."

Fountains of Wayne, "Stacy's Mom"

Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz, "Get Low"

Brad Paisley, "Celebrity"

Queens of the Stone Age, "Go With the Flow"

Sum 41, "The Hell Song"

White Stripes, "The Hardest Button to Button"

The Perfect Kiss

Ten great moments in music television, 2003:

1) Justin Timberlake nearly cries on Punk'd.

2) Johnny Cash's "Hurt" video

3) Dixie Chick Natalie Maines' "F.U.T.K." T-shirt on the CMA Awards

4) The White Stripes' "Jolene" on Late Night With Conan O'Brien

5) Haydn Vitera's "Drinking My Baby Goodbye" on CMT's Stars Over Texas

6) Spoon's "The Way We Get By" opens an episode of Fox's The OC.

7) Comedy Central's Insomniac hits the Flamingo Cantina.

8) The premiere of KNVA-54's All Access Live

9) The Austin Music Network stays on the air.

10) Britney and Madonna

Welcome Back

Clifford Antone

Ed Hall

Roky Erickson

The Motards

J.T. Van Zandt

Get Well Soon

Alejandro Escovedo

Adios Amigos

Handsome Joel

Tary Owens

Al Ragle


E.R. Shorts

Sound Exchange


Jupiter Records


USS Friendship

Sexy Finger Champs


Kris Van Robbins


National Top 10

1) Drive-by Truckers, Decoration Day (New West)

2) 50 Cent, Get Rich or Die Tryin' (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)

3) Kings of Leon, Youth & Young Manhood (RCA)

4) Dropkick Murphys, Blackout (Hellcat/Epitaph)

5) Fountains of Wayne, Welcome Interstate Managers (S-Curve/Virgin)

6) Dwight Yoakam, Population Me (Koch/Audium)

7) Ludacris, Chicken-N-Beer (Def Jam South)

8) AFI, Sing the Sorrow (Dreamworks)

9) The Sounds, Living in America (New Line)

10) My Morning Jacket, It Still Moves (ATO/RCA)


Texas Top 10

1) Grand Champeen, The One That Brought You (Glurp)

2) Scott H. Biram, Lo-Fi Mojo (KnuckleSandwich)

3) Zykos, Comedy Horn (Post-Parlo)

4) HeKill Three, 3.0 (Cardinal Zen)

5) Trish Murphy, Girls Get in Free (Raven)

6) The Riverboat Gamblers, Something to Crow About (Gearhead)

7) Masonic, Too Far. Too Fast. Too Soon

8) Pink Swords, One Night High (Mortville)

9) Eisley, Laughing City and Marvelous Things EPs (Reprise)

10) Various, Ear Candy (Affordable Sound)

Poll Tax

Now packing a whopping 52 categories, the 2003-04 Austin Music Poll is more thorough than an Army physical. Here's what one might look like -- emphasis on "might":

Austin Band of the Year: Dixie Chicks

Austin Musician of the Year: Scott H. Biram

Austin Song of the Year: HeKill Three, "Dayglo"

Album of the Year: Grand Champeen, The One That Brought You

Best New Austin Band: This Microwave World

Rock: The Real Heroes

Alternative/Punk: The Ends

Metal/Industrial: HeKill Three

Electronica/DJ: DJ Sue (Fuzz Club)

Pop: Moonlight Towers

Jazz: Gnappy

Blues: Gary Clark Jr.

Hip-Hop: Mirage

Jam: Golden Arm Trio

Experimental/Instrumental: Tia Carrera

Country: Weary Boys

Roots-Rock: Milton Mapes

Folk: Li'l Cap'n Travis

Latin Traditional: Grupo Fantasma

Latin Contemporary: Los Lonely Boys

World Music: The Stingers

Cover Band: Oh, Beast! as Gary Numan's Tubeway Army/ Cruiserweight as G'N'F'n'R'

Kid Band: The Distressed

None of the Above: Pong

Female Vocals: Trish Murphy

Male Vocals: Shane Bartell

Electric Guitar: Jason Morales, Tia Carrera

Acoustic Guitar:

Scott H. Biram

Bass: Jimmy Smith, the Gourds

Drums: Lyman Hardy, Pong

Keyboards: Laura Scarborough

Horns: Grupo Fantasma

Strings: My Education

Miscellaneous Instrument: Attic Ted (theremin)

Songwriter: Matt the Electrician

Record Producer: Joe Gracey, for Willie Nelson & Ray Price's Run That by Me One More Time

New Club: Longbranch Inn

Live Music Venue: Room 710

Acoustic Venue: The Parlor

All-Ages Venue: Emo's

Record Store: Jupiter

Instrument/Equipment Store: Rock n Roll Rentals

Radio Station: Z102.3FM

Radio Program: Hot 93.3's live Saturday night broadcasts

Radio Personality: Trina Quinn, 101X

Band Web Site:

Local Music TV Series: All Access Live, KNVA

Music Video/DVD: The Reel Austin volumes 1 & 2

Concert Poster: Anything from Bearded Lady, Factor 27, or Billy Bishop

Writer: Max Dropout, Let Them Eat Lead

Cover Art: Robert Earl Keen, Farm Fresh Onions

Roadshow: Audioslave, Austin Music Hall

Hall of Fame: Bill Anderson, Blues Boy Hubbard, Gary Chester, Johnny Gimble, Mike Buck, Terri Lord

Girls Guitar Club

Who said Austin was a boy's town? Not these ladies:

The Applicators

Marcia Ball

Jane Bond

Carrie Clark (Via Satellites)

Kacy Crowley

Fast Tammy (Eastside Suicides)

Ruthie Foster & Cyd Cassone

Claire Hamilton (the Breathers)

Floramay Holliday

Shelley King

Ginger Leigh

Elizabeth McQueen

Doe Montoya (20 Eyed Dragon)

Laura Scarborough

Sarah Sharp


Slum City


The Tunahelpers

Patricia Vonne

The Winks

Eliza Wren


Richard Buckner

Former Smashing Pumpkins bassist D'Arcy

Max Dropout, Let Them Eat Lead

Her Space Holiday

Will Johnson (Centro-matic)

Neal Pollack

Phil Waldorf (Misra Records)

Feels Like the First Time

Hit the mark right out of the chute

Attic Ted

The Breathers, Work and Sleep

The Dash Kizer Experience, Rise of the White-Trash Superhero

Ainjel Emme, Heartache Is Boring

The Golden Apples

Gorch Fock

The Greencards, Movin' On

Los Lonely Boys, Los Lonely Boys


Oh, Beast! Makin' It in the Scene

Onion Creek Crawdaddies, Barn Burners & Bathtub Bourbon

Pink Swords, One Night High

Rockland Eagles, Rock! Fight! Win!

Tia Carrera, The November Session

Zykos, Comedy Horn

In the Pipeline

Bands with albums (allegedly) due in '04

Shane Bartell


Slaid Cleaves


Dexter Freebish

Andrew Duplantis



The Flatlanders


Li'l Cap'n Travis


The Real Heroes



Young Heart Attack

The Next Wave

Local bands that won't stay under the radar much longer

The Addiction

American Idles


Charter Bulldogs

Choking Ahogo

Enough About the King

The Fighting Brothers McCarthy

Low Technicians

The Rock-a-Tones





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