Critics Poll

The 'Chronicle's music staff rates the best local and roadshows, new acts, and more

Best Local Show

Beets: Ugly Beats, Transgressors, Carousel Lounge

Caligiuri: Alejandro Escovedo, Jon Dee Graham, Texas Union Theatre

Dentler: Alejandro Escovedo, Texas Union Theatre

Gabriel: Brownout!, B-Boy City 11, Emos

Gray: Gorch Fock, Emos

Haupt: Zykos CD Release, Emos

Hernandez: Alejandro Escovedo, Texas Union Theatre

Langer: Young Heart Attack, Austin Music Festivals Spotlight Series, Stubbs

Lynch: Pong, the Parish

Moser: Hardcore Country Tuesdays, Broken Spoke

Stevens: ... Trail of Dead, Big Orange

Trachtenberg: Alejandro Escovedo, Texas Union Theatre

Best Roadshow

Beets: Solomon Burke, ACL Music Fest

Caligiuri: Solomon Burke, ACL Music Fest

Dentler: Pixies, ACL Music Fest

Gabriel: Primus, Austin Music Hall

Gray: TV on the Radio, Emos

Haupt: The Shins, Stubbs

Hernandez: Ornette Coleman, Bass Concert Hall

Langer: Sam Roberts, La Zona Rosa

Lynch: The Neville Brothers, ACL Music Fest

Moser: Brian Wilson, the Backyard

Stevens: Pixies, Stubbs

Trachtenberg: Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths, La Zona Rosa

Local Venue You Visited the Most

Beets: Room 710

Caligiuri: Continental Club

Dentler: Emos

Gabriel: The Parish

Gray: Emos

Haupt: Emos

Hernandez: Stubb's

Langer: Stubbs

Lynch: The Parish/One World Theatre

Moser: Broken Spoke

Stevens: Emos

Trachtenberg: La Zona Rosa

Local Act You Saw the Most

Beets: Pong

Caligiuri: Lil Capn Travis

Dentler: Patty Griffin

Gabriel: D-Madness

Gray: This Microwave World

Haupt: Zykos

Hernandez: Grand Champeen

Langer: Bob Schneider

Lynch: Atash

Moser: Alvin Crow

Stevens: Sound Team

Trachtenberg: Grupo Fantasma

Best New Local Act

Beets: Cat Scientist

Caligiuri: The Hummingbirds

Dentler: Dynah

Gabriel: KaiZen

Gray: The Arm

Haupt: What Made Milwaukee Famous

Hernandez: The Sword

Langer: Amazing Letdowns

Lynch: The Platforms

Moser: The Flames

Stevens: The Vain

Trachtenberg: The Platforms

Best Reissue/Box Set

Beets: The Clash, London Calling: 25th Anniversary Edition (Epic)

Caligiuri: Faces, Five Guys Walk Into a Bar (Rhino)

Dentler: Faces, Five Guys Walk Into a Bar (Rhino)

Gabriel: Roy Ayers, Virgin Ubiquity (BBE)

Gray: Left of the Dial: Dispatches From the 80s Underground (Rhino)

Haupt: Jeff Buckley, Grace: Legacy Edition (Sony)

Hernandez: Albert Ayler, Holy Ghost (Revenant)

Langer: Doctors, Professors, Kings & Queens: The Big Ol' Box of New Orleans (Sony)

Lynch: Ethiopiques Vols. 1-18 (Buda Musique)

Moser: Faces, Five Guys Walk Into a Bar (Rhino)

Stevens: The Clash, London Calling: 25th Anniversary Edition (Epic)

Trachtenberg: Bob Dylan, The Bootleg Series Volume 6: Live 1964 Concert at Philharmonic Hall (Sony)

Best Compilation/Soundtrack

Beets: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Caligiuri: Fahrenheit 9/11

Dentler: Future Soundtrack for America

Gabriel: Lif Up Yuh Leg an Trample

Gray: Napoleon Dynamite

Haupt: Garden State

Hernandez: Friday Night Lights

Langer: Wicker Park

Lynch: Eleni Karaindrou, Trilogy 1: The Weeping Meadow

Moser: AMN 2004 Austin Area High School Battle of the Bands

Stevens: Garden State

Trachtenberg: The Cooler

Best DVD

Beets: Wattstax: 30th Anniversary Special Edition

Caligiuri: Steve Earle, Live From Austin TX

Dentler: Jamie Cullum, Live at Blenheim Palace

Gabriel: DJ Shadow, In Tune and On Time: Live!

Gray: Hank Williams, American Masters: Honky Tonk Blues

Haupt: Los Lonely Boys, Texican Style

Hernandez: Iron Maiden, The History of Iron Maiden Part 1: The Early Days

Langer: Bill Hicks, Live: Satirist, Social Critic, Stand-up Comedian

Lynch: Ray Charles, ô-Genio: Live in Brazil 1963

Moser: Plaster Caster (Xenon)

Stevens: Mayor of the Sunset Strip

Trachtenberg: Tom Dowd & the Language of Music


Beets: Wade Longenberger, Johnny Ramone

Caligiuri: Ray Charles, Rick James, Bob Murphy, Rodney Dangerfield

Dentler: Ray Charles

Gabriel: Martin Banks, Mac Dre, Ol Dirty Bastard, Rick James, Ray Charles

Gray: Dimebag Darrell, Mike Blake, Rick James

Haupt: Ray Charles, John Peel, Rick James, Jacques Derrida

Hernandez: Laughter, ODB

Langer: My ability to smoke in most nightclubs

Lynch: Ray Charles

Moser: Johnny Ramone

Stevens: Guided by Voices

Trachtenberg: Ray Charles, Clement Dodd, Elvin Jones, Steve Lacy

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