Critics Poll

Best Local Show

Follow That Bird, Headhunters (Greg Beets)

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears with the Relatives, Austin City Limits taping (Jim Caligiuri)

Kool & Together, Continental Club (Thomas Fawcett)

Okkervil River, Cactus Cafe (Doug Freeman)

Scott H. Biram, Scoot Inn (Melanie Haupt)

Any Dikes of Holland gig (Raoul Hernandez)

Possessed by Paul James, Antone's (Chase Hoffberger)

The Bright Light Social Hour, ACL Live at the Moody Theater (Margaret Moser)

Explosions in the Sky, ACL Live at the Moody Theater (Austin Powell)

The Bright Light Social Hour, ACL Live at the Moody Theater (Jay Trachtenberg)

Best Roadshow

Tune-Yards, South by Southwest, Central Presbyterian Church (Greg Beets)

Randy Newman, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Zilker Park (Jim Caligiuri)

Aretha Franklin, ACL Live at the Moody Theater (Thomas Fawcett)

Wilco, Austin City Limits taping (Doug Freeman)

Arcade Fire, the Backyard (Melanie Haupt)

Stevie Wonder, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Zilker Park (Raoul Hernandez)

Odd Future, South by Southwest, Scoot Inn (Chase Hoffberger)

Fitz & the Tantrums, ACL Live at the Moody Theater (Margaret Moser)

Kanye West, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Zilker Park (Austin Powell)

The Bo-Keys, Continental Club (Jay Trachtenberg)

Local Act You Saw the Most

Dikes of Holland (Greg Beets)

Suzanna Choffel (Jim Caligiuri)

Ocote Soul Sounds (Thomas Fawcett)

The Sour Notes (Doug Freeman)

The Gourds (Melanie Haupt)

Butch Hancock (Raoul Hernandez)

White Denim (Chase Hoffberger)

The Bright Light Social Hour (Margaret Moser)

OBN III's (Austin Powell)

Black Red Black (Jay Trachtenberg)

Best New Local Act

The Early Stages (Greg Beets)

Crooks (Jim Caligiuri)

The Echocentrics (Thomas Fawcett)

Not in the Face (Doug Freeman)

Sons of Fathers (Melanie Haupt)

OBN III's/Wheeler Brothers (Raoul Hernandez)

East Cameron Folkcore (Chase Hoffberger)

Quiet Company (Margaret Moser)

Whiskey Shivers/Sorne (Austin Powell)

The La Rues (Jay Trachtenberg)

Local Venue You Visited the Most

29th Street Ballroom (Greg Beets)

Momo's (Jim Caligiuri)

Mohawk (Thomas Fawcett)

ACL Live at the Moody Theater (Doug Freeman)

Mohawk (Melanie Haupt)

ACL Live at the Moody Theater (Raoul Hernandez)

Mohawk (Chase Hoffberger)

ACL Live at the Moody Theater (Margaret Moser)

ACL Live at the Moody Theater (Austin Powell)

ACL Live at the Moody Theater (Jay Trachtenberg)

Best Box Set/Reissue

The Beach Boys, The Smile Sessions (Greg Beets)

Grateful Dead, Europe 72 Vol. 2 (Jim Caligiuri)

Stone Coal White, Stone Coal White (Thomas Fawcett)

John Fahey, Your Past Comes Back To Haunt You: The Fonotone Years (1958–1965) (Doug Freeman)

The Smiths, The Smiths Complete (Melanie Haupt)

The Lijadu Sisters, Danger (Raoul Hernandez)

MF Doom, Operation: Doomsday (Chase Hoffberger)

The Rolling Stones, Some Girls (Margaret Moser)

Takeshi Terauchi, Nippon Guitars: Instrumental Surf, Eleki & Tsugaru Rock 1966-1974 (Austin Powell)

Miles Davis Quintet, Live Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol.1 (Jay Trachtenberg)


Hubert Sumlin, Zoogz Rift, Dobie Gray, Gerry Rafferty, Poly Styrene (Greg Beets)

Pinetop Perkins, Joe Gracey (Jim Caligiuri)

Gil Scott-Heron, Eugene McDaniels, Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Howard Tate, Amy Winehouse, Esbe the 6th Street Bully, Fonce Mizell, Nate Dogg, Heavy D (Thomas Fawcett)

Joe Gracey, Pinetop Perkins, Charlie Louvin, Warren Hellman, Bert Jansch, Austin Sound, Esme Barrera (Doug Freeman)

Amy Winehouse, Doyle Bramhall, Mikey Welsh (of Weezer), Christopher Hitchens (Melanie Haupt)

Doyle Bramhall, Clarence Clemons, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Charlie Louvin, Gary Moore, Pinetop Perkins, Phoebe Snow, Howard Tate (Raoul Hernandez)

Esbe the 6th Street Bully, Nate Dogg, Gil Scott-Heron, Clarence Clemons, Amy Winehouse (Chase Hoffberger)

Pinetop Perkins, Guacamole Queen, Biff Parker, Motorcycle Mike, Hubert Sumlin, Doyle Bramhall (Margaret Moser)

"Off the Record" (Austin Powell)

Lloyd Knibb (of the Skatalites), Paul Motian, Sam Rivers, Hubert Sumlin, Gil Scott-Heron, Joe Gracey, Duke Snider (Jay Trachtenberg)

The 2021-2022 Austin Music Awards Music Poll is underway. Vote now for your favorite bands, venues, and music until January 31.

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