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of Chronicle first launched the Austin Music Poll over 40 years ago. It was an easier vote back then. Today there are more bands, more clubs and more record labels. all In this annual survey of the music landscape in Austin, you’re the choice here. “Historical documents,” music editor Rachel Rascoe calls it, and I like the sound of it.
This is a running point for Rachel’s first year at the Music Poll, but she’s been a key part of the plans for the Music Poll and subsequent Austin Music Awards for several years. I asked if they impressed me (the full list is on p.7).
“Last year was a fun year for Austin’s music because single albums really dominated. No one artist dominates every category.”
Music Poll veterans like Spoon, Adrian Quesada and Mobley will share voting space with new acts like Die Spitz, Fuck Money and Caramelo Haze.Rachel thought her return to the club had an impact on the finalist list as well. [artists] I played a lot this year because people had a personal live experience with them. Like, “My band in 2022 because I saw him play once a month.”it wasn’t something we could do [during the worst of the pandemic].”
Voting for the Austin Music Poll is open until January 30th. Vote now at vote.austinchronicle.com or use the ballot on p.7. Winners will be announced live at the Austin Music Awards in Mohawk on Sunday, February 26th. austin chronicleTickets for the AMA will be on sale soon.
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Peeking into the superstition: Cristina Garcia previews a new ’70s disco-inspired dance club backed by C3.
Pedernales Falls State Park (Photo by Gerald E. MacLeod)
Day Trips & Beyond: Cap’n Day Trips Gerald MacLeod gets out and explores nature and history this month with a Black Cowboy exhibit in Dallas, a Quanah Parker exhibit at Temple, and Texas’ Centennial Celebration provides various ways to do so. park.
Game Over: Local queer DJ Y2K explains to Qmmunity why they’re abandoning their old titles and entering 2023 with a new EP and a new name, Turito.
Free Week Roundup: Traditionally held at Austin’s concert venues during the week of cold weather and sleepy winter holidays, downtown’s annual completely free show concludes on Sunday. Look for coverage online next week.
Kaiju Movies: Culture Editor Richard Whittaker sits down with Shinji Higuchi, director of the new Kaiju action movie. Shin Ultraman.
Masa y Más brings Central Mexico to Southern Lamar: Moonshine and the Hopdoddy team’s new taqueria debut this weekend.