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Confessions of an Austin Cabbie: Chapter 2


WHEN IT LOOKED LIKE CAT POWER MIGHT BARF IN THE FRONT SEAT OF MY CAB last Saturday night, I had no idea I was on the verge of being vomited on by a rock star. At that point, she was just another anonymous downtown drunk to me. And a slightly annoying one, at that.

I’ve got an unusually high tolerance – even an appreciation, at times – for the late night drunks that pass through my taxi. Maybe it’s because I’ve been the giddy/chatty/horny/annoying drunk in a cab more than once myself.

But Ms. Power challenged my patience from the get-go by lingering next to the cab outside The Ginger Man long after I’d pulled over to pick up the cluster of ladies in a crowd of overzealous cab seekers. Instead of hopping in the cab like her friends so we could pull away from the chaos, Miss Thing opted to standby smoking a cigarette. Chatting outside in the unseasonably warm night with a faceless stranger, while her two girlfriends sat in the backseat waiting for her to join us.

A good 6, 7 minutes passed. The bars had just closed. The drunks were stumbling, fumbling, clamoring for cabs. Sitting here waiting for this chick to get in the taxi was costing me money.

I finally turned to the ladies in black sitting in the backseat.

“Could you tell your friend I’ve gotta get going? I’ve got people waiting for me.”


“Ma’am, you can’t smoke in here,” I said to the blank-faced woman who’d finally climbed in next to me in the front seat. “It’s a no smoking cab. Sorry.”

She took a deep breath, drunkenly tossed her cigarette out the window and slurred, “Sorry.”

As we rolled up Lavaca, dodging drunks on our way to the Omni, one of the girls in the backseat noticed the drumsticks wedged between my driver’s seat and a couple copies of Barstool Poetry.

“Do you play drums?”

“No, not really,” I said, catching a glimpse of her chestnut acoustic Dylan ‘do and thick black-rimmed glasses in the rearview mirror. “I play my steering wheel and dashboard, mostly. It’s a good way to work off my traffic angst. Keeps me from flipping people off and riding my horn.”

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Toadies + Alejandro Escovedo = Two Nights, Two Texas Legends At ACL Live

Texas is known for its music, but probably more so for the hardest-working musicians in the game! Touring and rocking all across the land, the Lone Star State is home to some bands that never say die and some artists that do it all as a labor of love. And one of the finest venues in our fine state is bringing us two living legends for two nights of incredible music this holiday season.

First up is the Toadies, who will rock ACL Live with their unique Texas-branded blend of rock and roll Friday December 28th. We would love to give you Toadies 101 right now, but frankly we imagine you already know who they are. If you don’t, take a listen to “Possum Kingdom” or “Tyler” or “I Come From the Water” and you’ll realize, “Oh yeah, I totally love this band!” Apparently the word around town is the boys will be playing an acoustic set followed by an incredibly loud, not-acoustic-at-all set. So yeah…prepare to boogie!  Joining the night’s festivities will be none other than Austin’s own Taylor Muse of Quiet Company, Lauren Larson of Ume, and Will Johnson from Denton-based Centro-Matic.

Friday nights are meant to be rowdy, and the Toadies have got you covered. Due to an unexpected illness, Alejandro Escovedo‘s Saturday, December 29th show has been postponed to January 12th. Check out this Texas legend actor that’s a little more low key, but just as awesome.

From his time with the Nuns to his excellent solo material, Alejandro’s been making music for the better part of three decades, and he’s grown to be loved by pretty much every awesome musician ever, including Ryan Adams, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, and tons more.  Alejandro will be playing with his incredible band the Sensitive Boys, and it happens at one of the best-sounding spots in the ATX.

Don’t miss two amazing nights of Texas legends still going strong; guaranteed you’ll hear new music and old favorites from both the Toadies on Friday and Alejandro Escovedo and the Sensitive Boys on Saturday. It’s all happening downtown in one of Austin’s finest venues, ACL Live at the Moody Theater. Get your tickets and meet us there!

Wanna DJ Soundsystem Fest @ ACL Live? This could be your BIG break!

Attention all DJs, Disc Jockeys, Masters of the “wicka-wicka”:

We present to you the opportunity, maybe of a lifetime, to spin your 1’s and 2’s and drop some phat beats for the SOUNDSYSTEM FEST party peoples.  This is your chance to join the likes of famed EDM (electronic dance music) purveyors Flight Facilities, RAC, Dirty Vegas, Classixx and Austin’s own Andrew Parsons.  If you need a little tweaking, Dub Academy could help you out, as they will also be hosting the outdoor stage. On the Night of All Hallow’s Eve, ACL Live will transform into a titillating sensory combustion of historic accounts.  Daft Punk, Deadmau5, Kaskade- Heard of those guys?  If you’re not living under a rock, you know that these dudes have the best, most electric, state of the art light shows.  Welp, those same designers are bringing their skills to the fest, because you can’t have a state of the art sound system and a sucky light show- right?  If that’s not enough incentive, 101 X will be in the house.  THIS could be your BIG break!  You will strut yo stuff on the main stage, not that there’s anything wrong with the side stage, but you’ll be front and center.

It’s oh-so-easy to enter.  All ya gotta do is submit your best original track and recruit your friends to vote now through midnight of October 21.  If you don’t have friends, you better do some twitter campaigning stat.  Or bring us pizza and red bull (kidding. sort of).

SOUNDSYSTEM is slated to be the predominant Halloween event geared to EDM fans, showcasing some of the world’s top DJ’s and Artists, combined with an extremely elaborate production that will completely transform the space,” stated Steve Levine, Partner and Head of ICM Partners Concerts Department.

Good luck, little homies, and remember me when you’re big and famous.


Flogging Molly @ ACL Live on 5/18

Founded in Los Angeles in 1997, Flogging Molly has always defied categorization.  The infectious originality of their songs is a badge of honor and key to the band’s creativity.  They infuse punk rock with Celtic instruments—violin, mandolin, and the accordion—and they merge blues progressions with grinding guitars and traditional Irish music.  Dublin-born vocalist/guitarist front man Dave King has said that while they are clearly influenced and inspired by traditional music, they manage to put their own twist on things.

The band is touring in support of their latest release Speed of Darkness, which is their fifth full-length album.  The album covers familiar ground in decidedly new ways.  As with earlier Flogging Molly fare, the songs on SoD tend toward either the overtly political or painfully personal.  What sets the album apart from even its most recent predecessor, Float, is its moderated tonality and quasi-pop feel.  The catchy choruses and polished hooks of songs like “Don’t Shut ‘Em Down” and “Saints and Sinners” show that Flogging Molly has embraced its sonic evolution and is unafraid to distances themselves from earlier, rawer offerings.

The band will be stopping by ACL Live at the Moody Theater on Friday, May 18th, bringing with them a hearty dose of their trademark Guinness soaked folk-punk.  Flogging Molly graced the same stage last year when they taped an episode of Austin City Limits.  If you weren’t able to catch that show, you won’t want to miss this second chance!