moe. | 03.28.08 | Austin, TX

Words by: Sarah Hagerman | Images by: Dave Jackson

moe. :: 03.28.08 :: Stubb's BBQ :: Austin, TX


moe. :: 03.28 :: Austin, TX
As the rain sporadically spat down over Stubb's BBQ and everyone huddled under the shelter over the stage, darkness fell over the Austin skyline. Sipping from a Fosters can the size of my head, my nostrils full of a smokey mix of tobacco and bbq, I had one of those horribly sentimental moments. I realized that over my years of moe. shows this was one of the rare times I was actually going to see every note of the opening set. Blame my chronic lateness on a propensity to pre-game until that, "Oh shit, what time is it? CALL THE CAB!" moment. This was also going to be my first time ever seeing moe. west of the Mississippi.

moe. is my Northeast geography. Through Boston traffic jams, Vermont foliage, brutal upstate New York winters and an overwhelming 4/20 weekend in Philly I can't say I remember with any sort of clarity, vacations and days off in college were spent driving to see this band. moe.down marked the end of summer, and planning for other festivals or outdoor shows they would appear at marked the beginning. I suppose I could have blamed the feeling on the lukewarm Fosters, but that pit in my stomach was surely homesickness.

Just as the nostalgia for days long gone was threatening to be too much, "Also Sprach Zarathustra" blasted from the loud speakers and moe. strode on stage. Chuck Garvey dramatically posed on top of the front speaker, biting his lip to keep from smiling while holding his guitar aloft. Behind him, the rest of the band barely contained their laughter. That's the boys – a dare-I-say epic sound, at times dramatic, but always injected with an off-the-wall sense of humor. They are serious musicians that don't take themselves too seriously, leading a strange circus where flashing devil horns are as acceptable as doing a hippie two-step. moe. is my musical comfort food, and whenever I think I may be growing tired of the same old dish, they manage to put some extra kick into the classic recipe.

Rob Derhak :: 03.28 :: Austin, TX
Noticeably absent this night were big crowd pleasers such as "Okayalright," (it was a relief to not hear frat boys shouting out, "Smokin' joints in the parking lot!"), "Buster," and "St. Augustine." First set was solid ground, with song choices that flowed beautifully between smooth, polished segues. Opener "Spaz Medicine" always gets the heads knodding furiously. The high peaks of "Water" crumbled down into a driving "The Road," while a slow burning "Four" slithered nicely into the chilling "Lazarus," which featured Al Schnier shredding his guitar while perched on top of his monitor during the jam out. This was moe. as jam band professionals, feeding the crowd enough steady grooves to keep 'em ravenous for the second set.

Post-set break was time to throw away those glow sticks and fasten your seatbelts. After "Cathedral" things got weird and bumpy. That is the moe. I love, taking us down into some rocky depths, showing us a glimpse of insanity and bringing us back right before we all go over the edge. The absolute highlight of the night was "Brent Black" > "Bullet." "Brent" is always a solid bet if you are looking for something long, fast and funky, but this jam was especially huge: Mac truck-sized, it left severe tire damage on everyone's dancing shoes.

Kicking off from the sharp prog breakdown that follows the lines, "Brent Black, where did you go?/ They stole your face and you missed the show," moe. took a cue from the band that inspired those lyrics. The dueling guitars melted into space and the stage gradually cleared leaving Jim Loughlin and Vinnie Amico to use their percussive weapons of choice. Tribal rhythms spun into pure metal upon the rest of the band's return, as moe.'s unapologetic embrace of all things rock-and-fuckin-roll laid waste to the sonic landscape. Stubb's gravel pounded into dust and past memories buried under the music and beer suds of the present moment, the end of this set will stay burned in my brain.

For the encore, opening act Tea Leaf Green (and a couple audience members who were "Way too drunk to be on stage," as Schnier noted) joined moe. for the Pogues-esque drinking song "Raise a Glass." Following the group sing along, the night capped with a moe. only "Not Coming Down." Rob Derhak's speedy, slapping bassline never ceases to find its way right into my gut, shaking me from the inside out. I've been on this moe. trip for awhile now, and I don't see myself coming down any time soon. After all, it's where I feel most at home.

03.28.08 :: Stubb's BBQ :: Austin, TX
Set I: Spaz Medicine, Down Boy, Water > The Road, Sticks and Stones, Four > Lazarus
Set II: Stranger Than Fiction, Runaway Overlude, She, Cathedral, Brent Black > Bullet > Water
Encore: Raise A Glass*, Not Coming Down
*with Tea Leaf Green

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Comments

moephishH2O starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/8/2008 04:51PM
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moephishH2O

Great read, Sarah! TLG > moe + Texas BBQ = DAMN GOOD TIME!

Beaser starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/8/2008 04:56PM
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Beaser

Great review...makes me wish I could've been there, but I already got my moe.down ticket so I'm not to worried.

FreshFlavor starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/8/2008 05:31PM
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FreshFlavor

Excellent review...The clarity in your analogies with their music and vibe really show your personal connection with the band. I felt you really captured the energy on and off the stage. Eager to DL this bad boy and check out. Moe. Down is my last summer hurrah as well.

thecurtainhasclosed Tue 4/8/2008 07:24PM
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thecurtainhasclosed

This was a good show, wouldnt recommend dosing at Stubbs though. What a weird cab ride home. Good Times!

lemak91 Tue 4/8/2008 07:39PM
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lemak91

caught the show in dallas and was awesome. moe.ron for life.

phaslam starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/8/2008 08:50PM
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phaslam

Great review, I definitely have that innate love of moe. as well and will always enjoy seeing them in new places. CHUCK IS SATIN!!

kandrokitis starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/8/2008 08:56PM
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kandrokitis

moe.'s been bringin it hard this tour. caught the philly show and they blew me away.

Jukebox Hero Tue 4/8/2008 09:04PM
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Jukebox Hero

Chuck is SATIN? Does that mean Al is rayon? Rob? Definitely flannel.

tourfan starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/8/2008 09:18PM
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^^^^^^^ AAAAAHHHHHHH HHHHAAAAAAAAAAA^^^^^^^^^ Thank you, I needed that before I nod off!

Jameseari starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/8/2008 11:41PM
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Here is a review and pictures from the moe./Tea Leaf Green show in Houston a couple nights later:

http://breakfastontour.com/drupal/moe+and+tea+leaf+green+at+the+meridan

stoops Wed 4/9/2008 08:09AM
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stoops

though seemingy concise, i liked the review too. i also sensed, via your words, a connection with moe that i too share with this band. i'm glad folks had fun. maybe they aren't all my favorites but the songs in philly were a little better...and dc oh shit. great show. anybody catch norfolf on sunday?

TXfarmhouse starstarstar Wed 4/9/2008 09:02AM
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TXfarmhouse

Thanks for the review and images. I missed this show due to a wedding in San Antonio. Its great to know all of you had a great time. Next time I am end a friendship to see moe. .

travis7 starstarstarstarstar Wed 4/9/2008 09:15AM
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WOW!!!! IT'S BEEN A WHILE SINCE IV'E SEEN THIS CRAZY BUNCH..BUT ANY HOO! I JUST SAW THE FELLAS IN NORFOLK VA...NICE CROWD, GREAT VENUE AND WHEEW! NICE JOB! SICK!!!!!!!!!OH YEAH ABOUT THIS SHOW JUST DOWNLOADED IT GREAT SHOW, GREAT ARTICLE.... CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THESE MOFO'S AGAIN............RAISE A GLASS!!!so cliche ha ha ha ha!

milo420dmb starstarstarstar Wed 4/9/2008 09:53AM
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nice article, great pics

jeffro87 Wed 4/9/2008 11:20AM
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HEY CHUCK!

gmoo Wed 4/9/2008 01:31PM
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gmoo

Lazerus is da jam.

Deklen Thu 4/10/2008 09:59AM
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Deklen

I was there...after 36 hours in airports. What a way to arrive in Austin though, a cold lone star and a great show.

I want to note the Vibraphone player's skills that night, he was absolutely amazing.

Stubbs is the shit!

phishr82 Thu 4/10/2008 12:10PM
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phishr82

dude in the flannel in the last pic looks like he's passed out.

CaptColorado starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/10/2008 03:53PM
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The one thing about moe. is that it is really hard to tell how good a show was merely based off of the setlist. They either do it right or stutter. This show like the last 2 shows I've seen them play recently (NYE/NYC & Red Rocks with Salmon) have been REEEEAAAALLLLLY GOOD. Thanks to Etch for asking me the magic question early in the night and the HIGH TIMES that followed!!! Even though I will always be Captain Colorado, I've been living in Austin for the last 4 years and I gotta say, it get easier every day!! Sure it's HOT as HELL June-October, but despite that 'm finding it to b one of the coolest places on EARTH. It's basically an island floating in the middle of Tex-ASS. While it claims the title of Music Capital of the World, Denver still has WAY more quality mid-size venues (500+ capaity)

Trust me I keep Austin Weird!

DO NOT SKIP moe. IF THEY PLAY NEAR YOU, THIS COULD BE THE END FOR A WHILE

CaptColorado starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/10/2008 03:56PM
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Oh yeah, the guy in the flannel who looks like he is gonna fall over is Josh Clark the guitarist for TLG

FreshFlavor starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/10/2008 08:25PM
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FreshFlavor

Haha wow that's Josh. Dude put on some serious weight on tour. Must be hitten the bar hard, thats 100% bourbon and froth frass going on right there.

johnnyblaze36 starstarstarstarstar Fri 4/11/2008 01:05PM
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Fantastic review. The show was indeed killer as was the next night in Dallas. These two lines particularly got me and brought back some great memories:

"vacations and days off in college were spent driving to see this band."

"I've been on this moe. trip for awhile now, and I don't see myself coming down any time soon. After all, it's where I feel most at home."

Now that's just plain AWESOME. Thanks.

raygilly Thu 4/17/2008 02:39PM
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raygilly

lovely review and sweet pics! captaincolorado i have been listening to moe.'s nyc/nye show at radio city and i am obsessed, it's the best live recording of moe. i have ever heard! can't wait to see them this summer. and i love your denver shout out, have you seen owsley's golden road yet?!?!?!?! IT'S SIIIIIIIIIIIIIICK.period

it's totally going to make a colorado summer that much better.