Music man Taylor Steinberg knows no 'sour note'

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Editor’s note: This is the third installment of a weekly series that explores the musical tastes of notable Austinites and UT students.

Taylor Steinberg is a busy man. Last year, as chair of the Music and Entertainment Committee at UT, he booked Girl Talk and White Denim for semester’s 40 Acres Fest. A rising UT senior, Steinberg is now the president of the Student Events Center and is interning with C3 Presents, an events firm responsible for the Austin City Limits Music Festival and Lollapalooza. But work is far from what defines Steinberg, whose favorite things include going to shows, playing the drums, riding his mountain bike and eating at Fricano’s Deli.

During this year’s South By Southwest, Steinberg started playing drums for local band The Sour Notes, who afterward went on its first North American tour.

“[The] tour was great — so great that I decided to write a commemorative haiku for every city we were in,” Steinberg said. “Canada treated us like kings. Chicago treated us like trash. Balance was restored.”

Back in Austin, gearing up for The Sour Notes’ July 8 show with Mother Falcon at The Parish, Steinberg enjoys his favorite Austin beer, Independence Brewery Co.’s Bootlegger Brown Ale, and his favorite Austin meal, Fricano’s “The Ainsworth” sandwich.

“I always get the Ainsworth,” Steinberg said. “Whoever is working there just makes whatever the hell they feel like. And I’m the least picky eater that I know.”

Apart from his culinary preferences, Steinberg’s taste in music is equally eclectic as he listens to a variety of bands, including local indie prog-rockers White Denim and sludge-metal band The Melvins.

Playlist:
1. Broken Social Scene, “World Sick”

2. Jodis, “Ascent”

3. Local Natives, “Wide Eyes”

4. The Melvins, “A History of Drunks”

5. The Antlers, “Kettering”

6. Have a Nice Life, “Earthmover”

7. Four Tet, “Misnomer”

8. Grouper, “Heavy Water/I’d Rather Be Sleeping”

9. Ghost Town Electric, “Atomic Temple”

10. White Denim, “Paint Yourself”