Hex Boyfriend is a female-fronted rock band from Austin, Texas. Why mention female-fronted right upfront? Because it's the heart of their music. (Also, I love seeing strong women in music, but that’s another story!) Hex Boyfriend grabbed my attention from the forefront with their hauntingly beautiful harmonies and how well Audrey's voice blends with Ali's lead vocals. Their music showcases a level of angst and longing with the moving guitar lines and push and pull of their melodies. I feel a certain nostalgia when listening to Hex Boyfriend that reminds me of being a teenager and blasting music in my room. How can you not love that?
Hex Boyfriend will be closing out our OutYouth Benefit show on November 11th at Cheer Up Charlies. Join us and get ready for some really beautiful music!
by: lexi cardenas
Space Heat may be new to the game, having just played their first show February of this year, but you wouldn't be able to tell by listening to them. The band is a synth driven dreamy indie rock band with intricate guitar riffs and pulsing drums that make you want to get up and dance. They skillfully weave synth, guitar, and vocal melodies to create a strong counterpoint. But don’t let this description fool you, the band can rock. Their song “Bleached” is a perfect example of this. What starts off as a fun catchy dance track builds throughout and develops into an instrumental jam session showcasing powerful guitar sounds and that heavy synth that we love.
Space Heat will be kicking things off November 11th at our FullNote Presents: An OutYouth Benefit Vol 2 on the outside stage of Cheer Up Charlie’s at 5:15 PM. Join us and get ready to dance! In the meantime, listen to Space Heat's EP below.
Weekend one of ACL came and went with a flash but weekend two is in full force and we have plenty of show recommendations if you are trying to avoid the craziness or if you just want to keep the party going!
First up we have hometown favorite, Mobley with an official 2018 ACL Fest Late Night Show at Stubb’s indoor stage and it’s FREE! Can’t beat that! Music starts at 10:30 PM!
You can also head over to Cheer Up Charlies for Hikes Tour Kickoff with SMiiLE, Tremble Out, and Whit. That party gets started at 9:00 PM!
Didn’t get enough on Friday? No worries, Saturday has some great line ups as well.
Lamberts Downtown Barbecue is one of FullNote’s favorite venues with a great bar and an intimate feel. They will be hosting Little Mazarn, Sun June, Shrugs and Ama. Music starts at 9 PM!
If you’re feeling a bit more rambunctious and want to get that blood flowing with some dance moves head over to Barracuda for the 101X Xposure Presents Mini Mansions with Go Fever
Music starts at 10 PM. Get there early for a great spot!
Stay safe, have fun out there, get a sober ride! And like we always say, go support some local music!
by: lexi cardenas
Trying to stay away from the ACL madness this weekend? (Or looking for an ACL after party music spot because you just can’t get enough music?) We have some show recommendations for you!
Head over to Swan Dive for The Cuckoos / The Teddys / Animals for Hands / Semihelix. If you’ve heard The Cuckoos before, you already know this show will rock hard. If you haven’t, just trust us. It all starts at 9:30!
Our favorites Raw Paw are at it again for their annual ACL weekend Ditch the Fest featuring Calliope Musicals, Alesia Lani, SMiiLE, TC Superstar, and more of your local faves at Cheer Up Charlies. You get a stellar lineup and if you’re early, free pizza from Via313. WHAT?! Music starts at 5:30 PM and goes through the night.
Whether you’re going to the festival or not, remember to hydrate and watch out for all the new people in town because let’s face it, our Music Capital of the World will turn into the Traffic Capital of the World. Maybe consider a ride share. (We have so many options!) And as always, stay classy Austin.
By: Mo Paynter
One of the most anticipated events for Austin, TX has arrived. What’s that you ask? Are you living under a rock?! It’s the Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL). Whether it be your first time attending or you just need a refresher course, FullNote Records has a guide of tips and tricks to survive ACL.
First, and arguably the most important: BREAKFAST TACOS!
Everyone knows the best way to start any day is to fill that belly and get that blood flowing with a good ol’ breakfast taco. Not to mention, they hold a miraculous medicinal hangover cure...my opinion of course. Some of our favorite hometown breakfast taco hot spots include:
Next up! Check out that weather forecast and grab that poncho ahead of time if a shower is possible! Umbrellas are not allowed within the gates of ACL so be ready to hop from stage to stage with your poncho clad self if you so desire. And always, always bring that sunscreen! No aerosol though. The gatekeepers will surely confiscate that.
A hot topic going from ear to ear this year is the new ACL bag policy. There are lovers of it, there are haters of it, either way you must obey it. Straight from the ACL website the bag policy states:
Speaking of Ears...Ear Plugs! This is a music festival folks. It can get noisy and I’m sure the last thing anyone wants to do is start losing that hearing sooner than you have to. Granted I will be an 80 year old asking, “What did you say?!” all of the time, but I hope to keep these sound machines in full hearing health as long as possible. Austin being the music capital of the world, you can find affordable ear plugs at most corner stores, pharmacies, grocery stores, bars etc.
Stay Hydrated! It’s hot, there are lots of people, and you may be drinking alcohol all day but please remember to drink that water! ACL allows you to bring empty Camelbaks and empty water bottles into the festival gates and they provide filtered water station tents throughout the festival. Although the lines look long, they tend to move pretty quickly so you’ll be right back frolicking around before you know it
Create an emergency contact! Of course we don’t want anything bad to happen but hey, you never know and the quicker authorities can get ahold of an emergency contact the better. Have this information in your wallet, as a screenshot on your phone home/lock screen or hey, write it on your arm if you feel compelled! Also, register that wristband and add your emergency contact to it when you do. You may not think this is important but it proves to be every year.
Ok, so I know I mentioned breakfast tacos as the most important tip but we all actually know what it is: PLAN A SOBER RIDE IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE DRINKING! Yes, I’m screaming at you.
Luckily Austin has plenty of access these days to a safe and sober ride to your next destination. Yeah the wait times might be longer and the prices higher but it’s worth it and you know that deep in your sole because it’s been drilled into your head since your 3rd grade “This is your brain on drugs” days.
If you need a little help, here are some options:
Now that we’ve given you all the pro tips on how to survive ACL, stay tuned later in the week for our weekend show suggestions. Not going to ACL? No worries, there is plenty of music all around town to catch! Cheers and happy Festying.