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.
Tortuga Shades has been melting hearts in the Austin scene since their founding Summer of 2016. Nadia's sultry vocals and the band's high energy performance make for a solid and memorable set every time. The band has just released a new single, “Future Thoughts” and we’re super impressed. The song drives through with Wylie’s shuffling beats and Nora’s intricate bass lines. Nadia’s vocals soar above, a cherry on top of an already perfect composition. Halfway through you get an unexpected surprise as the song shifts into an instrumental jam section embodying the energy they possess live.
We’re so excited to have them perform at our OutYouth Benefit & Bleached Roses EP Release this Saturday, September 15th at Barracuda. Listen to "Future Thoughts" below!
The recent allegations against several leading Austin bands regarding sexual harassment and rape among female fans has created a hot button topic of conversation that needs to be discussed openly. Is Austin’s Rape Culture within the music scene given enough attention? Although when allegations come out, there is a roll out of support from the community reprimanding people and bandmates for not speaking up, but is this enough? In my opinion no, it is not enough.
An ongoing open conversation about awareness needs to be at the forefront of conversation on a regular basis. The old moniker, “If you see something, say something” comes to mind. This may sound cheesy, a PSA ad for teenagers if you will, but unfortunately, it’s not a cheesy ad for teenagers. It’s a sad reality that has plagued the Austin music scene for decades.
Female and male victims of sexual harassment and rape statistically find it difficult to speak up for themselves in fear of being victim blamed. The recent #MeToo movement has done wonders to open up the barriers of conversation, and yet there is still a lack of awareness that is being made among the Austin music community. I can do more, you can do more, we can all do more to create a safe space and an urgent awareness for our fellow musicians and fans.
While struggling with the idea of touching on such a delicate topic as a professional business, I stopped myself and realized right there that, that makes me part of the problem. Not speaking up instantly puts me in a category that is part of the problem. As a business owner directly tied and working deep within the music community, a business that encourages community support and outreach, it is part of our job to use our voice and ability to speak out to raise awareness for such hot topic issues.
FullNote Records gives our word that we will do more. We will speak up and we will support our community and help raise awareness as much as possible. We are a business that prides itself on leading by example. We are a safe space and want it to be known that if anyone is struggling with knowing how to talk about sexual harassment that has affected them or anyone around them, our door is always open. We will do everything we can to lead you to the right place and people. We are here to help take care of this amazing community that we love so much. And most importantly, If we see something, we will say something.
Now, to give everyone a refresher on what the word consent means:
Consent - con·sent
1. permission for something to happen or agreement to do something.
"no change may be made without the consent of all the partners"
Synonyms: agreement, assent, acceptance, approval, approbation
1. give permission for something to happen.
"he consented to a search by a detective"
Synonyms: agree to, assent to, yield to, give in to, submit to
Why Bonnie describes themselves as “Bedroom Pop/Rock” and that couldn’t be more accurate. Exuding eclectic sounds of jangly guitar riffs and smooth sultry lyrics through each song, you can easily get taken back to those teen angst years of boarding yourself up in your bedroom and rocking out. Holding a certain nostalgia through each song, Why Bonnie grabs you by the heart and ears over and over again. FullNote Records is excited to have them grace the stage for our FullNote Presents: OutYouth Benefit & Bleached Roses EP Release.
If you weren’t at Cheer Up Charlie’s last Friday night let me tell you, you missed out. Emme brought the house down at their Video Release party for their new single, “Collapse”. To start the set out, the chattering crowd was soon captivated as Walter Nichols grabbed our attention with systematic beat after beat which perfectly coincided with the soft punchy vocals of Sowmya Somanath. Sowmya, held everyone close with each swoop of movement dancing out each emotion the crowd was sure to be feeling. Creating a unique experience with their electro-pop sounds, this duo has a bright future ahead of them. Be sure to keep a look out for these two and check out their new video for “Collapse”
written by: mo paynter
Belcurve just released their new EP, These People in My Head, Vol. 1, really proving they’re a force to be reckoned with in the Austin music scene. This EP is a beautifully eclectic, diverse collection of songs that will keep you listening, from the upbeat hits perfect for dancing and singing your car (at the top of your lungs we might add) to the heartfelt ballads you can get a good cry to. We can’t get enough of the first track and single “Strangers”. This catchy synth forward track is the perfect summer hit. Throughout the EP, Sarah’s vocals are the star, especially in track “Portland Rain” with her sorrowful lyrics and pleading vocal lines. This song also showcases a violin that drives throughout with its powerful lines weaving in and out of the music. “These People In My Head” is an intimate track featuring beautiful harmonies.
Even though we’re done writing this, we’ll probably keep listening to this EP because well, that’s just what you do with good music. Listen for yourself on Spotify today!
We’re excited to have Belcurve joining us for FullNote Presents: OutYouth Benefit & Bleached Roses EP Release at Barracuda on September 15th.
All bands have at least one. That one show that was SO horrible. - “OMG I can’t believe we had to open for that Headbanger Death Metal Band!” DISCLAIMER: Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for a headbanger every once in awhile but just not when I’m trying to bust my groovy dance moves to some pop synth dance tunes. Now, back to the point. Your sound is... non existent, you keep forgetting lyrics, your gear decides to up and die mid set and sing it’s last crying, dying lullaby. If it hasn’t happened yet, don’t worry, it will. I’m not a fatalist. I’m not jinxing you. I’m just preparing you for the future.
Bad shows happen and that’s ok. Why is that ok, you ask? Because in the grand scheme of things you will more than likely learn something from it. You’ll learn to keep that extra 9 volt in your gear bag and carry extra strings but most importantly you’ll learn how to adapt to any situation.
Adaptability is a valuable lesson to learn especially to survive any tour you’re planning on venturing out on. (Oh, and don’t even get me started on how to survive a rough tour. That’s a post for another day.) Adaptability; not only will it help you make it through the future zombie apocalypse (I call that a BONUUS!), it will keep you afloat in an industry that eats baby animals alive for breakfast.
A year later, looking back on that infamous “Headbanger Death Metal Band Showcase” and the immediate overnight drive to the next city afterwards with tails tucked tightly between legs lies a memory to laugh at. A cog in the wheel of becoming a tried and true hustling musician. So, take those bad shows, find the lessons, buy that 9 volt battery (or three) and set of extra stings for that rainy day and have a laugh a year later.
There’s good in every bad show.