This year has been a bit of a downer for the Austin music scene. With cancelations of events like ACL, South by Southwest and pretty much every concert this year, Austin is sorely missing its world-famous trait of being the live music capital of the world.
However, just because musicians aren't gathering as much in person these days doesn't mean music isn't happening. Nine months into the pandemic, Austin musicians are getting their music back out there.
Combined with Waterloo Records reopening after months of shut down on Nov. 2, Austin is slowly starting to feel like its old self again.
Don't miss these newest tracks from Austin's own.
Willie Nelson & Karen O, "Under Pressure"
This cover by Austin country legend Willie Nelson and vocalist for band The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Karen O, came about to draw attention to struggling music venues all over the country. "Under Pressure" a slowed-down, withered take on the Queen classic is achy and mourning, indicative of the state of many industry professionals.
Jackie Venson, “Vintage Machine”Twitter
Austin up-and-coming singer-songwriter Jackie Venson dropped her long-awaited, visually driven album "Vintage Machine." The album is futuristic and ethereal, with trippy effects and the guitar riffs Venson is famous for. Venson plans to hold a live release party on Nov. 20.
Daniel Fears, “Canopy”
Daniel Fears spent years performing with other notable locals like Wild Child and Ley Line, but Fears takes on a new sound all on his own this time. Fears harkens musicians like Frank Ocean and James Blake in his work, with drawn out vocals and tranquil soundscapes. A trained saxophonist, Fears offers tones of soul in his music.
Jamestown Revival, “A Field Guide to Loneliness” EP
Indie-folk duo Jamestown Revival wrote its new EP post-COVID-19, wishing for company in a lonely time. The members, Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance, wrote the songs from their homes, locked away in quarantine. The songs are gently introspective and provide easy listening, though it is clear the writers had solitude on the brain, especially in tracks like "Loneliness." The duo has plans to start recording their next full-length album this month.
Vallejo, “Amigos Amigos”
Hailing from Austin, Vallejo is the last name of three brothers who make up the rock band, plus a few additions. Vallejo has been making music for 25 years. The newest album, "Amigos, Amigos," features collaborations with artists from all over the Lone Star State. The Latin-esque beats and meaningful vocals will get you out of your seat.
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So you want to buy a house?
To anyone trying to get on the "housing ladder," it's been a discouraging couple of years as prices skyrocketed in a market crowded with buyers bidding against each other for just about any available home.
Things may be calming down, with the Austin Board of REALTORS reporting fewer sales and more available homes this summer.
Mortgage rates have more than doubled in the last year, from around 3% to well over 6% on a 30-year fixed rate loan, getting even more of a bump this week after the Federal Reserve raised bank rates on Wednesday.
So how affordable are homes right now? That, of course, depends on what you want and how much you're able or willing to pay, but here are some rough estimates of what a typical buyer would pay to buy a $650,000 home, which would be considered "mid-price" in today's market.
Mortgage banker Chris Holland (NMLS 211033) of Austin's Sente Mortgage ran some numbers for Austonia to illustrate a typical purchase.
Holland says that while the 30-year fixed rate mortgage is often mentioned in the media, the most popular loan that he's seeing now is a 7/1 adjustable rate mortgage, which has a fixed rate for 7 years and then adjusts every year based on market rates, with a limit on how much it can increase each year. The interest is amortized over a 30-year period. Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs) offer lower rates than fixed rate loans.
Here are the numbers, which are examples. In practice, exact numbers vary with a buyer's credit rating and overall financial situation, and with the rate, which can move up or down at any time.
- $650,000 home purchase price
- 7/1 ARM at 5.875%
- 5% down payment, equals $32,500
- 95% financed, equals $617,500
- $4,990 payment, including principle and interest (P&I), insurance, and property tax
- Typically, a borrower's debt to income ratio needs to be at or below 45%. So for this mortgage, a borrower, or borrowers, would need income of roughly $11,100/month, or $133,200/year. That number could be higher, depending on the buyer's outstanding credit balances on things like credit cards and car loans.
Holland says he's had a lot of clients approved for loans who were house hunting but have put that on hold, hoping prices come down.
Camp Fimfo Waco, a brand new camping resort, is kicking off football and fall camping season in style! With top-notch amenities, premium accommodations, and 10 weekends of fall fun, there’s no better place to have a fall camping getaway, especially if you’re a Baylor football fan!
Fall promises to be a one-of-a-kind camping experience. From Sept. 16 to Nov. 24, weekends will be packed with fall-themed activities, including special Halloween weekends in October. Campers can enjoy activities like fall crafts, campground trick-or-treating, costume contests, site decorating, outdoor movie nights, and more!
Packages and Ways to Stay
Camp Fimfo Waco
Located just 5 miles from McLane Stadium, Camp Fimfo Waco is the perfect place to stay during home game weekends. Skip the stuffy hotel room and embrace the great outdoors before cheering on the Baylor Bears! Campers can purchase a Baylor Tailgating Package that includes a pre-game meal from Executive Chef Sean Kelley and transportation to and from the game! Chef Kelley will also be cooking up delicious, elevated tailgating meals near the stadium so make sure to check out The Plaid Plate food truck before the game.
Stay in style and comfort, no matter your camping preference! At Camp Fimfo Waco, there are multiple ways to stay. Red Carpet RV sites come with a concrete pad and patio, full hook-ups, cable hook-up, a charcoal grill, fire ring and fire pit. Back-in or pull-thru options are available, as well as coveted spots tucked along the Bosque River!
Don’t have an RV? Not a problem, Camp Fimfo Waco has cabins too! Book a Riverview Firewheel Cabin if you’re looking for an air-conditioned oasis for the whole family. Complete with a kitchen and private bathroom, this cabin can fit up to 10 people. Elevate your stay by adding on a golf cart or snag a private cabana by the pool for guaranteed shade. With wifi available throughout the park, you can stay connected during your stay!
Amenities and Activities
Camp Fimfo Waco
Camp Fimfo Waco features lots of amenities to fill your days with fun, whether you’re a kid or kid at heart. After challenging your friends to a game of pickleball, basketball, or mini golf, go for a dip in the resort-style, heated pool - open daily through October! Stay on the weekends through October to enjoy the interactive splash playground. With plenty of ways to burn off energy, like the jumping pillow or playground, you can be sure to end the day with a peaceful night around the campfire!
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