Your 2013 Music Festival Outlook (Texas Edition)

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I don't know about you, but I am not totally in love with winter weather. Yes, it affords you the ability to wear beanies and cool fingerless gloves and dress like a hoodlum, but it's the heat that I love the most.

That's why I love thinking about music festivals, because that's where we all get to sweat like pigs in the sun, or fat parents at EDM festivals. To break the shackles of these layers of clothes and embrace the majesty of tiny shorts and tank tops, and touch the face of sexiness.

Out of kindness, I will inform you that this blog will only traffic in festivals that are easily accessible to Houstonians, or are popular fest destinations for said Houstonians.

I am sure plenty of you go to Bonnaroo in Tennessee, Lollapalooza in Chicago and Coachella in California. Good on ya, and I am excited that you will be seeing Atoms For Peace or something.

Free Press Summer Fest (June 1-2, Eleanor Tinsley Park)
I put this at the top of this list because this is all any of you care about. No, Rocks Off knows nothing about the lineup. No, we don't have free passes, and no, Omar and the Pegstar gang haven't even hinted at who will play year No. 5. (Indeed.) But of course you all have your wish lists, as do we all at Rocks Off. All I want is Beck. And Turbonegro. And maybe ZZ Top.

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Austin City Limits Music Festival (October 4-6, 11-13, Zilker Park, Austin)
ACL moves into strange and uncharted territory this year by expanding to two weekends instead of just one, with identical lineups each weekend. How will Austin cope with two straight weeks of mud, beer, blood and bicycles infesting the city? Well, for one they will be too busy counting all the money that comes into the state capital to care. Yes, I know you natives, hate it but it just gives you a good excuse to come visit Houston or NOLA until the storm passes.

As for as performers go, a look at the 2013 music-release roster could hold the key. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, John Fogerty, My Bloody Valentine, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Pearl Jam are all set to release new music over the next 12 months. Keeping marquee acts like Daft Punk and Beck in the state of Texas for a week could be an issue though, but if the money is right...

Of course, the smaller bands on the bill end up being the biggest surprises, like the Lumineers set, which last year probably needed to be on a much bigger stage than their Austin Ventures setting.

35 Denton 2013 (March 7-10, Denton)
This Denton indie festival has already announced Thurston Moore's new group Chelsea Light Moving as one of acts for this year's go-round. The lineup for this fest usually lines up right with that of SXSW too.

Euphoria 2013 (April 12-13, New Braunfels)
Euphoria is an EDM festival set in New Braunfels, on the river. Last year's massive lineup can be seen here. As EDM grows, we can see this one just getting bigger and bigger.

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Not really "strange and uncharted," it's the Coachella blueprint.


Or when they find out all the magical week-long residencies are in Marfa.

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