Free Press Summer Fest: Your Next Favorite Bands

This weekend's Free Press Summer Fest at Eleanor Tinsley Park is officially (way) sold out, so our readers who don't have passes at this point are sadly now forced to test their skills at the "secondary market." For those of you who are already in, this week Rocks Off will be bringing you our staff recommendations for acts you might consider checking out while you're there. Today we turn our attention to artists whom you may not have heard of just yet, but could well soon. (Note: planets correspond to FPSF stage names.)

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La Catrin
I've only vaguely heard about experimental pop diva La Catrin, but I'm excited to her perform her seductive and sensual tunes with Dem Damn Dames. Equally electric and erotic, her voice and energy should prove to be one of the hidden gems of the festival. (1:10 p.m., Mercury) MARCO TORRES


Japandroids
One of the bands I'm most excited about this year is guitarist/drummer duo Japandroids. These guys play noisy ass indie rock with the loudest distortion known to man and sweet, nostalgic riffs that remind you of the greatest summer parties. Already critical darlings for a few years now, they're currently scraping just under the glass ceiling of indie super-stardom; one more push and they might break through. (2:10 p.m. Saturday, Mars) COREY DEITERMAN

I have waited patiently for Japandroids to come to Houston ever since I randomly discovered "The House That Heaven Built" one night on satellite radio. On first listen it hit me like a lightning bolt -- it was the rock anthem I've spent the last few years waiting on. The rest of their sophomore album Celebration Rock is great too, but I've been counting the days until I can stand in the sun and finally singalong to one of the best songs to come out last year. CORY GARCIA

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Free Press Summer Fest: Our Staff Picks From Close to Home


Brandon West and the Black Hats
A greasy, garagey rockin' soul group like Brandon West and the Black Hats belongs in a seedy dive at last call, with longnecks stacked on the amplifiers. So what are they doing outdoors in the middle of Saturday afternoon? Hey, it worked for Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears a year or two ago. The Houston four-piece rocks in a very louche sort of way, without crossing the line into sloppy. Check 'em out on Reverbnation if you want a whiff of Keith Richards' 1988 solo album Talk Is Cheap. (Venus, 4:30 p.m.) CHRIS GRAY


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Eleanor Tinsley Park

500 Allen Parkway, Houston, TX

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9 comments
H_e_x
H_e_x

I just want to know who chose Kitty Pryde for the festival. How could someone sit down, listen to her music, think about about, then decide that yes, she is ever so talented and deserves to be in the lineup. Sure, we live in a city full of real rappers, and they did select a few for the festival, but to even include her is an insult to the other musicians.

Corey Mueller
Corey Mueller

Have fun in the mud, COH is way behind schedule on finishing the park..

Robin Varner
Robin Varner

I sure would love to be there, but my team at sandcastle comp would be really pissed if I didnt show

Tony Gutierrez
Tony Gutierrez

Why can't you move it to Winter Fest? I almost got heat stroke back in 2009!

Oh_Herro
Oh_Herro

@H_e_x  I think Brittanie Shey wrote it.  Also, what does "think about about" mean?  I'm curious.  I'm sorry to hear your dismay with Kitty Pryde; I personally would rather see Iggy Azalea.   

H_e_x
H_e_x

@Oh_Herro @H_e_x It's just that I don't think some white girl from the 'burbs pretending to rap is qualified to perform at a festival. God only knows they didn't choose her because of her extensive and respected catalog of songs. It's a transparent attempt to appeal to a certain kind of demographic who likes black music but are afraid of black people.

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