Free Press Summer Fest: The Best Acts of Sunday, 6/2/2013

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Cat Power
Cat Power/Social Distortion
Cat Power has such a spotty live reputation that she's hard to pass up, epecially at a music festival. We all want to see the implosion when it happens. However, she once pleased me greatly (and made me somewhat of a fan) at one ACL Fest around the time her R&B-heavy The Greatest album came out (2006), but after that I sort of lost touch. But instead of a meltdown, Sunday she followed Mavis Staples -- no easy feat there -- with a challenging, haunting set of piano-heavy orchestral pop that started out a little unfocused but sharpened considerably and rocked harder the longer it went on.

It reminded me of Sinead O'Connor a little, which is a big plus in my book. I can only assume most of the songs were from last year's Sun album, which I have not heard, but her set certainly made me want to go listen to it, perhaps even buy it. For her (or anyone), I'd say that's a success.

Social Distortion I chose because they have been one of my favorite bands for many, many years, one of the few I would stick around to the very end of a two-day summer outdoor music festival in Houston to see. Sunday, because the end of their set would mean that this grueling, mind-blowing (so many kids), muggy and by all appearances enormously successful fest would be over, Social D suddenly became the best band in the world. Also, they sounded fantastic. CHRIS GRAY

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at Free Press Summer Fest, 6/2/2013

Free Press Summer Fest: Saturday's Best Acts, 6/1/2013


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Gogol Bordello
"It's Gypsy rock," I told my friend, trying to convince him to join me for Gogol Bordello's Sunday-night FPSF set. "It'll be fun. You might even get pick-pocketed."

But I kid. Bordello's set, however, was no joke. Front man Eugene Hutz and his merry band of misfits kept the energy at its peak for the entirety of their set, performing hits like "Start Wearing Purple" as the Manhattan-born rockers introducing countless festivalgoers to their own brand of punk. It may have been the most fun I had all weekend. MATTHEW KEEVER

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Eleanor Tinsley Park

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16 comments
Htown
Htown

@JohnSeabornGray They just added mention of TV on Radio as it wasn't there earlier this a.m.

claymonster
claymonster

The Neptune delay was due to some water damage to the mixing console (something wicked this way came in the night and tore up the well-secured wraps - seriously. Weird.) But like TRUE masters of the craft, they got the workaround happening. That's why you hire the best. They were back on schedule soon enough.

Nelo Maciel
Nelo Maciel

Gogol Bordello was Sick!!!! I was in the pit the whole time! Never been so tired in my life

Tiffany Johnson
Tiffany Johnson

Mack/Lewis and Matt & Kim were my favorites! Quad City DJs was a lot of fun and Grace Potter was pretty darn good too.

Cory Toatley
Cory Toatley

yeah...cat definitely was a treat...so was Mavis and OMAM

bobbydigi
bobbydigi

The Men was a great show. Couldn't believe how small the crowd was...

Houston Press Rocks Off
Houston Press Rocks Off

Yes, the editor originally didn't see the TVOTR submission. It's been a long weekend.

Eric Torres
Eric Torres

Tv on the radio is definitely mentioned in this article. Its grace potter and the nocturnals that got snubbed. Boooo!! They murdered that Neptune stage

Htown
Htown

"Best of" with no mention of TV on Radio or Bassnectar???

Chas Hollis
Chas Hollis

Yesterday's best show by far was TV On The Radio and yet no mention of them.

H_e_x
H_e_x

@Htown I'll give you TV on the Radio just because of that song they did with Bowie, but I'm going to have to flag down Bassnectar.

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