Acts We'd Love to See Play Free Press Summer Fest 2015


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SLOBBERBONE
Wilco has always been at the top of my personal FPSF wish list, but given the festival's prevailing trends, Jeff Tweedy's bunch seems too intellectual to merit an invitation with each passing year. But Slobberbone, who shared lots of ink with Wilco when No Depression still came out on paper, might work. Brent Best and his bandmates were arguably the loudest of the early alt-country bands, but all the guitar noise they could muster never quite seemed to dull their songs' latent heartache. They sure did rock in spite of the pain, though. CHRIS GRAY


SO SO GLOS
I originally saw Brooklyn based So So Glos at SXSW quite a few years ago and immediately went home and friended them on MySpace. They were one of the most raw and exciting live rock bands I had seen in ages. Since then, they've been back to SXSW, but I think it's time these New York boys bring their grit back to Houston...after they play Warehouse Live June 15.SELENA DIERINGER


SPOON
Britt Daniel et al. are definitely one for the "why haven't they played already?" bin, maybe right up at the very top of that list. But since he appears to have put Divine Fits on hold and reactivated Spoon, which has more or less been dormant since the promotional activities surrounding 2010's Transference, so no time like the present. The album they announced this spring could be out by next June, too. CHRIS GRAY


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TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
One thing that FPSF has never really featured is a true classic-rock act, and Tom Petty is the perfect one. To hear hits like "Free Falling" and "American Girl" closing out the festival would be a great change of pace from the EDM and indie-rock acts that have clouded the stages in years past. JIM BRICKER


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THE WAILERS
There has never really been much reggae at FPSF. A perfect sunny Sunday afternoon set from Bob Marley's famed backing group would fit in very well. There is nothing like waking up to some chill, head-bobbing tunes to get you really into the day. Imagine 50,000 people singing along to "Three Little Birds." JIM BRICKER


KANYE WEST
Anyone whose wedding-rehearsal dinner was booked at the Palace of Versailles is going to expect quite a lot of money and perks from Free Press. But Kanye has bills to pay now that his opulent nuptials are behind him, so maybe he can be coerced to spend his anniversary (provided he makes it that far) in Houston.

I want to see him live and outdoors, where he won't have to attempt to fit his head through any doorways. Seriously, he'd be a major get for the hometown fest and I'm sure everything about his being involved would have people and blogs buzzing. And if FPSF organizers want him for cheap, they should openly wonder during negotiations if he'd be as good as Childish Gambino was this year. That'll pique his interest. JESSE SENDEJAS JR.


WILCO
Jeff Tweedy singing about love and pain to a huge late evening crowd is my idea of a good time. They've always loved Houston, so why not? JIM BRICKER


ZZ TOP
Next year will be FPSF's lucky No. 7, by our count. Isn't it past time already? CHRIS GRAY


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jnsHTX
jnsHTX

Broken Bells, The Shins, MUSE, Phoenix, Arctic Monkeys, The Black Keys, Atlas Genius, STRFKR, Blind Pilot, Cage the Elephant, Cake, Capitol Cities, Kongos, Eisley, Blondfire, Empire of the Sun, Portugal the Man, Grouplove, Fenech-Soler, Parov Stelar, Ok Go, Phantom Planet, TERRAPLANE SUN, Mutemath, MS MR, MGMT, Misterwives, Modest Mouse, The Wombats, The Libertines, The Killers, The Pigeon Detectives, The Strokes, Julian Casablancas & the Voids, Imagine Dragons, IAMDYNAMITE, Hellogoodbye, Hockey, Guster, Graffiti6, Gotye, Green Day, The Fratellis, FRANZ FERDINAND, TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB, FOO FIGHTERS, Flogging Molly, Dr. Dog, Dog is Dead, Emperors, Foals, THE HIVES, The Royal Concept, I'm From Barcelona, M83, Melee, Metric, Milky Chance, Big Data, Mystery Jets, Neon Trees, New Politics, NONONO, of Montreal, Oh My!, Opiuo, RAC, PHOX, Propellers, Snow Patrol, Ra Ra Riot, Arcade Fire, Ratatat, Reverend and the Makers, RJD2, Royal Teeth, SBTRKT, Sir Sly, Sleeper Agent, Sleigh Bells, Sons of the Sea, Spoon, Stars of Track and Field, Steppenwolf, Switches, Telekinesis, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Them Crooked Vultures, Those Dancing Days, Uh Huh Her, The Ting Tings, Tokyo Police Club, Trevor Hall, The Tossers, Twenty One Pilots, Weezer, Vance Joy, Walk The Moon, We Are Scientist, White Rabbits, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Young the Giant, 22-20s, 2cellos, ZZ Ward, White Whale, Third Eye Blind, The Strypes, Sound Garden, Pinback, and New Cassettes.


Of course, if Free Press was looking at making all the other music festivals look inferior, 

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michaelnicholson2
michaelnicholson2

Wait one last one I have pumped the MF's hard for every year on the email for FPSF and they never get it- they always let me down- Manu Choa with his most political and  heartfelt punk rock played well show.  I promise if you get him the crowd will quickly go from wtf? and why should I care to doing all the chants and surfinig and everything and bleeding with him when he uses english to tell us what is going on in the world.  And the Hispanics will show us how to really get down in the pit on that one and the videos will super catch it.  In fact he should headline.  Otherwise HP just force the International Festival to get him next year instead.  Why isn't he rocking Htown at the festival?  This is an outrage man.  The only reason why posters don't say this is because they don't know why Henry Rollins raves so high on him.  Just watch his amazing performance for Austin City Limits on PBS and then 

his so heartfelt sorrow for what the governments in the world are doing in the interview and there you go.  This is the dark horse who may still the show from people like ZZ and Rage.  And he would represent the diversity of Houston so well too.  FPSF people what the hell is wrong with you not getting him already- he is affordable and better live by far than the Mc.Cartneys and does all the punk moves too and they can play and get the crowd super into the party with them.  Pleaee along with Prince- please, please, please get him.  C'mon don't you want to kick Austin's ass???  It's like you are trying to be Austin-super lite.  Let's be kick Austin's A$$.  Get Prince and Manou Chou to rock the grass off of the bayou!!!

michaelnicholson2
michaelnicholson2

I forgot- to represent our diversity 2 things:

1) Tame Impala!  Yes all the way- they psychedelic rock man!  All the way!!!! A little late after Couchella beat us out but so good who cares.

2) Houston Press with your dining connections to learn about the cool stand food in the area please please please make them have a real food court with a great representation of our diverse foods and tell the owners of the restaurants they will get young people knowing about and coming to their places if they run the booths instead of the Sh** they push now.  Examples- the best Mexican of all whatever that is supposed to be, Cafe Pita + and of course the amazing  Empanadas and the rest of it including the cups of awesome dessert from the Argentina Cafe.  C'mon Press super push for the food because pumping up the FPSF and it is always too late to do this- we have to pump before the last one is finished to get the right stuff going- and pumping up the food is a MAJOR part of getting us to kick Austin's A$$ for a change.  And dammit Houston Press lets  ask for some real beers.  How about a Trappist, A Tiger-  the one excellent non-Sake from Japan becuase it is made with a licensed  brewery from Germany and cannot be made anywhere else.  Or say Real Ale Devil's Brew or some Red Ale.  How about a Fuller's ESB?  Or a good St. Arnolds?  Let's get some real beer what is with this Bud lite or whatever absolute  garbage.  My god no wonder Austin always kicks our A$$ with the hipster points!!!!  And again PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE get Prince.  That is realistic- connected to the types of music and not a dream that can never happen like U2 or McCartney and McCartney is totally wrong.  Of course if you want to be obvious and get Arcade Fire then man, GO FOR IT!  Having him jumping in front of me like that- it's a good think I'm not gay or a hot chick because there would be major action taking place and as the later I'd probably be pregnant with triplets and starting a lawsuit...

Please no more Cra* EDM like was it carbon copy and if you want joke shows like Willie please make them cool joke shows like ZZ Top doing the best of the hard rocking blues stuff and killing it for us- I want a killer long version of Cheap Sunglasses with me surfing the crowd up front and risking death.  C'mon FPSF don't let me down next time!!!! You are finally starting to get the good stuff- now go for it big time and let's kick Austin's A$$!!!

michaelnicholson2
michaelnicholson2

Hey good calls with like Dr. Dog and of course ZZ for the cool/joke oldies act.  Beck could really work too- great call if he is great live and a great EDM act is needed- one that can work.  Prince- please get him- Please!!!!!!!    But this is what I also want to see-

a Beastie Boy tribute for the dead guy show with that cool brother playing with them.  They knocked out the crowd when they were at Lolla near Houston and then the crowd immediately fleed from the lame Smashing set.  Please give to their Tibetan or whatever deal or whatever it takes to get them to play a full head on show and not the instrumentals.  I might get killed in the masses when either Whatcha and Fight start up but omg what a way to go man!  Don't let me down now that you are finally starting to get real line-ups for us.  Oh and yes Vampire was cute and upbeat- a little watered down from the record- but Rage- oh my another chance for the masses to kill me and again if the singer is going off hard-core it would be so worth it.  Also we need another majorly great show like Orgone on the small stage where you get the masses flooding it and screaming for the encore.  And put on lame acts on the big stages when this small stage show is going down.  It was way cool to accidently walk into Orgone just when it was starting because (was it?) Willie was hilariously lame and then you see the small crowd swell so much and go way into the show and then die as the next act was a badly making fun of itself low self esteem Post-Punk Indie stoner-rock thing. 

Noelle A. Perry
Noelle A. Perry

yes. it is too early. please just let me have a few weeks where i don't have to hear about FPSF. please? although i might actually consider buying tickets for ZZ top and RATM.

Jacob Bocanegra
Jacob Bocanegra

KISS, Eminem, Kanye West, Garth Brooks, U2, and Paul McCartney, that would justify the 80$ admission...

Eligio J. Garza
Eligio J. Garza

ZZ TOP and RAGE.... .that shit would be EPIC! I think I just shit my pants imagining it!

imaniwindom
imaniwindom

two door cinema club, the vaccines, the xxyyxx, the arctic monkeys, MGMT, the kooks, daughter 

And DJs like Caked Up or Zedd's Dead

Rappers like Chance the Rapper 

GlenW
GlenW

DRI

Bootsy or George Clinton

Motorhead (before Lemmy croaks)

Orange Goblin

A Tribe Called Quest

Las Cruces

the Heavy Eyes

Stephanie Rodriguez
Stephanie Rodriguez

Empire of the Sun, MGMT, Passion Pit, Pet Shop Boys, Santigold, Cut Copy, Daft Punk, Kennedy, Franz Ferdinand, Killers, Strokes, Black Keys, King of Leon, Muse, Miike Snow, Phoenix, Oakenfold, Tame Impala and sprinkle in some T.I.!!!!

Caleb Davis
Caleb Davis

I'd love to see Hum get back together for a show...

Kevin Rodriguez
Kevin Rodriguez

Faith no more! Beck would be nice.Also would love to see glassjaw, dfa1979 and dredg at fpsf

rasclot123
rasclot123

Phish needs to come back to Houston.

popatop
popatop

Al Green

Hank3

Hayes Carl

Joe Ely

Devo

Surfer Blood

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

Anything rock, less teeny EDM. And for the record disclosure sucks, press darlings but their music is average and amateurish.

massmurdermedia
massmurdermedia

Rusted Shut

Death Grips (assuming they show up)

Flatbush Zombies

Boris

Sunn O)))

Eyehategod

Hank3

Texas Hippie Coalition

Linus Pauling Quartet

Honky

Turbonegro

lisaitsyourbday
lisaitsyourbday

DISCLOSURE! Connan Mockasin,Calvin Harris, HAIM, Nas,and more locals!

Liliana Velasquez
Liliana Velasquez

Prince hasn't been here since 2004, I believe he'd perform at Toyota rather than a fest, but one can hope. Kanye would be a solid performance.

Kandace Lytle
Kandace Lytle

I would second Foo and also add Sir Elton John, since he's playing other festivals!

Raul Gonzalez-Ayala
Raul Gonzalez-Ayala

Knowing that the Foo Fighters are releasing an album later this year, and they're going to start touring, they're my first guess for FPSF 2015.

Paul
Paul

How about more local bands!!!!!!!!!!.....and Faith No More. 

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