Acts We'd Love to See Play Free Press Summer Fest 2015
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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
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
TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
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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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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
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.
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
Next year will be FPSF's lucky No. 7, by our count. Isn't it past time already? CHRIS GRAY
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