The Worst Music of Free Press Summer Fest 2014

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CHILDISH GAMBINO
Saturday, Mars stage

Maybe it was the heat; maybe I'm just getting old. Or maybe Childish Gambino just isn't really all that good. The man clearly has a passion for performing, and more style than he knows what to do with. What he doesn't seem to have are great songs. All of the other hip-hop acts at FPSF brought great songs to the table -- not just hits, but songs.  Gambino has huge beats, stage presence and a Michael Jackson impersonation in his back pocket, but that's not going to be enough to buy him a second look from me. I want a hook. NATHAN SMITH


CAGE THE ELEPHANT
Sunday, Neptune stage

I'm a big fan of Cage the Elephant, and going into this year's FPSF they were in my Top 5 shows to see. That is why, despite my pre-existing love of this band, I surprised myself after hearing only about 1/4 of their set before growing antsy and deciding to see what else was going on around the grounds. After about half the set, I journeyed on.

Their performance was underwhelming, which is painful to say because I am a fan. Even considering what appeared to be some micro tech problems -- singer Matt Shultz seemed visibly upset with his mikes at times -- the show failed to gain any concrete traction or the energy to really take off and become something memorable. SELENA DIERINGER


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DIE ANTWOORD
Sunday, Saturn stage

I'm sure a lot of people loved this, and good on them. Maybe I'm just too old or may I'm just not cool enough to get whatever it is these guys are trying to do, but I just thought that was...oh hell, I don't even know. I thought this was some foreign parody of American music made by people who had never actually heard American music, until I realized people were singing along and this is actually just what they do.

So I'll own up and say that I'm probably the problem, but seriously, I've never heard such "high energy" music come off so lifeless and dispassionate. Wait, is that what I was missing? CORY GARCIA


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31 comments
lisaitsyourbday
lisaitsyourbday

Die Antwoord is a preferred taste. I LOVED them. Let the kids have their EDM! Your parents let you have rock & roll and hip-hop. Every generation is going to have music that the generation before despises. 

Carmen Beatriz
Carmen Beatriz

I showed up for Deftones ... everything else paled in comparison ... that's just my humble opinion, though.

JayPFrancis
JayPFrancis

For me the worst band there was: Hyde, the Salami.

Matthew Baylis Hunter
Matthew Baylis Hunter

IMHO, i think the EDM/Electronic was a little over done, over used. However Above & Beyond put on a pretty good show... My highlights were Deftones and Wu Tang. (Seen Deftones 4 times, and finally heard Change live.)

Travis Leatherwood
Travis Leatherwood

Wat. I like die antwoord. They are fun. I'm talking about the djs like zedd and that shit

Ella Schawe
Ella Schawe

Die antwoord is not EDM. Please go look up die antwoord music videos and appreciate their artistic vision because it is mesmerizing so don't judge what you don't really know. I get die antwoord was crazy as fuck but you didn't appreciate them for that in the least so go listen to Dwight yokum if you already have a mind set for not appreciating music you don't understand

Tish Squish
Tish Squish

I was so excited about Cage the Elephant, but was so disappointed in the performance.

Joe Folladori
Joe Folladori

This is a bummer. I bet this gets more clicks than the Best Of list, people respond to this sort of thing. But I wish you could try and figure out a better way to get people to go to your website.

gristleandgossip
gristleandgossip

This is wrong.. Childish Gambino is the Shizzle. Maybe you are just getting "old" LOL... He should be invited back each year man..

Andrew Bly
Andrew Bly

this yr was ok… but they need to cut back on the EDM, at one point the DJs seemed to be playing the same stuff..

NewRider Ivan
NewRider Ivan

I categorize this under the worst reviews of FPSF.

Cassie Hurst
Cassie Hurst

^ I agree! Cage The Elephant was the highlight of my weekend!!!

Pablo Ortiz
Pablo Ortiz

Yup you are old and not up to date with your music

521729
521729

Still bangs? Bahahaha okay CORY 

Find a new "profession"

stonerbuddybongloader
stonerbuddybongloader

Houston Press doggin on a festival thrown by their smaller upstart rival..oh, the irony.

HP, where is YOUR mega-festival? What have you done in the way of bringing anything but sharty-laden articles and a rag full of ads and BS?


JS.

JumpThatShark
JumpThatShark

Sooo many great local acts that weren't asked to play. I'm sure it's not even about talent at this point, especially when some local bands have played it more than once.

humbag
humbag

Worst acts? Didn't Insane Clown Posse perform?

Eric Torres
Eric Torres

I thought gambino had the best set from Saturday

Tom So
Tom So

If a part of your analysis is "I might be getting too old for..." then you are old.

Ella Schawe
Ella Schawe

Definitely written by an 60 yr old close minded ass.

Jason McNeese
Jason McNeese

Working downtown during the festival was good for My pocket Thanks Omar for putting on an event I didnt mind working through. Anytime I felt I might be missing out I saw the red faced drained and often irritable party goers and took solice in the fact That I was making money instead of spending it.

David Cook
David Cook

i find it funny when hp has a best of and worst of and both lists have the same artists. i know its different writers with different opinions but, how am i to come to the press for advice on what to check out when all bands suck and rule at the same time.

Travis Leatherwood
Travis Leatherwood

The EDM trend of this festival and many many others is getting really annoying.

tednessus33
tednessus33

@JumpThatShark Yeah, that band BLSHS has hardly been around and aren't very good yet were on the bill. Just shows that you have to be friends with the right people. 

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