The Worst Music of Free Press Summer Fest 2014


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Photo by Jim Bricker
DMX
Sunday, Mercury stage

My theory going in to this year's festival was that DMX was probably the most intriguing performance on the bill, only because it was either going to be a classic or a train wreck. In the end, it was even worse: just kind of boring. I get it, we all get older, we lose a step or two, we don't have that same fire we used to.

It was just weird to see him trying so hard to get the crowd in to it while not trying it all to actually be good at his craft. It's kind of like seeing Ric Flair at this point: it's good to know he's still alive, but the idea of him actually wrestling makes me cringe. At least the beat to "Party Up (Up In Here)" still bangs, even if DMX doesn't. CORY GARCIA


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Photo by Marco Torres
Second Opinion
I don't know why I ever put too much stock into this set, but dammit DMX, get your shit together. Twenty-five minutes late to a 40-minute set. You forgot the words to your fourth song. If you're gonna sing nine songs, you should probably focus on knowing every last lyric. Or at least look good faking it. Also, why were there so many damn people in your trailer? Still, though, for one of my worst acts, it was still time to "Party Up (Up In Here)." JIM BRICKER


EDM
Various stages

How much of that can one seriously stomach? If a DJ is good, he or she is good. If the same music is blasted over the PA the entire weekend, and people are still pumping their fists to that tired old beat, then that scares me about the future of music. Packed with silly kids with not nearly enough clothing on, some of the worst moments came whenever Laidback Luke or Paper Diamond were crowding the Mercury stage. JIM BRICKER


FLOSSTRADAMUS
Saturday, Saturn stage

Fanstastically-named FLOSStradamus is one of my favorite EDM acts of the past few years. This Chicago-based DJ duo has a trappier, grittier flavor than many of the other mainstreamers currently hitting the airwaves (like FPSF act Zedd, for example) so of all the electronic options this year, I was most looking forward to their set.

The strange thing is, that feeling never dissipated throughout their performance. It felt like the EDM version of dry-humping: it had feeling, but just when it started to get somewhere, it would abruptly stop. It was all build and no climax. Overall, the show just felt unfulfilling and incomplete. SELENA DIERINGER


POOLSIDE
Sunday, Mercury stage

Imagine if the Doors meandered about even more than they did, but lacked those epic keyboard solos. Sounds boring, doesn't it? Progression is important in music, even if your songs are meant to be consumed by fans under the influence. Despite a generally solid lineup that left me with very little free time to be underwhelmed, Poolside did the trick Sunday afternoon.

Though the problem was the music itself, the California-based duo's execution was good, so maybe they just need a better songwriter. I didn't stick around for entirety of their set, but what I heard failed to impress. Maybe it eventually got going but with so much other great music on-site, I didn't have time to meander. MATTHEW KEEVER


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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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