The Worst Music of Free Press Summer Fest 2014
|Photo by Jim Bricker|
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
Photo by Marco Torres
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
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
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
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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