FPSF Adds Monster Houston Rap Supergroup

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Free Press Summer Fest is a little more than a month and a half away, but even though the already-packed festival lineup has been released, more names are getting added, including a Swishahouse trio that kick started the second Houston rap surge in 2005.

Paul Wall, Slim Thug and Mike Jones himself have been added to the bill in a supergroup informally dubbed "Welcome to Houston," along with Houston mainstays Devin ihe Dude, Z-Ro and Port Arthur's own Trill OG, Bun B.

"We wanted to do something special we haven't done before, that has never been done before: Bring some of our favorite hometown heroes on stage all at once for one historic performance," FPSF said in a press release.

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Meet the Most Underrated Music Festival In Texas

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The main stage at last year's festival
Except for autumn, spring is festival season in Houston. This time of year most people can probably be forgiven for losing track of all the events in the area that take advantage of the agreeable weather and humans' unquenchable appetite for food, drink, fellowship and live music to wash it all down. Then again, the urge to celebrate surviving another earth cycle is probably as old as the changing of the seasons.

But one local event hasn't quite received the credit it deserves, especially for its musical merit. Within just a few years, the Texas Crawfish & Music Festival, an outgrowth of the nonprofit Old Town Spring Preservation League, has quietly emerged as a force to be reckoned with on the state's concert calendar. Spread out over this weekend and next, this year the festival will host some of Texas' top bands in both rock (Los Lonely Boys, Bob Schneider) and country (Jason Boland & the Stragglers, Kevin Fowler), plus an undercard full of up-and-comers: Austin's Shakey Graves and the Wheeler Brothers, Tyler's Whiskey Myers, Lufkin's Downfall Rising and even UK soul-jazz outfit The Filthy Six.

That's to go along with stalwarts like Dale Watson, Jesse Dayton, Bri Bagwell, Alejandro Escovedo and Heartless Bastards. Houston acts are prominently featured, whether rock (The Tontons, Dmitri's Rail, Fighting Gemini), R&B (the Suffers, Nick Greer & the G's) or country (Junior Gordon Band, Folk Family Revival). There's something for almost every taste, plus a few surprises -- and isn't that what every good music festival aims for?


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Eminem, Lorde, OutKast Head 2014 ACL Festival Lineup

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This morning the Austin City Limits Music Festival announced its lineup for the autumn music bazaar that will take place October 3-5 and 10-12 in Austin's Zilker Park. Some of the top names include Eminem (as expected), OutKast, Pearl Jam, Lorde (second weekend only), Skrillex, Lana Del Rey, Beck, Calvin Harris, The Replacements, Jimmy Cliff, Major Lazer, Spoon, The Head and the Heart, Belle & Sebastian, Chvurches, Zedd, Chromeo, Childish Gambino, Zedd, The Avett Brothers, and former Houstonian Robert Ellis.

The full lineup is below.


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Just How Dangerous Are Coachella-Like Festivals?

Note: our friends at L.A. Weekly and OC Weekly are covering the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, in Indio, Calif. This article was written by Andrea Domanick.

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On Thursday, Coachella attendee Kimchi Truong died after an apparent overdose. It's believed to be the first death tied to the giant annual festival since 2008 - though the actual number is hard to ascertain, since the Riverside County Coroner's Office says it does not track them.

But as always happens when a young person ODs at a music festival, parents and onlookers alike are wondering: Just how safe are these bacchanals? Should they be shut down entirely? Or should we just be glad there aren't more fatalities?


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A Serious Look at Coachella's Drug Culture

Note: Ben Westhoff is Music Editor of L.A. Weekly and Senior Music Editor of Voice Media Group.

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Surely some of these Coachella kids are sober. Right?
Oakland, Calif. resident Kimchi Truong was 24. She passed out on the Coachella grounds last weekend, likely due to an overdose. Her death this past Thursday was shocking. But what's really shocking is that this kind of thing doesn't happen more often.

This story is about very young people doing a shit-ton of drugs, but let's start with the old folks of the Coachella Valley. Fooling themselves into believing they're not going to die, they populate ticky-tacky communities behind guarded gates, with giant televisions, preposterously lush lawns and mammoth green hedges. They've bought into the illusion that this is a lush paradise, rather than a punishing desert that will remain hospitable only as long as politicians willingly waste the diminishing stash of Western water. The men, who are tan, and the women, who take walks in the morning, came from greater L.A., arriving to places like Indian Wells and Palm Springs to escape the smog, traffic, crowding and chaos.

How betrayed they must feel, then, when the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival brings the riff-raff back to their doorstep for two weekends every year - the biggest, most unruly traveling circus imaginable.


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10 Signs You're Too Old for Coachella

Note: Last weekend our friends at L.A. Weekly and OC Weekly were all up in America's No 1. selfie-taking spot, the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, and now they've gone back for more. We know.

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You tell 'em, Grandpa!
Age, of course, is a state of mind. But it's easy to feel like you've aged 30 years after three busy days at Coachella. Whether you've gone to the festival since the first year in 1999 or just started going a few years ago, the festival can feel a bit, well, different than when you were in your teens and 20s. If so, you might want to check and see if you just might be getting too old for this shit.


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The 13 Best Things About Coachella's First Weekend

Note: The first weekend of Coachella, Southern California's version of FPSF, has just concluded Sunday (or early Monday) in the high desert outside Palm Springs. Our friends at LA Weekly and OC Weekly made it through the whole blessed thing, and kindly brought us this recap.

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Round one of Coachella is over and damn, was it a good one! We're all sore, sunburned and smiling. Here's the best of what we saw during another memorable weekend in Indio.


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The Nine Worst Things About Coachella's First Weekend

Note: The first weekend of Coachella, Southern California's version of FPSF, has just concluded Sunday (or early Monday) in the high desert outside Palm Springs. Our friends at LA Weekly and OC Weekly made it through the whole blessed thing, and kindly brought us this recap.

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Coachella's first weekend was amazing this year! Except when it wasn't. Here are the parts of the festival that rubbed us the wrong way.

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Conditions may not have been as bad as they were during last year's Red Hot Chili Peppers set, but Saturday night's dusty conditions were still pretty awful. The winds started picking up when the sun started going down, and by dusk, the sky had turned a coffee-stain brown and festivalgoers were wiping desert residue from their eyeglasses and exposed skin.

Dust got everywhere -- in the cracks of your smartphone, for starters, and then, later, in your scalp, nose and bronchial tubes. It's a disgusting affair and a reminder to bring a handkerchief next time. ADAM LOVINUS

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The 50 Most Beautiful People of Coachella 2014

Note: The first weekend of Coachella, Southern California's version of FPSF, has just concluded in the high desert outside Palm Springs. Our friends at LA Weekly and OC Weekly made it through the whole blessed thing, and were kind enough to share their recaps with us. This article is by Katie Bain.

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So many Coachella-goers spend months before the festival working on their tans, their outfits, their figures, and their breezy poses.

There's a real glut of fabulousness, we have to say, both among those in attendance at the Polo Grounds and the parties surrounding the festival. Here are the 50 most beautiful people we saw at Coachella.


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More Cute Coachella Couples Than You Can Shake a Glowstick At

Note: The first weekend of Coachella, Southern California's version of FPSF, has just concluded in the high desert outside Palm Springs. Our friends at LA Weekly and OC Weekly will be there the whole weekend and will be bringing us regular updates. This article is by Mary Carreon.

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There are certainly plenty of single people wandering around the Coachella grounds; the volume of Craiglist "casual encounters" can attest to that.

But there are also ten tons of couples, the vast majority of whom are completely adorable. Here are the cutest we saw.


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