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Free Press Summer Fest delivers the musical goods


Indie music lovers of Houston, this is for you! On August 8 and 9, Eleanor Tinsley Park in Buffalo Bayou will set the scene for an awesome music, art, and beer festival organized by Free Press Houston called the Free Press Summer Fest. When I first read about it a month ago I was in complete shock over several things: that Houston is having an actual music festival; that there are actually good indie bands playing at said festival; and that it is so inexpensive - just $10 for a one-day pass and $16 for both days.

I have been checking out the bands on the lineup since I heard the news on a music forum for of Montreal, one of the headliners. Yes, I am a true music nerd and of Montreal is my favorite band, so hearing they were coming to Houston so soon after I saw them play at Bonnaroo blew my mind—FPSF just didn’t seem like something that would entice a band that has reached a level of popularity where they sell out venues like the Roseland Ballroom in New York.

Photo by Matt Jordan at You Ain't No Picasso


As one of the headliners, of Montreal will be gracing us with their presence eight months after their stop here for the Skeletal Lamping tour, which was hands-down the best show I’ve ever attended. If you’ve seen them live, you know what I’m talking about—they really know how to deliver the goods. Incorporating their psychedelic electro-pop style of music with performance art that acts as a live music video, this crew (along with their ninjas and tigers) never disappoints.

They’re not the only band worth sweating your face off in the August heat for, though; The Octopus Project and Explosions in the Sky, both from Austin, are psychedelic little poppies that rock. However, I couldn’t sing you a song off any of their albums. And there definitely won’t be as much action onstage.

Also performing are Broken Social Scene, The Sword, Voxtrot, Devin the Dude, Prince Paul, What Made Milwaukee Famous, UME, and many other independent and even local bands—more than a handful of which I’m sure are worth spending a day in the nice, hot Texas sun to see live.

For more info: Free Press Summer Fest