Free Press Summer Festivalkicks off today in Houston, and if you’re one of the tens of thousands to get a pass early, be sure to make plans to catch Austin’s The Octopus Project. I’ve been a long-time fan of the theremin-jamming foursome, and the band’s live performances have never disappointed. The band is set to release its fifth album, Fever Forms, on July 9th, and you can get a digital EP (including a video) of the album’s first single here.
Here’s a live video to whet your appetite:
The Octopus Project plays FPSF on Sunday, 6.2.13, at 8:20pm on the Jupiter Stage. Enjoy!
Chase Hamblin & The Roustabouts will perform songs from the group’s recent album, VAUdeVILLE, during Free Press Summer Festival. The festival, which runs June 1-2, 2013, in Houston’s Eleanor Tinsley Park, is a sold-out event.
View a video of Hamblin and company’s 2011 performance at FPSF below:
Chase Hamblin & The Roustabouts help kick off FPSF tomorrow (6.1.13) at 12:10pm. Be sure to get there early to catch the band’s performace.
Houston’s The Suffers open the second day of Free Press Summer Festival in Houston this Sunday (6.2.13) so make plans to shake it off, rub on more sunscreen, and get to the park early. Passes to FPSF are no longer available, so hopefully you planned ahead.
Here’s a video of The Suffers live:
The Suffers play Free Press Summer Festival on Sunday, 6.2.13, at 11:40am.
The band has a new 7-inch for “Slow It Down” that will be available in late June. More information on The Suffers is available here.
Local man about town, music promoter, music fiend, and all-around nice guy Mark C. Austin debuts his new photo exhibit, Print Job – A Collection of Music Photography, at Cactus Music’s Record Ranch Gallery in Houston this Friday (5.31.13) from 6-9pm. Austin has been a long-time music photographer and has had access to many bands that eventually found fame (such as industry punching bags Kings of Leon). This access allowed him to capture some impressive images over the years, and this collection will undoubtedly include some of his best photographs.
Here’s some of the press release about Print Job:
Get a front-row and on-stage perspective on popular music’s most celebrated performers with Print Job – A Collection of Music Photography by Mark C. Austin, an exhibition to open at The Record Ranch Gallery inside Cactus Music, 2110 Portsmouth, on Friday, May 31st. The exhibit features unique images at live music venues around the country. Images include everything from Willie to Sir Paul to St. Vincent. In Print Job, Austin shares some of the more unique captures of the last two years of his escapades.
“Some might call my desire to capture these live music moments an obsession. I’d agree. It’s an obsession that I take pride in. For me, it’s more than just the experience of being there, it’s grabbing a little piece of that show and taking it home.” – Mark C. Austin
Austin’s photos have appeared in Paste, SPIN, and Rolling Stone magazines. His prints will be for sale, so bring some extra coin.
Austin’s The Sour Notes–a band with Houston roots–returns to Free Press Summer Festival for its third year in a row. The band plans to releasing a new “cassingle” (no, really) at the festival and also plans to head to Canada and the East Coast for the NXNE Music Festival.
The Sour Notes plays Free Press Summer Festival’s Venus Stage at 8:30pm this Saturday (June 1, 2013).
Please be aware that the event is sold out, and passes will not be available at the gates.
The sold-out Free Press Summer Fest is rapidly approaching. The festival, which runs June 1-2, 2013, in Eleanor Tinsley Park near downtown Houston, hosts a ton of local bands as well as some big-name headliners. You can find the full schedule at the Free Press Summer Fest website.
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In addition to Houston Calling, you can occasionally read David's thoughts on music in Space City Rock,
and Houston Press. He has previously written for All About Jazz,
Splendid, Swizzle-Stick, Envy, Free Press Houston, and Houston magazine.
He is a very happily married new father and his loving family indulges his varied musical tastes.