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Free Press Summer Festival preview: Tears for Fears

May 30th, 2015 · No Comments

Tears for Fears is a great surprise on this year’s Free Press Summer Festival line-up. I still remember listening to the band’s cassettes on my knock-off Walkman while walking to and from high school. “Pale Shelter” ranks high among my favorites, but “Head Over Heels” is up there as well. The group was huge in the Eighties, and you likely know at least a couple of the band’s songs even if you don’t recognize the band’s name.

Here’s a few videos from the band, including a cool recent live show via Spotify.

You can catch the iconic Tears for Fears at Free Press Summer Festival on Saturday, 6.6.15, at 6:5opm on the Neptune Stage.

NOTE: Please remember that FPSF has been moved to NRG Park.

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Free Press Summer Festival update: FPSF moved to NRG Park

May 29th, 2015 · No Comments

From a FPSF post:

The seventh annual FREE PRESS SUMMER FESTIVAL (FPSF) will move forward as planned next weekend (Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7) in Houston. The FPSF team remains committed to producing the event their fans have come to expect and the decision was made to relocate the 2015 event to an area adjacent to the city’s beloved Astrodome and NRG Park (Yellow Lot; 1 NRG Park). This move has been facilitated and aided by the cooperation of the City Of Houston Mayor’s Office Of Special Events and NRG Park. This temporary move is being implemented over saturated ground in the park and to not cause any further damage to the newly renovated ELEANOR TINSLEY PARK–parts of which were submerged with more than 35 feet of water. The safety of the guests, artists and staff is of the utmost concern to festival organizers. As part of the relocation plans, discussions are in place for a portion of the proceeds to be donated for flood relief to our neighbors throughout the region. “We come from the school of thought that the ‘show must go on,’” says FPSF co-founder Omar Afra. “We’re looking forward to coming together as we do every June for a great festival.” “Moving forward with the show underlines the perseverance that we as Houstonians have and the dedication we have to our community,” says co-founder Jagi Katial.

Beyond the site move, the FPSF 2015 weekend will proceed as planned and all original tickets will be honored at the new location. Doors will open at 10:00 AM with music kicking off at 11:00 AM.

More information via Houston Chronicle and Click2Houston.com.

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Free Press Summer Festival preview: Deep Cuts

May 29th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Last year, Deep Cuts released its debut EP, Love Grows, cementing the group’s place among Houston’s indie upstarts. The band has earned itself a slot st this year’s Free Press Summer Festival–which is June 6-7, 2015 in Eleanor Tinsley Park–and is sure to gain new fans as a result. You can get passes to the festival online at fpsf.com.

You can listen to Deep Cuts on Soundcloud, buy the Love Grows EP on Bandcamp, or learn more about the band on Facebook or the band’s website. Or, check them out on Rdio.com.

Check out the band’s video for “Cigarette Boat” below:

Be sure to check out Deep Cuts help kick things off at this year’s Free Press Summer Festival on Saturday, 6.6.15, at 11:30am, on the Saturn stage.

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Free Press Summer Festival preview: Second Lovers

May 28th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Houston’s Second Lovers perform at this year’s Free Press Summer Festival, which is next weekend (June 6-7, 2015) in Houston’s Eleanor Tinsley Park. The band–vocalist/guitarist Nicolas Morales, vocalist Chelsea Renee, bassist Sean Spiller, drummer Josh Hammond, multi-instrumentalist John Maxwell, and guitarist Thomas Truver–has been around the local music scene since 2010. The group’s blend of folksy, rock-influenced Americana brings to mind summery, 70s-era Laurel Canyon rock.

Here’s the band’s promo for its set at Free Press Summer Festival:

Second Lovers plays at FPSF on Saturday, 6.6.15, at 12pm on the Neptune Stage. Be sure to come out early to catch the group’s set.

More information on Second Lovers may be found on Facebook, at www.secondloversband.com, and Bandcamp.

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Free Press Summer Festival just over two weeks away!

May 21st, 2015 · No Comments

It’s not too late to get passes to 2015 Free Press Summer Festival, which runs June 6-7 in Eleanor Tinsley Park in downtown Houston.

Here’s a recap of the 2014 festival:

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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds plays House of Blues

May 11th, 2015 · No Comments

Noel Gallagher, formerly of Oasis, brings his latest band–Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds–back to Houston on Wednesday (5.13.15) to play at the House of Blues. The band is touring in support of its second album, Chasing Yesterday (which you can find on Amazon, iTunes, and local record stores).

There are tickets available to the show, which you can order here.

Here’s a video of one of my favorite songs from Chasing Yesterday, “Riverman”:

Click here for a video of the band live on Jimmy Fallon.

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Help Walter’s Downtown raise money

April 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

Walter’s Downtown needs your help. It is raising funds to pay off debt via an IndieGoGo campaign. So far, it’s reached nearly 25% of its goal.

More information at IndieGoGo.

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Paper Sparrow releases debut album, Bluebird + show at Avant Garden tonight

March 27th, 2015 · No Comments

Paper Sparrow plays its first show after the release of Bluebird tonight (Friday, 3.27.15) at Avant Garden, with Dead Leslies.

You can download Bluebird (and name your own price for the album) at www.papersparrow.us.

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SXSW Overflow Fest 2015 at Super Happy Fun Land

March 16th, 2015 · No Comments

It’s that time of year again — South By Southwest is happening in Austin, and Houston’s Super Happy Fun Land is getting in on the action with its annual SXSW Overflow Fest. Every night from March 12-March 25, SHFL will host a ton of bands.

More information may be found on Facebook or at SHFL’s website.

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The Suffers to play Late Show With David Letterman on March 30th

March 9th, 2015 · No Comments

Wow! Good for The Suffers. Catch them on Letterman on Monday, 3.30.15.

Buy their EP, Make Some Room, here.

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