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Get discounted passes to Houston Whatever Fest

August 4th, 2014 · No Comments

Houston Whatever Fest 2014

Houston Whatever Fest is this weekend, August 8-9, in and around Warehouse Live. The line-up features Local H, Rebirth Brass Band, Helmet, Mute Math, Filter, Otenki, Limb, Ceeplus Bad Knives, Square and Compass, The Hold Steady, comedians, and more.

One- and two-day passes are available. Get a limited-time discount from Living Social here.

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Yes, Indeed! music fest announces line-up

July 27th, 2014 · No Comments

Mark your calendars! AR*V and Jason Smith Enterprises presents YES, INDEED! 2014, which is scheduled for Saturday, 9.13.14, at The Continental Club, The Big Top Lounge, Alley Kat, and Pachinko Hut in Houston.

The bands slated to perform include Black Pistol Fire, Another Run, Electric Attitude, BLSHS, We Were Wolves, The Trimms, Catch Fever, Rivers, Poor Pilate, Otis The Destroyer, Megafauna, England in 1819, Sphynx, Keeton Coffman, Tom Lynch, AJ Vincent, HandsomeBeast, Crashing Colors, Sand Dollar Swing, Fake Believe, Cavern Hymnal, Belvoir, Deep Fried Five, After Nations, Little Spear, Robert Kuhn, Forever Miles, Ma & God, and more.

More information may be found on Facebook and $12 advance tickets may be purchased via Stubwire.

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Craig Kinsey album release show at Fitzgerald’s tonight, with Buxton and The Happen-Ins

July 26th, 2014 · No Comments

Craig Kinsey album release show, 7.26.14

Buy the album here or at local record stores.

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Houston Whatever Fest

July 25th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Houston Whatever Fest

The inaugural Houston Whatever Fest, which features local and national bands and comedians, will be held Saturday and Sunday, 8.9.14-8.10-14, in and around Warehouse Live. The line-up includes Mute Math, Passion Pit, Filter, Neon Indian, Blonde Redhead, The Hold Steady, Kreayshawn, Rebirth Brass Band, Andrew WK, Trust, The Queers, The Dwarves, Helmet, Local H, and local acts such as A Sea Es, Another Run, Otenki, We Were Wolves, Catch Fever, and more.

Comedians include TJ Miller, Bobcat Goldthwait, Iliza Shlesinger, Sam Demaris, Kumail Nanjiani, Andy Huggins, Bob Biggerstaff, Lisa Fredrick, and more.

Two-day passes are available for $55. VIP passes–which include access to shaded outdoor viewing area, access to elevated indoor viewing area, a festival T-shirt, and a festival poster– are $150. Single-day passes are $35. Gets yours at www.houstonwhateverfest.com.

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Vote for local favorites in the 2014 Houston Press Music Awards

June 25th, 2014 · No Comments

2014 Houston Press Music Awards

The nominations are out for the 2014 Houston Press Music Awards. You can vote online at http://musicawardspoll.houstonpress.com.

Up for best local recording of the year:

  • Abstract Desires, BLSHS
  • Footprints On the Moon, Doughbeezy
  • The Spirit Speaks, Jones Family Singers
  • Wild Desperation, B.E. Godfrey
  • Find What You Love and Let It Kill You, Linus Pauling Quartet
  • Royal Oak Blues Cafe, Trudy Lynn
  • The Champ, Ragged Hearts
  • Hell and Half of Georgia, Mike Stinson
  • Make Out King and Other Stories of Love, The Tontons
  • 88-92, Wild Moccasins

View the other nominees on the Rocks Off blog.

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The Tontons play free FPSF make-up show this Friday night

June 5th, 2014 · No Comments

The Tontons

Blame it on the rain…

The Tontons were one of the bands that had their 2014 Free Press Summer Festival set cancelled after the weather evacuation this past Saturday. While unfortunate, in reality it’ll be much better to see the band play in a smaller setting at Fitzgerald’s–for free, no less–this Friday night (6.6.14).

RSVP for the show here.

Local acts Wrestlers, Fat Tony, and BLSHS are also on the bill.

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Ume plays free show at Cactus Music this Friday

June 4th, 2014 · No Comments


Austin’s Ume–a band which got its start in Houston–is having a heck of a run, with frontwoman Lauren Larson recently performing with Heart’s Nancy Wilson in San Francisco last month and the band set to play London’s Hyde Park in July with Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, and Motorhead at British Summer Time, and sold out shows in New York City. Before that, however, Ume returns to Houston for a show at Fitzgerald’s this Friday night (6.6.14), and also plays a free set at Cactus Music on Friday at 5:30pm.

Should be some killer shows.

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Free Press Summer Festival starts this morning

May 31st, 2014 · No Comments

Free Press Summer Festival
Today’s the day — 2014 Free Press Summer Festival kicks off at 11am today (Saturday, 5.31.14). While it’s sure to be a muddy (and potentially rainy) mess, it is also a great chance to catch a slew of local and national acts. Locals such as The Tontons, Wild Moccasins, A Fistful of Soul, Grand Old Grizzly, Gracie Chavez, New York City Queens, Wrestlers, Children of Pop, BLSHS, and Born Liars (among many others) mix with Jack White, Washed Out, Drive-By Truckers, Dwight Yoakam, The Kills, Deftones, Above & Beyond, Wu-Tang Clan, and many more.

Check out continuing coverage on Space City Rock, Houston PressRocks Off, and Free Press Houston.

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Free Press Summer Festival preview: Sylvan Esso

May 30th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Sylvan Esso–Amelia Meath from Mountain Man and Nick Sanborn from Megafaun–has a hell of a buzz right now, so it’s great that we get to see them in Houston this weekend at 2014 Free Press Summer Festival. The duo’s album recently premiered on NPR’s First Listen, where it was called “2014’s most intoxicating debut,” and the band plays an interesting brand of electronica that will undoubtedly play right into the eclectic mood of FPSF. Can’t wait to check out the set.

Here’s the video for “Play It Right”:

Listen to an interview on NPR Weekend Edition here or a live performance here.

Sylvan Esso plays in Houston at Free Press Summer Festival on Sunday, 6.1.14, at 12:50pm on the Neptune Stage.

More information may be found on Facebook or Soundcloud.

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Free Press Summer Festival: what to bring, what not to bring

May 30th, 2014 · 1 Comment

More information may be found here, but below is a list of what you can and what you cannot bring to the nearly sold-out 2014 Free Press Summer Festival, which starts tomorrow morning (May 31st) in Eleanor Tinsley Park on the edge of downtown Houston. Please pay attention and don’t hold up the lines for the rest of us — thanks.


  • Sun-friendly items such as a swimsuit, cover-up, sunblock, sunglasses, hats, personal umbrella.
  • You may bring an empty water container to fill at the fest, such as a CamelBak.
  • Backpacks (will be searched)
  • Personal cameras are allowed, and the rule prohibiting detachable lenses has been lifted this year so bring them at your own risk. The promoters reserve the right to use photographs taken at the event in promotional materials.
  • Towel or blanket for sitting (no chairs).
  • Cash (small bills) and credit cards. Cash will be accepted for food, drinks, and memorabilia, and in some locations credit cards will be accepted as well. There is no need to purchase food/drink tickets first. ATMs will be available throughout the fest grounds as well.


  • As per requirements by the City of Houston, no water or any other liquid or food is admitted. There will be plenty of water available for free and for sale. Empty camel packs or reusable non-glass water thermoses are allowed and can be filled once in the fest, but must be proved empty upon entrance. Again, no outside food or drinks, including no water or water bottles, sealed or unsealed.
  • No pets of any kind allowed.
  • No coolers.
  • No canopies, tents, or other big pointy obstructions.
  • No motorized vehicles.
  • No weapons.
  • No professional photography, video, or audio recording equipment.
  • No unauthorized vending, sales, solicitations, or promotions.

Note that festival security will be checking bags and confiscating prohibited items at gate.

Also, given the weather situation, I’d suggest a towel or two for the ride home.

Free Press Summer Festival is held May 31-June 1 in Eleanor Tinsley Park in downtown Houston. Remaining passes are available here.

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