Since this year’s FPSF has so many bands, I’m sure it’s going to be overwhelming for a lot of folks so I’m going to try to help you out a bit by giving you some recommendations over the three days leading up to the big weekend for National, Regional, and Local acts. The idea isn’t to be all-inclusive but to just make a few suggestions and if you want to post your suggestions for each day’s category in the comments, please do.
Yesterday, we highlighted a few national acts. You can read that post here (link) if you missed it but today we’ll zoom in a bit more to some regional acts. Again, feel free to make your suggestions in the comments.
For the full schedule visit: http://www.freepresssummerfest.com/schedule.php
Papermoons was a phenomenal Houston band who put out one great album, moved to Austin, and then kind of seemed to disappear. That album was one of my favorites when it came out with a moody sadness, lovely harmonies, and instruments played with a wonderful sense of understatement. Thankfully, the duo has returned. I cannot recommend these guys any more highly.
Another ex-pat that moved to Austin, these guys put on a great show and maybe because I play guitar, I can’t get enough of this band especially when they play live. Lauren Larson is hands down one of the State’s best and most engaging guitarists. She melds her awesome skills with a kind of Angus Young theatrics which, lets face it, with her long hair just looks fucking cool when she’s thrashing about. Eat your hearts out, metal heads!
Girl In A Coma (San Antonio)
This San Antonio trio of sisters have been getting consistent buzz for quite a while now. They put on a bad ass show and they have the tunes to back it up too. Hell they are on Joan Jets’ label which alone is cool enough in my book but they also probably did the best take on The Smiths I’ve ever heard with this tune.
Quintron and Ms. Pussycat (New Orleans)
How you live in this city could not have seen Mr Quintron is beyond me. The guys comes through town often enough where you should have no excuse but in case you’ve been living in a cave this New Orleans cat puts on some of the most fun and weirdo shows you could possibly ever see. Dancing usually ensues, there are often puppets involved, and his drum buddy is pretty damn cool.
Erykah Badu and The Cannabinoids (Dallas)
Erykah Badu has been pretty quiet on releases for quite some time so it was kind of a surprise to see her on the bill but don’t let that lag put you off. Badu’s soulful voice and scrappy personality are one of a kind and something not to be missed. She did a collaboration with fellow headliners The Flaming Lips recently for record store day ( a 10 minute version of sludgy spacy version of “The First Time I ever Saw Your Face”) that’s just inspired weirdsies but here is one from the last album she released a few years back…
Free Press Summerfest 2012
Saturday June 2 & Sunday June 3
Eleanor Tinsley Park
Saturday, June 2 - Acts include Afrojack, The Flaming Lips, DJ Bizz, Snoop Dogg, Fatal Flying Guilloteens, Bad Veins, Caddywhompus, Jeff The Brotherhood, Erykah Badu and the Cannabinoids, David Leibe Hart, Valient Thorr, The Riff Tiffs, Sundress, R3hab, Bobby Burns, Major Lazer, Two Door Cinema Club, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Venomous Maximus, Maps and Atlases, Bang Bangz, Rusted Shut, Future Blondes, Tyagaraja, Z-Ro, Phantogram, Los Skarnales, Sister Crayon, Love Horse, Glasnost, Black Leather Jesus, Poopy Lungstuffing, Eyes Burn Electric, Zorch, Chelsea Wolfe, Diplo, Starfucker, Morris Day and The Time, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Best Coast, Turquoise Jeep, Bombon, Quiet Corral, Espantapajaros, Pale, GoREALah Soul, Lazer Cun*zz, The Eastern Sea, East Cameron Folkcore, The Big Sleep, Brains for Dinner, MC Buda Love, The Wheel Workers, Sideshow Tramps, DJ G. Wizz, Ceeplus Bad Knives, the last place you look, Zlam Dunk, The Journey Agents, Kirby Brown, The Escatones, The Annoysters, Ashes of Babylon, Clockpole, & PAPAYA
Sunday, June 3 – Acts include Pretty Lights, Primus, The Tontons, Electric Touch, Girl In A Coma, David Garza, The Avett Brothers, Shabazz Palaces, What Made Milwaukee Famous, The Watermarks, Descendents, Giant Battle Monster, Infantree, Ume, Danny Brown, The Sour Notes, Orgone, Vanaprasta, Touche Amore, Darwin’s Finches, Willie Nelson, Big Freedia, A Sea Es, New York City Queens, Jody Seabody and the Whirls, Ancient VVisdom, Last Year’s Men, Portugal. The Man, Wallpaper., The Manichean, The Small Sounds, The Grass Skirts, Square and Compass, Ponderosa, Young The Giant, LIMB, Featherface, The Electric Primadonnas, Demonic Hen, Muzak John, Fitz & The Tantrums, Fat Tony, Second Lovers, Black Magic Marker, Robert Ellis, Quiet Company, New Bruises, The Anarchitex, The Freakouts, Papermoons, The Wild Moccasins, Bart Black, Suite 709, Black Coffee, Grandfather Child, DJ Sun & Resolution, Harts of Oak, Jon Black, Immigrant Punk, Suraj K, DJ Fredster.