Happy Hump Day X Fun Fun Fun Fest

Oh.my.gosh it’s final. We’ve got all of the glorious bands that make up Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 in our precious hands muaahahaahaaaaaa! But seriously, we’re already counting the days until November…


Orange Stage

Cut Copy
The Walkmen
Dismemberment Plan
Washed Out
Johnny Marr
Kurt Vile and the Violators
Polyphonic Spree
Blake Schwarzenbach (Jawbreaker/Jets to Brazil/Forgetters)
King Khan and the Shrines
Bill Callahan
Chelsea Light Moving (feat. Thurston Moore)
The Julie Ruin (feat. Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill/Le Tigre)
Daniel Johnston
Mac DeMarco
Beach Fossils
Active Child
Old Podrida
Frank Smith
Wild Child

Black Stage

BLACK FLAG (Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Dex Cadena, Bill Stevenson and Stephen Egerton… so at least Keith Morris will be singing this time)
Death Grips
The Locust
Subhumans (performing ‘Cradle to the Grave’)
The Impossibles
Body Count
August Burns Red
Thee Oh Sees
Cloud Nothings
Melt Banana
The Men
Title Fight
White Lung
Code Orange Kids
Unlocking the Truth
Spray Paint
True Widow
Venomous Maximus

Blue Stage

Snoop Dogg/Lion
Jurassic 5
Simian Mobile Disco (DJ Set)
Big K.R.I.T.
Big Freedia
Lupe Fiasco
Glass Candy
Action Bronson
Little Boots
Star Slinger
Small Black
Big Black Delta
Mykki Blanco
Roger Sellers
LNS Crew

The Yellow Stage (aka Comedy Tent) is still TBA, so keep your eyes peeled.

Tickets are on sale NOW, so get em before they sell out!

FPSF 2013 Line-Up feat. The Stooges, Postal Service, Macklemore…


The initial Free Press Summer Fest 2013 line-up was announced today… and it’s fan-freakin-tastic.

Gotta give wicked credit to Houston for putting on an annual music fest with a consistently good line-up that DOESN’T include Paul Wall every year (not that I would complain).

My crew and I went last year and despite the intense heat (it’s in the first week of June), we were able to enjoy great sets from The Flaming Lips, Snoop Dogg (just before his “Snoop Lion” fiasco), Z-Ro Morris Day & the Time, Afrojack, Diplo, Wallpaper, Fitz & the Tantrums, among others.

Without further ado, here’s the 2013 Free Press Summer Fest line-up (and can I mention how AWESOME it is that Quad City DJs are performing?! Come on, ride the train, it’s the choochoo train, woo woo!!):

The Postal Service

Iggy and The Stooges


Calvin Harris

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

2 Chainz

Alabama Shakes

The Head and The Heart

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Passion Pit

Matt & Kim

TV on the Radio

Gogol Bordello

Cat Power

Of Monsters and Men

Social Distortion

Arctic Monkeys

Mavis Staples

The Geto Boys

Borgore * Dawes * The Bronx * Paul Banks (from Interpol) * SOJA * JAPANDROIDS * Chairlift * The Mavericks * Mord Fustang * Devin the Dude * Baroness * Los Amigos Invisibles * Vintage Trouble * Savoy * Machine Gun Kelly * Super Mash Bros * Milo Greene * Half Moon Run * The Octopus Project * The Men * Ume * Kitty Pryde * Quad City DJ’s * The Beans * Blackmarket Syndicate * Deep Cuts *Showers * Otenki * Forced FEM * Orents Stirner * Infinite Apaches * Chin Xaou Ti Won * Mikey & the Drags * Hello Chief * A SEA ES * UZOY
* The Niceguys * Midnight Norma Lane * Nick Greer & The G’s * TRVP LORDZ ft. BUDA LOVE
* Young Mammals * DJ SUN * RIVERS * American Fangs * Snow In Texas * Ashes Of Babylon

At The Drive-In “Break Their 11 Year Silence”… Possible Reunion Tour?

Twitter blew up today with the announcement that post-hardcore outfit At The Drive-In are… doing something. A post on the band’s official website said simply:

“¡ ATTENTION ! To whom it may concern: AT THE DRIVE-IN will be breaking their 11 year silence THIS STATION IS …NOW…OPERATIONAL.”

This announcement has come just days before Coachella will be unleashing their line-up, coincidence?

I began listening to At The Drive-In a year before they broke up, and never got a chance to see them live, and, after 11 years, thought I never would. I still remember the first time I heard “One Armed Scissor,” it felt like someone had set off dynamite in my brain, and I wanted more.

Though no tour dates have been released, they are originally from El Paso, so I’d expect to see at least a couple of Texas dates in the future.

Here’s a couple of videos so we can all remember how insane they were live, and I hope they can bring that fury back after over a decade.

And, of course, “One Armed Scissor,” the song that you know, even if you don’t listen to At The Drive-In:

Fun Fun Fun Fest: Day 3

OBN III were frickin’ awesome. Nice mix of hard punk and Rolling Stone-esque rock.

That’s our Buddy Jason Smith!

Davila 666 sing in Spanish yet still have the punk kick.

Oh there you are Ted Leo. Got up on the side stage to watch, pretty baller.

Then it rained, and rained.

Check Merch’s Flickr Page for more pics of FX3.