Top

music

Stories

 

Inglorious Basterds

12 things we learned about Houston rap in 2012.

3. Summer Fest a $14M Big Deal: Headlined by Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, the Flaming Lips and an aromatic haze over Eleanor Tinsley Park, the fourth Free Press Summer Fest drew an estimated 81,000 people last year, breaking the old record by nearly 25 percent. In October, a University of Houston study commissioned by FPSF founders Free Press Houston and Pegstar Concerts found that the two-day festival brought about $14 million into the local economy and that one in four attendees came in from out of town — a figure that made one of the study's authors tell Rocks Off that the number of cultural tourists coming to Houston for events such as FPSF "may be more than we think."

2. Static: There are so many more sophisticated ways to listen to music without paying for it these days that it's a little puzzling two of our biggest stories of the year involved the seemingly lifeless medium of terrestrial FM radio. But both the 103.7 sale/selling out in May and December's Walton and Johnson flap (which wasn't even really about music) were proof that our readers love them some squeaky wheels. There's not much else to say, except to add one more word in support of 89.7 FM, Alvin Community College's "Gulf Coast Rocker" and radio done right.

1. Gimme Noise: Heard any good noise complaints recently? Last year at this time, that was all Houston was hearing, as the controversial noise ordinance revision passed by City Council in October 2011 led to squawking all over the music scene. The amended law gave police much greater enforcement authority (unfairly, many said) and led to numerous fines and even jail time for several bars and music venues.

Before he became Snoop Lion, Snoop Dogg helped Free Press Summer Fest set a new attendance record.
Marcos Torres
Before he became Snoop Lion, Snoop Dogg helped Free Press Summer Fest set a new attendance record.
HPD squad cars were a common sight outside Boondocks this past winter.
Marco Torres
HPD squad cars were a common sight outside Boondocks this past winter.

For a while it seemed like you couldn't go to Boondocks, one of the hardest-hit venues, without seeing an HPD squad car in the parking lot. But miraculously — thanks, we'd like to think, in some small part to May's Houston Press cover story "Sound Effects" — by last summer, most of the cases had been tossed.

« Previous Page
 |
 
1
 
2
 
3
 
All
 
My Voice Nation Help
0 comments
 
Houston Concert Tickets

Concert Calendar

  • August
  • Wed
    20
  • Thu
    21
  • Fri
    22
  • Sat
    23
  • Sun
    24
  • Mon
    25
  • Tue
    26
Loading...