CHANCE THE RAPPER
Mars Stage, 7:50 p.m. Saturday
I'm not sure where my lack of enthusiasm for Chance The Rapper began, but I'm just not a big fan. His Acid Rap mixtape was pretty fresh, and his live show is exciting, colorful and loud. But there's something about him that just doesn't rest well with me. It's like when you pass a stranger on the street and you feel like you know him from somewhere, and when you go talk to him, he brushes you off. Plus Chance The Rapper will probably take forever to set up and start his set late, or he might even cancel his set, both of which I've experienced from him at music festivals in the past two years. Oh, and his verse on Action Bronson's "Baby Blue" track was not amazing, it was lazy and unimaginative. Sure, you can classify me as a Chance hater, but I'll be over at the Saturn Stage watching St. Vincent on Saturday night at 8 p.m., and you should, too. (MARCO TORRES)
Don’t bother going to see Charli XCX, because she won’t be playing FPSF; not this year, anyway. Her name disappeared from the lineup somewhere about the time Peaches was added to it. There was never any mention of it from Free Press or Charli’s people. Whatever the reason, it is a shame that she is not on the bill to round out a quite eclectic lineup. Whether by coincidence or not, you can still check her out Friday morning on the Today Show’s Summer Concert Series. (JACK GORMAN)
Mars Stage, 9:50 p.m. Saturday
Unless you’re stopping by Kells’s set to heckle or hate-watch, I’d encourage you to skip this washed-up creeper’s fuckery altogether. You know why. It does not matter how much you like to secretly jam out to the “Ignition Remix,” because all of the hip-hopera tea in China is not worth supporting this dude’s set. He needs to go away. Don’t think of your ‘90s R. Kelly love when you’re deciding what shows to try to fight your way into. Maybe think of the children instead. (ANGELICA LEICHT)
I flat-out don’t like R. Kelly. Every time I see his stupid face, I think about how he probably peed on Aaliyah, and it’s gross. He believes he can fly. I believe he can go fly a kite. (NATHAN SMITH)
Sure, his performance has been laden with controversy since it was announced, but beyond that, the guy hasn't been relevant for what, a decade? I'd be lying if I didn't admit it would be fun to hear "Ignition" live, but his spot on the lineup has been more trouble than it's worth. (MATTHEW KEEVER)
Mars Stage, 6:50 p.m. Sunday
If you're the type who thinks dance music is all mindless, hedonistic noise that no one in his or her right mind would listen to...well...yeah, go ahead and avoid the Major Lazer set at all costs. You'll be happier, the people mindlessly dancing will be happier, everyone wins. Except for the people dragged along to these things by their friends. Get better friends. (CORY GARCIA)
If you're one of the ones leaving Houston to go see the Rolling Stones up in Dallas or Metallica out in Austin, I cannot blame you. It's not that Saturday is bad, it's just... uninspiring, with the awkwardness of R. Kelly being the ugly cap to a boring day. Besides, do you really want to sweat out your weight in water and fake like you care about Mike Jones just to hear "Still Tippin'" again? These bands will all be back (except, sadly, probably, Tears for Fears) in places with air conditioning. I'm just saying. (CORY GARCIA)
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Mars Stage, 8:40 p.m. Sunday
Are you a 14-year-old boy who loves to hear the bass drop? No? Well, then you should probably not head over to Sir Skrillex’s set, because you’re not going to get it. Like, at all. You probably won’t even understand life after you stand awkwardly in the midst of some, uh, very excited and not-at-all-chemically-altered youngsters, who will be Energizer-bunny-bouncing around to the throbbing bass, blocking you at every turn as you try to find an exit strategy. But you won’t find a way out because there will be too many not-high teenagers, and you’ll just stand there in horror, confused as to what the hell you walked into, and counting the minutes (which are timed by bass drops) until it’s over. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. (ANGELICA LEICHT)
WELCOME TO HOUSTON
Saturn Stage, 5:30 p.m. Saturday
What was a highlight last year isn’t having quite the same effect in 2015: last year’s “Welcome to Houston” set, chock-full of The H’s favorite living hip-hop legends, brought more rap lovers to Eleanor Tinsley than ever before. However, the buzz isn’t nearly as audible this year. What seemed like a novelty showcase made fans buy tickets and come witness a once-in-a-lifetime moment. Until, you know, that moment was announced to happen again the very next year. Kind of loses the sheen, doesn’t it? (SELENA DIERINGER)
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