BestFest Adds Hayes Carll, Carolyn Wonderland, Slim Thug & Against Me!

Hayes Carll at Warehouse Live, shortly before KMAG YOYO went nuclear.
Hayes Carll at Warehouse Live, shortly before KMAG YOYO went nuclear.
Jason Wolter

Who loves you, Houston? Rocks Off does, silly.

We are proud to welcome these four artists to BestFest, September 24 and 25 at the Midtown superblock: Woodlands boy turned alt-country golden child Hayes Carll; native Houstonian blues belter Carolyn Wonderland; boss of all bosses/human tweet Slim Thug; and Tallahassee-bred vein-bulging punks Against Me!

So, yes, we hope you will join us exactly one month from today. Take the MetroRail to McGowen and don't worry about parking.

Hayes Carll: After conquering the Americana world with his album KMAG YOYO - a surefire Top 5 for Rocks Off and many others, and may wind up the most-played Americana album of the year - Carll continues his assault on mainstream country with incursions into Jazzercise and line dancing.

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Carolyn Wonderland: The winner of many, many Houston Press Music Awards shared an Austin City Limits bill with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings last weekend. Conveniently enough, her brand-new album, Peace Meal, comes out the Tuesday after BestFest on Ray Benson's Bismeaux Records.

Slim Thug: Most recently oversaw the creation and release of his Boss Hogg Outlawz crew's odds 'n outtakes Outlaw Wayz and next week's Serve and Collect 3 mixtape. Other than that, here are a few of Thugga's recent tweets. He appears to have a newfound fascination with Guns N' Roses, annotating many of them with "gnr."

BestFest Adds Hayes Carll, Carolyn Wonderland, Slim Thug & Against Me!
BestFest Adds Hayes Carll, Carolyn Wonderland, Slim Thug & Against Me!
BestFest Adds Hayes Carll, Carolyn Wonderland, Slim Thug & Against Me!

Against Me!: After some Canadian dates with Blink-182, using BestFest to warm up for a fall European tour. Recently recorded a cover the Clash's "Janie Jones for The Onion's A.V. Club (below). Took 'em long enough.

Now, on to what many of you have been waiting for: Who is playing what day? Rocks Off is happy to oblige. Note: This is not the order in which the artists will be appearing.

Saturday: Against Me!. Chamillionaire, Bun B, Slim Thug, The Tontons

Sunday: Cake, Deer Tick, Buxton, Hayes Carll, Carolyn Wonderland

Weekend passes and much more information at bestfesthouston.com. You have exactly one week until the price of general-admission and VIP passes goes up from $25 and $95, respectively. Get cracking.

More BestFest names soon. Rocks Off may give away some passes soon too, if you're nice to us and keep reading. Just saying.


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