In what has become the worst-kept secret since either the end of The Crying Game or last Sunday's revelation that the Flaming Lips are this year's Summerfest headliners, the lineup of April's Houston International Festival has been leaking all over local music Web sites this week. Rocks Off will cop to spilling a few of those beans ourselves, both in print and online. But seriously, can you blame us (or anyone else)? In all the years we've been keeping an eye on iFest - Rocks Off was paying attention, if not attending, even back in our Austin Chronicle days - this year's festival feels top-to-bottom like the strongest one to date. iFest, spanning the weekends of April 17-18 and 24-25 on several stages spread over downtown, has outdone itself in booking all three types of artists: Those who would otherwise come nowhere near Houston, those who should really think about playing here more often and those who already do. We've cobbled together a few video examples of iFest 2010 performers from all three categories after the jump. Enjoy.
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6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 25, Chron.com Houston Stage See the complete lineup (now) and buy tickets (after 10 a.m.) at www.ifest.org.