The Best Houston Acts at FSPF 2015

L-R: Hiram; Second Lovers
L-R: Hiram; Second Lovers
All Photos courtesy Free Press Summer Fest

CATCH FEVER
1:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jupiter Stage
Last year’s Shiny Eyes was one of the best records released in Houston, an amalgamation of indie, electronica and pop. Catch Fever has ascended quickly within the Houston music scene to reach national acclaim, performing at the 2014 CMJ music conference. Live, the band fixes its sights on arresting the audience’s attention, and their dynamic performances seldom disappoint. Having toured exhaustively during the last year, Catch Fever's skills are further honed to produce a prodigious set this weekend. (STEPHAN WYATT)

GIO CHAMBA
1:20 p.m. Saturday, Mercury Stage
The days of future past blended with Gio Chamba’s 21st-century sound generates the necessary party sounds FPSF needs. Chamba meshes traditional cumbia arrangements with electronic manipulations to create performances that force casual listeners to put away their smartphones and dance to his infectious beats. It is simply a matter of time before Chamba becomes an internationally beloved act; moreover, it is also only a matter of time before you start to hear throngs of musicians inspired by his ability to piece together two musical styles that beg to be joined together. (STEPHAN WYATT)

GUILLA
Venus Stage, 12:50 p.m. Sunday
I’m going to need Guilla’s help on Sunday. 12:50 is going to come way too early, and I’m hoping that the energetic local rapper’s “Rap, Trap & Drums” can get me into the proper state of mindlessness to forget that there’s another huge stack of sun-baked hours ahead of me. (NATHAN SMITH)

HIRAM
Mercury Stage, 11:10 a.m. Sunday
This is actually really simple: you should go see Hiram because he's probably the best electronic music producer in Houston, and you should see him before the rest of the world steals him away from us. He's worth showing up early. (CORY GARCIA)

KULT DISNEY
11:40 a.m. Sunday, Neptune Stage
Josiah Gabriel’s Noah Clough and Chase DeMaster’s Children of Pop have collaborated to produce one of this year’s most commanding musical takeovers. DeMaster's masterful songwriting infuses contagious beats with pop melodies, while Clough’s gift for constructing Burial-inspired ethereal landscapes and block-rocking beats will inspire the most introverted dancer to break off of the leash. The Future Sounds of Houston are the right ingredients for any festival. (STEPHAN WYATT)

NIGHTDRIVE
Mercury Stage, 3:10 p.m. Saturday
The two-man crew of Rodney Connell and Brandon Duhon make up futurewave group Night Drive and split their time between Houston and Austin. The synth-heavy electro-pop band recently added a drummer, Gibran Nassif, to enhance their live performances and is scheduled to hit both cities' major music festivals. At times their sound could be a spot-on mimic of the godfathers of Goth, Bauhaus. Close your eyes when they play “Nocturnal” and visions of Peter Murphy staring back at you will quickly appear. (JACK GORMAN)

SECOND LOVERS
12 p.m. Saturday, Neptune Stage
Houston’s own band of hippie-hipsters Second Lovers helps to round out this year’s FPSF. Otherwise devoid of the Americana-rock that for the last half-decade has driven postmodern men to purchase suspenders and grow full beards, the lineup needed this homegrown touch. After the amazing boon of banjo-laden music earlier in the decade, the popularity is still present but not nearly as overgrown. For those who love an instrument-driven, throwback sound that still upholds modernity, Second Lovers should be a great set. (SELENA DIERINGER)

THE SUFFERS
Saturn Stage, 2:10 p.m. Saturday
Are The Suffers an obvious choice for one of the best local acts of this year’s FPSF? Yes. Does that mean that they should be omitted from this list? No! Finally gaining some of the national recognition that this Motown-throwback juggernaut deserves, The Suffers are sure to please their hometown fans with a solidly smooth performance. For those Houstonians who still haven’t experienced the delightfully stylish tone of this band, run, don’t walk. In a year or two, these opportunities will surely be harder to come by. (SELENA DIERINGER)

L-R: Thelastplaceyoulook, The Tontons, We Were Wolves
L-R: Thelastplaceyoulook, The Tontons, We Were Wolves

THELASTPLACEYOULOOK
Jupiter Stage, 2:40 p.m. Saturday
Thelastplaceyoulook has been recording new songs, reworking old ones and, if vocalist Nava has had any say in the matter, writing the catchiest choruses you'll hear in their genre of rock. Theirs is a loyal fan base, but FPSF will likely see them showcasing an updated sound to a crowd full of fresh faces. I'm excited to hear what their next offering will sound like. (MATTHEW KEEVER)

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THE TONTONS
Saturn Stage, 1:30 p.m. Sunday
Unofficial mayor of Houston Bun B once declared The Tontons the best band in Houston, and he’s definitely not wrong on that call. Asli Omar and bandmates are definitely the long-established stars of the local indie scene, and you should definitely find your way over to their set this weekend. Omar's haunting vocals make her mesmerizing onstage, which should provide a nice break from...you know...the incessant bass-dropping or whatever you silly kids are into. (ANGELICA LEICHT)

WELCOME TO HOUSTON
Saturn Stage, 5:30 p.m. Saturday
Bun B? Check. Paul Wall? Check. Slim Thug, Z-Ro, Mike Jones, and Devin the Dude? Check, check, check and check. You can’t get a more trill bunch of locals than the ones who come with Welcome to Houston, so pay attention when that skunky smell starts to rise in the humid Houston air. Chances are, it’s time. Bun B will teach you all about how we do it in Houston, land of sippin’ the syrup and bangin’ the Screw, which would be worth fighting the crowds for just in itself. But it’s not just Bun; it’s Paul Wall proclaiming his love for the Texans, Mike Jones tellin’ you about them hoes from back then, and Slim Thugga being Slim Thugga, too. Invisible trunks will be poppin’ all over FPSF during this set. Just watch. (ANGELICA LEICHT)

WE WERE WOLVES
Jupiter Stage, 12:20 p.m. Saturday
We Were Wolves are on the heels of another album release, and they're noteworthy if your musical palate is more inclined toward rock music than the buffet of EDM, hip-hop and pop music currently inundating the industry. They're authentic, grungy and lacking any frills that might distract anyone from their tunes. (MATTHEW KEEVER)

Info at fpsf.com.

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