The Best Regional Acts at FPSF 2015
Mercury Stage, 2:10 p.m. Saturday
Austin-based BOAN is an electronic duo consisting of Jose Cota and Houston-raised vocalist Mariana Saldana. Don’t let the electronic description fool you into thinking that they are an EDM act; BOAN is more like a Spanish-speaking Crystal Castles. Their synth-pop songs like “Freaksnake” and “Secretos” have been described as deep, dark and romantic. The duo emerged from the former band, Medio Mutante and have a highly anticipated LP, Mentiras, that will be released Tuesday following FPSF on Holodeck Records. (JACK GORMAN)
GARY CLARK JR.
Mars Stage, 4:10 p.m. Saturday
Austin’s own Gary Clark Jr. isn’t exactly a small-potatoes regional act. After an extremely successful 2014 touring the country and hitting up the talk show circuit, he is a clear highlight of the 2015 FPSF lineup. Pairing ridiculous Texas-drenched guitar chops with the perfect amount of melodic catch, Clark is sure to make this Texas crowd feel right at home, even at a new FPSF venue. (SELENA DIERINGER)
Jupiter Stage, 6:10 p.m. Saturday
The gnarliest mosh pit of the fest is going down at the Jupiter Stage on Saturday. Peddling the world’s most exciting brand of Satanism, New Orleans’ Goatwhore figures to be a hair-whipping revelation amidst a sea of totally cute artists at FPSF – and War Master bassist Trans Am is holding down the low end for the Goat these days, so there should be a strong contingent of Texas headbangers there to say hello. Fair warning: St. Vincent is going to sound sort of weak afterwards. (NATHAN SMITH)
Neptune Stage, 1:20 p.m. Saturday
You have to be really brave or really, well, brave to cover a Drake song and expect it to go well, and Sarah Jaffe's bravado paid off. Her honest lyrics and brilliant vibe will be a breath of fresh air, which isn’t terribly plentiful when you’re crammed ass to elbows at a festival. You’ll be glad for the change of pace before you head back into the midst of chaos. (ANGELICA LEICHT)
Venus Stage, 7 p.m. Saturday
Ben Kweller won me over with his surprising stage presence and eclectic music when he opened for Pete Yorn at House of Blues in 2011. Summer Fest 2015 will bring the Jewish cowboy back to Houston and, in spite of his ties to Dallas, I can't wait to see him again and hear his blend of country and Southern rock. (MATTHEW KEEVER)
Jupiter Stage, 7:50 p.m. Saturday
Austin by way of Denton’s Riverboat Gamblers aren’t exactly new to the festival scene, having performed at many since their 1997 breakout. A fest favorite due to their ridiculously energetic, madcap stage show, the group offers a different kind of party vibe to this year’s FPSF lineup that would otherwise be missed without their appearance. For those of us who were bred on the excitement of each summer’s Vans Warped Tour, Riverboat Gamblers is not a set to miss. (SELENA DIERENGER)
Saturn Stage, 8 p.m. Saturday
It's been brought to my attention that a few of you were upset the pride of Dallas, TX wasn't on our can't-miss acts list. Fine. Go see St. Vincent. Don't focus on the fact that she's "weird," just focus on that whole thing where she's an amazing musician with great stage presence. Side note: you know what would have really made a statement? Putting St. Vincent on at the same time as R. Kelly. Just saying. (CORY GARCIA)
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