In case you hadn't already heard (like onour Twitter feed
), theFlaming Lips
are this year's headliner forFree Press
Summerfest, the Oklahoma psych-rockers' first Houston appearance since their joint tour with Beck stopped at Jones Hall back in 2002. TheFree Press
' Omar Afra andPegstar
's Jagi Katial announced the full lineup for Houston's up-and-coming music festival in Eleanor Tinsley Park, which mercifully moves to June this year instead of the middle of August, Sunday afternoon in the park between the Menil Collection and the Rothko Chapel. Other Summerfest artists this year are mash-up mayhem artisteGirl Talk
, erstwhile Beastie Boys DJMix Master Mike
, Houston'sSlim Thug
, NYC jazz/funk trioMedeski, Martin & Wood
, Canadian indie-poppersStars
, indie-rock firestartersRa Ra Riot
, garage terrorizers theDetroit Cobras
, Memphis roots-punksLucero
, radical rappersDead Prez
and electro whisperersLymbyc System
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. That's not all, of course. There's about 50 local and regional Summerfest artists to come after the jump - but not, interestingly enough, many from Austin this time around. "We leaned so heavily on Austin bands last year, we kind of shied away from them this time," Afra told Rocks Off Sunday afternoon. Doesn't appear to have hurt the festival much, if at all...
Not bad, huh? A limited amount of $15 - that's right, $15 - Summerfest passes are on sale now right now at www.freepresssummerfest.com. Get 'em while they last, which won't be long.