Free Press Summer Fest

Summer Fest Round Table: Guilty Pleasures & Geeking Out

Today Rocks Off asks our writers covering Free Press Summer Fest this weekend, "Which artist playing the festival is your guilty pleasure or makes you geek out the most?" We're glad to see we have so many Morris Day fans in our midst.

Neph Basedow: My Summer Fest guilty pleasure will be the Flaming Lips. Really. Even though I have seen them a handful of times before, I'm always rubbed the wrong way by their need for over-the-top theatrics, Wayne Coyne's hands dramatically rallying the crowd nonstop, like a cheerleader and throwing confetti at me, instead of focusing 100 percent on the songs.

I never liked cheerleaders, but I usually like musicians. Nevertheless, I always enjoy myself at Lips shows, and I'm looking forward to seeing them once again...alas, this "guilty pleasure" question was kind of an easy answer for me, so whatever that means.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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