Earlier this week, the folks at Free Press Houston announced the lineup for the third installment of their Free Press Summer Fest. With some great headliners slated to take the stage at Eleanor Tinsley Park June 4-5, it may be the best excuse to go outside and endure the Houston heat since the invention of swimming pools. With two day passes starting at only $30, it is a cheap way to enjoy some great bands and forget the fact that you’re stuck in Houston for the summer if you’re forced to go back home.

Perhaps the biggest name on the billing this year is Weezer. Despite their major missteps over the last few years, though they slightly redeemed themselves with last year’s Hurley, the opportunity to see the band that brought you albums like The Blue Album and Pinkerton in a festival setting is worth the admission price alone. Hopefully, there will be plenty of sing alongs from those two albums on display.

In addition to Weezer, all around weirdos Ween, The Black Angles, Yeasayer, Lower Dens, and the always entertaining hardcore group Fucked Up will bring the rock to Eleanor Tinsley Park. Rap has a decent representation too, with MF Doom, Z-Ro, and Houston’s own Bun-B scheduled to play the fest. However, one of the most exciting announcements came in the form of Australian electro-pop group Cut Copy. Their 2008 album, In Ghost Colours, was filled to the brim with memorable tracks, and the same can be said for this year’s Zonoscope. They put on a great show, and will no doubt get the hordes of sweaty festival goers dancing as though they were in an air conditioned nightclub.

In addition to the headliners, Summerfest is also host to smaller bands, many from the Houston area or Texas. This year will see St. Edwards University alumnus’s The Eastern Sea join Houston favorites Wild Moccasins and Black Congress, as well as some oddly named groups like Pasadena Napalm Division, Delicious Milk, and the Annoysters.

With over 30,000 people in attendance last year, an increasing reputation, and the opportunity to discover new music amidst some great bands, you could do a lot worse than spend a summer weekend at Free Press Summer Fest. As long you bring plenty of sunscreen, stay hydrated, and remember to bathe at the end of each day, your festival experience should be one to make you forget the sweltering Houston heat.

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