Free Press Summer Festival Preview

Free Press Summer Fest 2017 preview

rBeatz is covering two festivals in one weekend. It’s festival season, and we’re just getting started.

We have photographer, videographer and (occasional) designer, Brian Benton, in the photo pit taking rad pictures and talking to some of the acts at Free Press Summer Festival in Houston, Texas.

The festival started in 2009 to emphasize local musical performers, visual arts and artists. This festival is run by the local independent newspaper, Free Press Houston, and concert promotion company Pegstar.net. The festival focuses on creating a greener experience for the event, implementing a recycling program, carbon offset credits and a partnership with the Texas Campaign for the Environment.

Below, I’ll go into the schedule I’d go on if I were down in Houston. Brian is a different human with different tastes, so he might be interested in catching different acts than myself but that’s okay! People are different and have different opinions on what they like. You might be asking yourself, “WELL WHO THE EF IS THIS GUY?!?!” I’m someone deeply passionate about the arts, music in general, and my tastes lean more towards electronic (sometimes heavier stuff if I’m at a festival), soul/funk, and hip-hop.

I have outlined the acts I’d see in GREEN.  I’ll mention these acts with a short description and a song of theirs I like.

Day 1 – Saturday, June 3rd

Free Press Summer Festival Day 1 2017

Mod Sun

The rapper from Minnesota says his music is about empowerment. “It’s about saying it’s okay to sit by yourself on a Friday night and make music. You’ll never be lonely if you love the person you’re alone with.” His name stands for “Movement On Dreams Stand Under None.”


The Texas trio takes influence from 1960’s Thai funk. Khruangbin means “Engine Fly” in Thai. Their sound can be described as bass heavy and psychedelic with a tinge of Tarantino soundtracks and surf-rock cool. The band members are Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald “DJ” Johnson on drums.


The Vancouver producer has been killing the remix game and is now releasing original productions. Too Soon featuring Maty Noyes is his second original. Pretty good if you ask me.

Anna Lunoe

Australian DJ, vocalist, songwriter and producer kills any stage she’s on. From big festivals to more intimate bar settings.

“I’m your high-heel killer, I’m your midnight thriller, I’m your bass drum dealer – and I always deliver.” Her career really took off after her house collaboration with Touch Sensitive, Real Talk, ended up at #1 on the Beatport Indie Dance Chart for four months straight in 2012.

Fast forward 5 years, and she now broadcasts to over 100 countries on Beats 1 every week. Below is her new single, Godzilla.

Cashmere Cat

The introverted beat-maker is pop’s not-so-secret weapon. He’s produced for Kanye, Ariana Grande and Tinashe. He likes to be more behind the scenes, so I won’t say much else. Below is the only full-length available song on Soundcloud off the Norwegian producers debut studio album, 9. It’s FIRE!

Lil Uzi Vert

All his friends are dead apparently. That’s sad, but 1.5- XO TOUR Llif3 is EVERYWHERE right now. It’s everywhere I turn.


The Canadian electronic duo DVBBS (pronounced “Dubs”) is known for their head-banging live performances. The group is made up of brothers Alexandre and Christopher van den Hoef. They are one of EDMs biggest acts.  Below is their new music video for You Found Me feat. Belly.

Post Malone

Rapper from Syracuse, New York is a phenom. He first started gaining major recognition in 2015 with the release of White Iverson. He released his debut album, Stoney, in December of 2016 and it’s FIRE. Below is his new song, Candy Paint, featured in The Fate of the Furious.


“Making music is about having an impact,” exclaims Carnage. With a versatile demeanor and deft approach, he mixes electro, hip-hop, pop, and trap into an intoxicating brew of dirt, defiance, and diversity. Carnage is known to destroy festival stages all over the world. Below is his new music video with G-Eazy, Down For Me.


The Bay area rapper really blew up on my scene after releasing, Me, Myself & I with Bebe Rhexa. He recently released a 4-track EP Maximum.  Listen below.

Day 2 – Sunday, June 4th

fpsf day 2 2017

Coast Modern

Seattle-native Luke Atlas and LA-local Coleman Trapp create modern alternative music with some rock ethos. Below is their new song, Dive.

Bad Suns

The four-piece band released their Sophomore album, Disappear Here, about 8 months ago. The alternative-rock band formed from a friendship between Christo Bowman (vocals) and Gavin Bennett (bass) in a 7th grade. The pair picked up Miles Morris (drums) and Ray Libby (guitar) along the way. Below is a remix by Aqua of the band’s most popular single, Heartbreaker.

Stick Figure

The California reggae band is the only reggae band during FPSF. I think this will be a nice break from the other genres. I’m always trying to hear more Reggae at these things anyway!

Charli XCX

We recently featured Charli XCX in our last post, so we figured we’d go ahead and add our second favorite song off of her 3rd studio album.

Party Favor

Dylan Ragland aka Party Favor will be a nice uptick to the electronic music feel to this festival. He had major collaborations in 2016 with Dillon Francis, Gucci Mane, Sean Kingston, Rich The Kid, Gent & Jawns and Georgia Ku. EDM Trap is his game, so you should stretch before his set. Below is a remix by RAWTEK of his song, Whole Lotta Money.


Australian chart toppers best hit below. They never disappoint and their uplifting vibe will be a good break from the potentially scary trap from Party Favor.

Jai Wolf

Jai Wolf has been showing his versatility, moving from the harder trap/future bass to a more ambient style. We’re really enjoying watching the producer from New York City’s progression as a producer. The producer was born in Bangladesh, Sajeeb Saha.

Cheat Codes

The Los Angelas trio will certainly lift your spirits with their uplifting melodies, bass play, dynamic percussion elements, and indie-house vibes. Truly a modern pop electronic style group that I can’t help but smile along with. Their new single, is super wubby. When I first heard the drop, I got goosebumps.


Just watch his entire Miami Ultra set from this year, and you can get a sense of what to expect from JAUZ. Hyphy doesn’t even begin to describe this set. If you’re looking to go apeshmit and dance like maniacs for an hr with friends. Try putting this on. WARNING: THIS SET ONLY PERTAINS TO THE HEAVY HEADED. Maybe should have mentioned this is a dubstep set…


With massive success from Flume’s Sophomore album, he released all the songs remixed from notable artists in the game. Absolutely amazing.

We also have a special surprise, bringing in DJ/Producer BRB to run a special mix of artists attending Free Press Summer Festival in 2017. Listen below, and maybe even play it for your pregame sessions?

Chris Stack

After graduating from Kenyon College, Chris Stack joined a branding and marketing startup, BrandYourself (as seen on SharkTank), in New York City. After leading the company to grow past profitability as a leading account manager, Chris set his sights on his passion: music. He currently runs his own LLC in New York City, helping musicians in the city with their online presence and marketability. A native of the Washington DC area, Chris Stack's passions and hobbies include music production (8 years on Ableton), marketing, baseball (Mets), football (Ravens), Netflix n chillin, and the experience economy.

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