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2014 Free Press Summer Fest

Posted by teibs On June - 3 - 2014

fpsflogo 300x138 2014 Free Press Summer FestSince Zack was in NYC and Andy was in L.A. we sent David Sackllah to Houston to cover Free Press Summer Fest thanks to the free passes Verizon was generous enough to bestow upon us. He braved a lightning storm and powered through for an incredible Jack White set and saw everyone from Lauryn Hill to Vampire Weekend and a one of a kind Houston hip hop show. 

@Dsackllah “FPSF will go on rain or shine.” With every wristband that was mailed out, the envelope contained a small piece of paper with rules regarding said wristband that concluded with that phrase. About 3pm on Saturday, if you were to search Twitter for “FPSF,” the majority of mentions were made up of disgruntled concertgoers quoting that phrase back to the organization. In a controversial decision, Free Press made the call to evacuate the entire festival at 2pm due to lightning and a flood advisory for the area set by the National Weather Service. Outside of a steady yet moderate rain that lasted for about an hour before clearing up, the weather was calm, and sunny for a long while before the festival decided to reopen at 4, pushing back many acts and canceling others. Surely, the festival made the decision that the organizers thought was best for the safety of the crowd, but it left many disgruntled. Read the rest of this entry »

2014 Free Press Summer Fest #MoreFPSF Contest

Posted by teibs On May - 28 - 2014

fcfpsfcontest 300x90 2014 Free Press Summer Fest #MoreFPSF ContestOur friends at Verizon have been gracious enough to reach out to us and and give us TWO PASSES TO FREE PRESS SUMMER FEST THIS WEEKEND! We’re going to run a Twitter contest today to get you to the Houston festival that has everyone from Jack White and Vampire Weekend to Lauryn Hill, Wu Tang, The Kills and White Sea. The festival runs Saturday and Sunday, and I don’t know about you, but I want more! #MoreFPSF. What would that look like? Jack White playing a pop-up show on the street for you and a few friends? Lauren Hill meeting you for coffee? Morgan Kibby of White Sea hanging with you in PJ’s helping you write your own break-up song?

Tweet your fantasy of what #MoreFPSF would look like in your wildest dreams. The best entry will win a pair of passes. You have from 9 am to noon central time on 5/28/14 to enter and you can enter as many times as you want. Just be creative and have fun with it! And be sure to tag your tweets and Instagrams with #MoreFPSF all weekend to get a chance to be upgraded to the Verizon VIP Cabana.
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SXSW Blow by Blow Thursday

Posted by teibs On March - 20 - 2014

thursdaysxsw 300x163 SXSW Blow by Blow Thursday @ZackTeiblom When we last left our hero, he was drunk and clean and happy to be heading to bed after a 20 hour day that ended with Watch the Throne and a treacherous bike ride home. Shockingly, I didn’t wake up feeling great. Still, it was only day two, so I had to find strength in breakfast tacos and copious amounts of electrolytes and sandwiches and power through. The day before, we’d told our contact at the bar that we’d swing by to pick up the posters around 10. It was now close to 11 and we weren’t making any sudden moves to get out of bed. I didn’t even bother texting them. I just headed out into the world, but needed to make an important stop first. Read the rest of this entry »

SXSW 2014 Blow by Blow Wednesday with Jay-Z and Kanye West

Posted by teibs On March - 19 - 2014

kanye jay z watch the throne 300x171 SXSW 2014 Blow by Blow Wednesday with Jay Z and Kanye West@ZackTeibloom I asked Andy what he thought of my SXSW 2014 by the Numbers post and he told me it was fine, but read more as a list of things I did. He wanted the stories. We have a tradition in my family of giving a blow by blow (BBB) account of a vacation. We want to hear all the details from the airport to the meals to the events. So here’s the BBB of my SXSW.

We’ll pick up on Wednesday of music week. There was a lot of fun to be had before then, but I more or less covered the podcast tapings and parties in the by the numbers post. I promised Andy I’d pound this story out on my lunch break today. He said that I’m free pound out whatever I want, but he didn’t want to hear about it. Touche. I’ll piece it together as best I can from memory and twitter. Read the rest of this entry »

SXSW 2014 by the numbers

Posted by teibs On March - 18 - 2014
peeyellow 224x300 SXSW 2014 by the numbers@ZackTeibloom Whew. Another incredible SXSW in the books. Every year it reminds me why I moved here in early March, five years ago. SXSW is everything. The day before the fest started, I was resigned to being without a badge or wristband and hoped I could see a few shows and find a way to make the most of it. When a magical badge showed up thanks to Caitlin’s connection and my name got pulled for the Jay-Z and Kanye lottery, every little thing fell into place. I got to interact with my favorite sports journalist (Bill Simmons), see my two all-time favorite rappers in a tiny venue, sat in the first couple rows as my two favorite podcasts (Comedy Bang Bang & You Made It Weird) were taped live, talked to Max Fisher and George Bluth, had a long conversation with Gareth Campesinos, saw my new favorite band (White Sea) four times, saw my favorite up and coming indie rock band (Oberhofer) three times in one day and, aside from missing the Hendrix tribute show and a couple more comedy shows, I saw everything I dreamed and then some.
It was just perfect. For all the backlash about the vomit-y Gaga performance and explosion of corporate hoo rah blah blah, I had the best SXSW yet. I spent 10 days on my bike with Caitlin, navigating through throngs of festival goers, hopping all over this great city for the best Spring Break on Earth. Even after taking Sunday off, I’m still recovering Tuesday morning, but here’s a quick rundown of my SXSW in numbers Read the rest of this entry »

finaltwo 300x149 Favorite Song of 2013 Contest: Finals: Arctic Monkeys Do I Wanna Know? vs. Paul McCartney NEW@ZackTeibloom It’s New Years Eve and we’re actually going to finish the contest on time for once. It’s a battle of the Brits, as Arctic Monkeys and Macca are our finalists. As for the contest, since Sami picked AM to win it all, she can make up Eric’s massive lead and send us to a tie. Andy and I debated having a tie breaker in case that happens, but we’re big Eric and Sami fans and will happily give them both a prize if it comes to that. This wasn’t the bracket I expected, but I do love both these songs and can’t wait to see who we crown the favorite of 2013. We’ll close it up around noon on New Years Day or whenever we’re awake enough to stumble to a laptop. Happy New Year. Stay Safe. Don’t forget to vote. Read the rest of this entry »

finalfour3 300x83 Favorite song of 2013: Final 4: Eminem vs. Arctic Monkeys & Paul McCartney vs. JT@ZackTeibloom It’s New Years Eve Eve and we’re still in the final four, so let’s throw down in a big catch-all post and crown a winner by New Years Day for once. We have no#1 seeds in the final four. It appears our readers prefer Macca, JT, Eminem and Arctic Monkeys to Daft Punk, Robin Thicke, Lorde and Arcade Fire. As for your brackets, Andy’s lifelong friend Eric seemed especially cocky as he turned his in this year, noting “P.S. – I would like to add that I will win this year because I am a super sleuth.  I consider myself a modern day Nancy Drew.  That is all…” Well, he was right. He’s up by 8 points with two round to go. Let’s get into the match-ups and see the only person who can beat him in the finals. Read the rest of this entry »

pmcvcc 300x168 Favorite Song of 2013: Round 2: Capital Cities Farah Fawcett Hair vs. Paul McCartney New@ZackTeibloom We end round one with a battle between the greatest living songwriter and a band that relies on a chorus of “It’s good shit.” You’d think this would be a slam dunk for Macca, but this has been the most unpredictable year we’ve ever had. I’ll admit, I’ve really come around on “Farah Fawcett Hair.” I found it obnoxious at first, but it grows on you. I mean, who doesn’t like Michael Jackson “Thriller” or Back to the Future 2 or all that other “good shit” they list. And of course Andre 3000 makes the song. Still, 100 times out of 100 I’m going to prefer a fresh NEW and great Paul McCartney song that stands up with his other stuff. I’d think this would be an easy choice, but you Capital Cities fans are apesky bunch.

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yyyvjt 300x168 Favorite Song of 2013 Contest: Round 2: Justin Timberlake Mirrors vs. Yeah Yeah Yeahs Sacriledge@AndyShore Justin Timberlake wins at life, in general, but he may not win our Best Song of the Year contest if the Cinderalla story continues for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Can the triple threat actor, musician and SNL pro beat the triple named band? We shall see. If the recent streak of top seeds being beaten beaten remains a trend, we may see the Yeah Yeah Yeahs continue on in this competition. It’s your turn to reflect. Will you vote for “Mirrors” or do you say yes, yes, yes to more Yeah Yeah Yeahs (sorry to recycle a joke … I’ve been drinking for two days straight). Read the rest of this entry »

afve 300x168 Favorite Song of 2013 Contest   Round 2   Arcade Fire Afterlife vs. Eminem Survival@AndyShore The only thing these two artists have in common is that album after album, they continue to impress us. Arcade Fire put out one of the best songs of the year. Eminem showed why he’s still a top 3 rapper out there. Both these albums were touched by two of the best producers out there. An all time great in Rick Rubin worked his magic on The Marshall Mathers LP 2. James Murphy left Arcade Fire with their most dance-y album to date. I won’t get mad at either winning. Will Arcade Fire be seeing the “Afterlife” sooner than expected? Or will they be left with the bad taste of Eminem’s mom’s spaghetti in their mouths? Read the rest of this entry »

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