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The much-anticipated 2014 lineup for Free Press Summer Fest is out. With everyone from folk-favorite Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros to country crooner Dwight Yoakam included this year, there really seems to be something for everyone.

Since starting six years ago, Free Press Summer Fest has grown from an estimated 30,000 attendance in 2009 to nearly 100,000 last year. Houston's premier music festival takes place May 31 and June 1 at Eleanor Tinsley Park.

Here are the highlights of the new lineup:

Jack White

Since parting ways with Meg in 2011, Jack White has been, well, rather all over the place. Going from The Raconteurs to The Dead Weather and now focusing on his solo career, White has done it all. With a blues-y type of rock-and-roll that anyone can appreciate (see: "Sixteen Saltines"), the Detroit darling is the ultimate festival headliner (you really can't afford to miss him).

Vampire Weekend

This indie rock four-piece band, known most widely for its 2008 self-titled album which featured hits "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa," "Mansard Roof" and "Oxford Comma," actually started at New York's Columbia University. Vampire Weekend took that initial success and ran with it, releasing two more albums in only two years, both receiving critical and popular acclaim.

 If you're headed to Summer Fest to have fun, nothing makes a better soundtrack than the pop-rock of Vampire Weekend. 

If you're headed to Summer Fest to have fun, nothing makes a better soundtrack than the pop-rock of Vampire Weekend.

Lauryn Hill

Perhaps best known as a member of 1990s hip-hop group, the Fugees, Lauryn Hill has had quite the solo career as an R&B singer, including the 1999 smash hit single, "Doo Wop (That Thing)" (not to mention her incredible rendition of "Killing Me Softly"). In spite of her truly one-of-a-kind vocal skills, Hill only recently returned to the stage after taking a long sabbatical from performing, so don't miss this amazing opportunity to see her live.

Childish Gambino

While you may know Donald Glover by his Community name, you ought to know him as Childish Gambino since he's bound for hip-hop stardom. His second studio album, Because the Internet — replete with electro-hip-hop stunners like "Crawl" and "Sweatpants" — is more than enough to convince you to check him out.

Die Antwoord

Ninja and Yo-landi's style may not be for everyone, but with thumping bass and spitfire lyrics, it's hard not to get on board with the South African duo's brand of hip-hop. After gaining attention with 2009's hit single "Enter the Ninja" from their $O$ album, Die Antwoord has gained a prolific following in the United States. Check out tracks "I Fink U Freeky" and "Fatty Boom Boom" from 2012's Ten$ion if you're ready to be converted to their "rap-rave" style.

The full Free Press Summer Fest lineup:

Jack White

Vampire Weekend

Lauryn Hill

Zedd

Pinkish Black

Dead Roses

Grand Old Grizzly

Ill Liad

Above & Beyond

Wu-Tang Clan

Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros

Dwight Yoakam

Childish Gambino

Deftones

Cage The Elephant

The Kills

Die Antwoord

Big Gigantic

Chvrches

DMX

The 1975

tUnE-yArDs

Laidback Luke

Rebelution

Washed Out

The Naked and Famous

Adventure Club

Flosstradamus

Drive-By Truckers

Lord Huron

Ying Yang Twins

Sky Ferreira

J. Roddy Walston & The Business

First Aid Kit

Mariachi El Bronx

Paper Diamond

King Khan & The Shrines

Flatbush Zombies

The Oh Hellos

Shakey Graves

Wildcat! Wildcat!

Poolside

Robert Delong

The Orwells

Anamanaguchi

Venomous Maximus

Wild Party

Carnival Talk

Driver Friendly

Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
 
The Chain Gang of 1974
 
William Fitzsimmons
 
Destruction Unit
 
White Sea
 
Uh Huh Her
 
Jana Hunter
 
The Tontons
 
Syd Arthur
 
Lizzo
 
Benjamin Booker
 
Bagheera
 
Wild Moccasins
 
Ishi

Feathers
 
A Fistful of Soul
 
Yung Slutty
 
Eagle Claw
 
BLSHS
 
The Caldwell
 
Pleasure 2
 
Children of Pop
 
Los Skarnales
 
New York City Queens
 
De'Wayne Jackson
 
Make
 
Another Run
 
Gracie Chavez

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