Save the Last Dance
Who says hipsters are too cool to dance? On June 4 and 5, the Dancey Pants tent at Free Press Summer Fest at Eleanor Tinsley Park will be bouncing with hyped-up scenesters shimmying to the sounds of Canadian hip hoppers Chromeo and indie darlings Neon Indian.
Among the other acts performing in the Gritsy & Reprogram Media-curated electronic tent are Skream & Benga, 12th Planet and Lil' Keke.
In the past decade, Chromeo has reinvented itself from unabashedly campy underground emcees to dance music mainstays. During SXSW, the two-guy gig seduced an audience at the Whitley Warehouse with their infectious 1980s-homage pop and vocalist Dave 1's chiseled features. Free Press festival goers can start memorizing their just-dropped album, Business Casual, released on a shiny white vinyl.
"Chromeo's just a really fun act to see live," Free Press' Omar Afra tells CultureMap. "The last time they came to Houston they just killed it."
Afra also suggests Skream as a festival goldmine. "They were supposed to play during SXSW, but didn't make it. He's kind of like one of the unsung Michael Jordans of dubstep‚ really good stuff."
The Denton-based Nintendo-tinged Neon Indian will bring their glo-fi indie pop to the tent on Saturday. Incidentally, the band recently released a collaboration with 2010 Free Press Summer Fest headliner, The Flaming Lips.
The $225 Dancey Pants pass is a new addition to Summer Fest, which is now in its third year. With the killer lineup, rapid entry, free bar drinks and massages, Free Press is pitching the ticket as a must-have. "FREE SCHWAG" is also being promoted as a party favor.
Watch the video for Chromeo's Bonafied Lovin' below: