Free Radicals (band)
Free Radicals in May 2012
|Origin||Houston, Texas, USA|
|Genres||Funk, Ska, Klezmer, World Music,|
|Associated acts||Pretentious Percussion
Khalif of Plifedis
K.Z. of I
Nelson Mills III
Tony Dodrill - Barilla
Free Radicals' live band includes six or seven members. On recordings—The Rising Tide Sinks All (1998), Our Lady of Eternal Sunny Delights (2000), Aerial Bombardment (2004), and The Freedom Fence (2012)—Free Radicals invites a group of 50 or more musicians and vocalists into the studio.
Drummer Nick Cooper founded the group in 1996, with a goal of specializing in improvised music. In 2000, The New Yorker wrote "The horn-heavy, continually evolving collective Free Radicals produces a wildly eclectic fusion that has as many influences as there are items in the Houston, Texas, pawnshop in which they honed their sound during all-night jam sessions." In 2010, Dawn (newspaper) wrote that the artwork and message about underwater oil-leaks, oil-wars, and bank-crashes on the band's first CD was like a "premonition waiting to become true." 
Free Radicals performs many concerts, marches  and fund-raisers for anti-authoritarian and radical groups like food not bombs, peace festivals, and charities events including a continuous 24-hour concert in November 1999 to raise money for Kid Care, a health program for children. They have protested against Halliburton, and participated in marches for immigrants' rights and for a Houston janitor's union.
Free Radicals has won the following 18  Houston Press awards:
- 2013: Best Jazz 
- 2012: Best CD, Best Song, Best Jazz 
- 2011: Best Jazz,
- 2010: Best Jazz,
- 2009: Best Jazz, Best Drummer
- 2008: Best Jazz
- 2004: Best CD by Local Musicians
- 2003: Best Jazz
- 2002: Best Jazz
- 2001: Best Jazz
- 1999: Best Jazz, Best Funk, Best Drummer
- 1998: Best Jazz, Best Unsigned Band
- 1998: The Rising Tide Sinks All
- 2000: Our Lady of Eternal Sunny Delights
- 2004: Aerial Bombardment
- 2012: The Freedom Fence
- Okuhara, Greg (2006-06-01). "Music Notes: Free Radicals set to bombard Bryan". Knight Ridder News. p. 1.
- Dansby, Andrew (2012-06-15). "Free Radicals Tear Down Fences". 2995.
- "Music". The New Yorker. 2000-03-27. p. 1.
- Ghazi, Sahar Habib (2010-07-12). "Jewish music for Palestine". Dawn (newspaper).
- Serrano, Shea (2009-04-29). "Fresh Fruit: Mango's attempts to resurrect Westheimer's bohemian past.". The Houston Press, Houston, TX.
- Capitan, Craig (2008-04-02). "Snook isn't the center of the world for Free Radicals". The Eagle, Bryan-College Station, TX.
- Okuhara, Greg (2007-07-05). "Musical reaction to Houston's Free Radicals". Knight Ridder News. p. 1.
- Rouner, Jeff (2011-01-28). "Free Radicals Blend Break-Dancing, Capoeira Into Fitz's Show". Houston Press.
- "The 2013 Houston Press Music Award Winners". Houston Press. 2013-08-07.
- "The 2012 Houston Press Music Award Winners". Houston Press. 2012-08-08.
- "Your 2011 Houston Press Music Awards Winners". Houston Press. 2011-11-16.
- "Like Hell Yeah". Houston Press. 2010-08-19.
- "The 2009 Houston Press Music Award Winners". Houston Press. 2009-07-31.
- "2008 HPMA Winner List". Houston Press. 2008-07-30.
- Lomax, John (2006-07-27). "Bring Back the Jams!". Houston Press.
- "Mount Coy". Houston Press. 2001-07-26.