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American Idol Auditions at AT&T Park This Thursday

You've done your time at the Mint and the Silver Cloud, but now it's time for the big leagues. American Idol auditions are going down this Thursday at AT&T Park. Pre-registration is happening now (tables opened at 7 am this morning and will remain open until Thursday at 8 am) so chug some lemon tea and honey and get yourself down there for judgement day.

This Week's Hottest Events: The Killers' Brandon Flowers, Mortified and Stern Grove

Music: Brandon Flowers
We all know him as frontman of The Killers, but Brandon Flowers is now trying his hand at the solo thing. His solo debut Flamingo is due out in September, and he's already begun his tour supporting the forthcoming album. It's no surprise that the intimate Slim's show is already sold-out, but we're betting someone will get sick and have to sell their tickets. $27.50; Thursday, 8/19; Slim's, 333 11th St., 415-255-0333, slims-sf.com

Outside Lands Video: Phoenix

Wait...is that...the sun?!? Phoenix parted the clouds at the Main Stage, delivering a performance that seemed to be the universal highlight of Sunday's Outside Lands. These Frenchies (anyone spot Sofia Coppola in the crowd?) are a damn good live band. Can't beat "1901" in a sunny Golden Gate Park. And they opened with "Lisztomania." Solid.

Outside Lands Video: Al Green

So...a lot of people were hating on Al Green as a choice for a Sunday main-stage performance. But, c'mon, it's Al Green and "I'm So Tired of Being Alone" and "Love and Happiness" are some of the greatest songs of all time. Al showed Outside Lands that he's still got it in the soul and passion department, treating the crowd to his all time greatest hits as well as welcome covers of The Temptations, Roy Orbison and Otis Redding. 

Outside Lands Video: Janelle Monáe

In case you've been wondering, it's true. This girl's got talent. And she can dance. Rocking her signature tuxedo and crooner hair style, the 25 (!) year-old buddy of Outkast's Big Boi showed Sunday's Outside Lands crowd what all the hype's about (although she unfortunately started late due to a delayed flight). Check out the beginning of her set below.

Outside Lands Video: The Strokes

The Strokes, Saturday's headliner, were a crowd-pleaser, playing pretty much the entirety of their 2001 opus Is This It. The group, who has been on an unofficial hiatus for the last few years, is slated to release a new album in 2011. Julian Casablancas reminded us why we like these guys so much, sending off the Outside Lands crowd in search of cabs and N trains to a pitch-perfect rendition of "Last Night."

Outside Lands Video: Wild Beasts

There was a lot of anticipation for the Wild Beasts, who were finishing up their U.S tour with this Outside Lands performance. In the last year, the indie rock band from England's Lake District has racked up some pretty solid praise for their 2009 release, Two Dancers. Their OL set had much room for improvement, a lot of it having to do with what seemed to be a muddled sound snafu. Still, this band has a devoted following and it will be exciting to see where they take things as they evolve.

Outside Lands Video: My Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket has a reputation for being one of the best live bands in the country. They didn't disappoint Saturday at Outside Lands, totally rocking out and delivering what was perhaps the best set of the day. The fog rolled in big time during "Wordless Chorus," (the ultimate driving song?), appropriately shrouding things in a dreamy mist. Also of note was lead-singer Jim James' fuzzy-lined cape and head-towel combo, which he donned later in the set (much to the jealousy of a shivering crowd). My Morning Cape? (Had to do it).

 

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