Arts + Culture
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.
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.
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."
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.
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).
People: It's time to do some serious psyching-up for what are sure to be some adrenaline-infused moments next week: Arcade Fire tickets go on sale for their sure-to-be epic Bay Area shows in October. First up is an October 2nd performance at the Greek Theatre. Tickets for that go on sale August 22nd. Their second show is in the woods of Big Sur at the Henry Miller Memorial Library, a few days later on October 5th. Tickets for that performance go on sale August 18th at high noon. Mark your calendars!
Our July cover artist, Wendy McNaughton, is showing more of her hand drawn creations this month at Shoebiz's Haight Street store. The opening reception was last night, but Shoebiz is celebrating McNaughton's art and Outside Lands all weekend with DJs and discounts, so drop by and check it all out!
The Atheist Film Festival, which comes to the Red Vic Movie House this Saturday (and is FREE), is bound to attract many an intellectual, along with a a delightful splattering of conspiracy theorists and wackos.
The full day includes six films and documentaries, like Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, The Rapture and The Four Horsemen, as well as a collection of shorts starring the irreverent minds of George Carlin, Ricky Gervais and others. Filled with curiosity and a hankering to see a young David Duchovny in 1991's The Rapture, we talked with the festival's co-founder and director David Fitzgerald to get to know how this San Francisco oddity came to be.