My Morning Jacket
Not many rock bands seem wholly comfortable in their mid-career britches, when the street cred can begin to fade and the artistic edge becomes susceptible to dulling. But count My Morning Jacket — which played a sprawling 23-song set Friday night at the Bill Graham Civic Center — among the impervious rock bands aging gracefully and suitably (see also: Wilco, Radiohead, and, incidentally, another band who played Bill Graham over the weekend, The National).
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).
This weekend's Outside Lands lineup has suffered mixed reviews, many bemoaning the lack of standout headliners. Um, obviously they didn't take a look at the list of food vendors. Serious SF food star power! Let's Be Frank, Namu, Yats, Pica Pica Maize Kitchen! But since the festival is all about the, uh, the music, we decided to pair food and bands for the ultimate GG Park experience. Here's what we really think would bring out the flavors this weekend's musical acts.