Throughout their 11-year career, Brooklyn's The National has continually produced hauntingly beautiful albums that inspire both healthy rock outs and reflective broods. It's that breed of high/low that makes their latest release, High Violet, one of our favorites of the year and an album perfectly suited for this manic depressive weather.
The National knows how seasoned indie rock is done – scruffy, tender, anguished, at times screaming, and preferably in an old-British-looking coat. Lead singer Matt Berninger belted out (if you can call that deep of a voice belting) “Abel”, “Slow Show,” “Fake Empire” and other favorites to an adoring crowd at the Sutro Stage. Check out "Mistaken for Strangers” below.
SF’s second annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival is just days away. We can hardly wait for the weekend, and we’re especially excited for this year’s OSL night shows (details to come later today) to quench our thirst until Friday. But speaking of Friday, here are our picks for Friday’s must-see acts at Outside Lands. We recommend getting well acquainted with the stage layouts before showing up and running around. It’s going to be a tight schedule, so make sure you plan who you want to see beforehand. Here are our picks for the best of Friday.