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Where to Get Warm (and Vitamin D) Less than 1.5 Hours Away

It's supposedly the coldest San Francisco summer in almost 40 years. That means you can pretty much bet that Outside Lands is going to be one foggy, cold music celebration. While you can warm yourself with the festival's galaxy of food and wine offerings, shivering to Al Green classics under four layers of clothing isn't everyone's cup of tea.

This Week's Hottest Events: Outside Lands, Literary Death Match and Dolores Park Documentary

Food+Wine: TasteTV Taste-Off
You be the judge. Be amongst the 100-plus people at Press Club this Wednesday for TasteTV's first annual Wine and Food Pairing Taste-Off. You'll sample six combinations of seasonal plates with four reds and two whites. Let your opinion be known so that Press Club can determine the best pairing to add to their lounge menu and smile pretty. You might just be on camera. $45; Wednesday, 8/11; Press Club, 20 Yerba Buena Lane, 415-744-5000, tastetv.com

Outside Lands Lineup: Forget the Bands, What About the Food?

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.

Next Weekend's American Craft Council Show Rivals the Coolness of Outside Lands

No ticket to Outside Lands? No problem, because there's an almost cooler event going down the same weekend: the American Craft Council show at Fort Mason. It's a celebration of all things handmade and one-of-a-kind, and there's so much to take in, there's no possible way you could do it all in one day.

The main attraction is the showcase of talented up-and-coming artists from around the country who excel in making uncommon creations, like upcycled jewelry made from LEGOs to "trashion" pieced together from weird materials like fish skin and fruit bags.

Kings of Leon, Gogol Bordello Anticipate Wine Teeth at Outside Lands

We just got off an Outside Lands press conference call with Kings of Leon singer Nathan Followill, Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello and Scott Youklis, head chef at Maverick. They're just excited as we are to eat our hearts out and listen to the good tunes coming our way August 14th and 15th.

Pack Your Schedule: Upcoming Local Art Events

As we near the real summer months in San Francisco and people stop hiding from the fog, my social calendar gets particularly crowded. And it's not all about Outside Lands or the World's Ugliest Dog Contest. The local arts scene is heating up too, so we've put the best on our radar for you choose fill your own sunnier days:

The Week in Local Music News

Local garage rock heavyweight and USF alumni Ty Segall gets some major props from Pitchfork [via Pitchfork]

Despite previous claims to the contrary, the folks behind Outside Lands admit to lineup problems and poor ticket sales [via San Francisco Chronicle]

The Week in Local Music News

The Bay Bridged announces an all-ages garage rock blowout at the woefully underutilized Sierra Bowl [via The Bay Bridged]

Lower Haight's electronic music staple Robotspeak reopens; hosts London's Gold Panda [via XL8R]

SFBG goes emo for Tim Kasher's The Good Life [via SFBG]

San Francisco blogger Ears of the Beholder puts together a must-download mixtape [via Ears of The Beholder]

Psych-rockers Sleepy Sun share some tales from the road [via SF Weekly]

Prepare for a weekend free of local indie-geeks and hippies -- they are heading in droves to Big Sur's Woodsist Festival [via Henry Miller Memorial Library]

Toronto's Holy Fuck rocks the Independent, but hipsters still refuse to dance [Via The Owl Mag]

Rising local favorites Magic Bullets stream their much anticipated sophomore LP for free [via Spinner]

The local bloggers' Outside Lands revolt continues [via Katarokkar]

The Chronicle profiles SF's trippy Moon Duo; readers request shrooms (of the illicit variety) [via SFGate]

SF Weekly writer digs Barcelona's electro-pop buzz band Delorean, but is extremely underwhelmed by the sound at Popscene [via SF Weekly All Shook Down Blog]

Outside Lands Lineup Announced: My Morning Jacket, Al Green, The Strokes, Phoenix

Although it's lights off at lala today (which we're bemoaning over here at 7x7 HQ), June 1st also brings some good music news in the form of the final Outside Lands lineup. Ranger Dave continues his love affair with videos by announcing the entire Aug 14-15 lineup in video format. For those without the patience to watch the whole montage, here's the lineup in list form.

This Week in Local Music News

Pitchfork gives San Francisco's Bye Bye Blackbird and Oakland's Psychic Handbook some well-deserved attention [via Pitchfork]

The Bay Bridged talks fashion with local psychedelic music nerds Battlehooch [via The Bay Bridged]

Yours Truly documents perennial chiller Toro Y Moi's trip to San Francisco's Different Fur Studios [via Gorilla Vs. Bear]

Local post-punk veterans Tempo No Tempo use Twitter to announce their imminent breakup [via Tempo No Tempo Twitter]

San Francisco's Apache become the first band to shoot a video at SF General Hospital [via SF Weekly All Shook Down]

The Owl Mag attempts to decipher Ranger Dave's cryptic Outside Lands tweets [via The Owl Mag]

Fucked Up blows away the Mother's Day crowd at Rickshaw Stop [via Spinning Platters]

Thee Oh Sees release their staggering sixth full-length in under three years [via Pitchfork]

Great American Music Hall announces a memorial for famed rock photographer Jim Marshall [via Great American Music Hall]

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