Joining Q-Tip (who brought out Phife for "Award Tour" on Friday) as one of the only hip hop acts on the ticket, Zion I/AmpLive brought the noise to the main stage today to represent Bay Area hip hop and kick off a very hot day 2 of Outside Lands. Zion I, who hails from Oakland, is always a welcome, local favorite, and a staple on our 7x7 radar. Check out the beginning of their set below.
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.
L.A’s Silversun Pickups brought the crowds streaming down the Polo Fields today, treating Golden Gate Park to favorites such as "Lazy Eye" and "Panic Switch." Check out their opener, "Well Thought Out Twinkies," below.
Playing to a festive (and sweaty) crowd (bikinis, cut-off shorts and straw hats were heavily represented, as was Native American headwear for some reason), the Dodos lived up to their reputation as San Francisco's indie darlings and helped to open up the first day of this year’s Outside Lands Festival at the intimate Sutro Stage in Golden Gate Park. Check out the opening of their set below.
It is absolutely inevitable when you show up to a festival that the bookers are clearly going to disregard your personal taste in music and book two (or more) bands that you absolutely have to see at the exact same times. Since you can’t be at two places at once (not yet anyways!), we’re here to tell you where your time would best be served. Here are the time conflict winners:
Music and technology's happy union (see SXSW, Pandora, MySpace) is impressing us once again for Outside Lands, which is shaping up to be quite the tech-fest.
"CANT BELIEVE THEY REPLACED BEASTIES WITH TENACIOUS D ?????????????????????? AND IF I PULL OUT THEY SUE! SO REALLY? TENACIOUS D AFTER ME?...YOUR ALL WELCOME ON STAGE FROM THE GET GO, FUCK IT! IM TAKIN BIRD FLU OUT OF THE SET ! JUS TO MAKE A POINT!"
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.
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Promising to wreak havoc on California and possibly unleash an "earthquake of rock," the Tenacious D were announced as the replacement act to the Beastie Boys for the closing night of Outside Lands. Keep your eyes open Mission District, turns out Jack Black is a big fan. "I'm a burrito guy. I go straight down to the Mission District. To La Cumbre. Good ingredients," he said, during a live conference call today. "We're expecting 100,000 people to squeeze into there [Golden Gate Park] like a sausage," said Mr. Black and Kyle Gass (a Walnut Creek native). I'm sure we can oblige.