A Guide To Your 2011 Outside Lands Festival

08/11/2011

Since San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival starts tomorrow and continues through Sunday, I thought it might be a good time to give suggestions as to who to check out. Of course, take these suggestions with a grain of something (maybe something bigger than salt…a grain of elephant?): These come from an indie/pop-punk/folk/electronic/rock-loving San Franciscan so they might not be for you. On the other hand, a lot of these might be strikingly obvious to those that are paying money to go to a big festival. There will be conflicts listed purposely, as wandering around aimlessly between sets of your favorites is one of the best things about Outside Lands Festival. You will surely find bands that you had no idea you would have any interest in (last year for me was Bassnectar and Pretty Lights) and this guide is a supplement to that ideal. (Accompanying many of the artists are links to some of their videos) Enjoy the weekend!!!

Friday:

2:25-3:10 Phantogram (Sutro) – Definitely worth coming early for. Much better live after adding a drummer.
3:05-3:45 Tamaryn (Panhandle Solar) – There will be green in the air.
4:35-5:45 MGMT (Lands End)
6:20-7:20 Big Boi (Sutro) – Here’s hoping he plays ‘Tangerine’ and ‘Shine Blockas’.
8:40-9:50 The Shins (Twin Peaks)

Saturday:

1:25-2:15 The Stone Foxes (Sutro)
4:45-5:45 Arctic Monkeys (Lands End)
5:15-6:05 Sia (Twin Peaks) – Always weird, always good.
6:50-7:50 The Roots Crew (Twin Peaks) – The one and only, fabulous. Don’t expect to see an hour of hits.
8:10-9:55 Muse (Lands End) – This might seem extremely basic, but I guarantee you you will enjoy this show. Great performance, great lights.

Sunday:

12:00-12:45 The Fresh and Onlys (Sutro) Definitely worth an early visit. Locals.
3:05-3:55 !!! (Twin Peaks)– The Sacramento funks are always an entertaining show. There is no way you will no walk away trying to dance as one of them.
3:15-4:15 Josh Ritter and The Royal City Band (Lands End) Truly original folk music. Interesting and insightful. Hopefully it’ll come across in a festival setting.
3:55-4:35 Ty Segall (Panhandle Solar) – Not folk music. Local and ready.
4:40-5:30 Major Lazer (Twin Peaks) – Because it’s not a bad idea to get after it at 5 on a Sunday.
5:20 – 6:20 Little Dragon (Sutro)
6:15-7:25 The Decemberists (Lands End) – Watch out for the whale. Get down on the dance contest.
6:50 – 8:00 Beirut (Sutro)Worth checking out if not solely for their new stuff of their upcoming LP.
7:25-8:00 (Lands End) Getting a good spot for Arcade Fire
8:10-9:40 The Arcade Fire (Lands End)One of the only bands in the world that is worthy of closing a three-day festival. If you haven’t been before, go now. Believe me.