Photos: Outside Lands Day 2 – Local Acts Shine, Petty and Macklemore Thrill Fans


Day two of this year’s Outside Lands Music Festival was headlined by fog, mist and gusts of freezing wind, aka August in San Francisco. SFCritic photographer Fabian Molina and I took a divide-and-conquer approach on Saturday’s schedule to try to catch both the big shows and some of the more unique OSL experiences.

The Lands End Stage provided an incredibly solid lineup of artists including The Kooks, HAIM, Death Cab for Cutie and finally the legendary Tom Petty. Hailing from the UK, The Kooks surprised me right off the bat with their in-your-face rock that feels like a throwback to the 60s British invasion. I think HAIM surprised a few people themselves with how hard they shred. To see the unassuming sisters transform onstage into dynamos is quite the treat.

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Top 5 Vegetarian Outside Lands Eats


Figuring out my food lineup at Outside Lands is equally as exciting and important to me as mapping out when I’ll see my favorite performers. It’s the perfect place to “treat yo’ self,” but after paying that infamously steep San Francisco rent and handing over a chunk of money for a 3-day pass, I’m careful to put my dollars towards only the best, most deliciously satisfying food.

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Photos: Outside Lands Day 1- Kanye, Disclosure and many more


We can’t say that the weather was the most pleasant to kick off Outside Lands Music Festival this year, but while we lacked sunshine for most of the day we were treated to some amazing acts on the stage.

High energy sets on the Lands End stage by Run the Jewels, Holy Ghost!, Chromeo and Disclosure prepped the stage for the main attraction, Yeezus, AKA Kanye West. We also saw amazing sets from Phosphorescent and The Tedeschi Trucks Band on the Sutro Stage. Susan Tedeschi’s voice, WOW, just wow.

For me personally, Chromeo’s set stole the show. The Canadian electronic duo killed it with hits like “Bonafied Lovin” and “Jealous (I Ain’t With It).” The songs are a little like being in an alternate reality where the electronic music of the late 80s and early 90s dominated the world. Read More

Outsiders Guide to Outside Lands

Buried Booze, Pee Boxes and Yeezus: The Only Outside Lands Printable Map You Need


Golden Gate Park can sometimes be a big and scary place during Outside Lands and if you don’t have a map you might not enjoy the show to the fullest.

This year, thanks to our creative lead, Fabian, we took matters into our own hands to design the ultimate Outside Lands printable map, “The Outsider’s Guide to Outside Lands.”
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7 Forgettable Food and Music Pairings for Outside Lands Music Festival


As we were indulging in our Bay Area smug, it dawned on us “How have we not made an Outside Lands’ menu for people?” Without further adieu, below you’ll find our pairings of Outside Land’s foods with their appropriate performers. Bon appetite!

Kanye West + AQ’s “Highbrow Spaghetti”

Yeezus wouldn’t eat plain ol’ marinara and pasta. This is GOD we’re talking about. (His words, not mine.) So you best get on that “Highbrow Spaghetti” from AQ. Instead of parmesan they sprinkle gold on it. And because decadence and YEEZUS are synonymous, you need to finish that al dente pasta perfection with Humphry Slocombe’s “Scoops of Chocolate Gold Rush” because you ain’t messing with “no broke n*****.” Read More


Local Musicians Get Some Free Studio Time via Different Fur Studio and Converse


Hey broke (and not, so broke) Bay Area artists–Converse is back to help you get some free studio time. The “Converse Rubber Tracks” will be welcoming select artists to record at Different Fur studio from Monday, August 18 to Friday, August 22. Musicians of all genres are encouraged to apply for free recording time and help from experienced engineers. At the end of your studio time, you will retain all of the rights to your own music. A total of 10 artists will be selected to record.

To apply, go here: http://www.converse.com/rubbertracks

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Deltron 3030, Lucinda Williams, Emmy Lou Harris and more at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 14 October 3-5


Sure, your focus might be solely on Outside Lands, but Golden Gate Park is home to another festival that shared some big news. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, which draws people from all over the world as well as every person with a chain wallet and pitbull in San Francisco, will take place October 3rd-5th this year and is slowly unveiling its lineup. If you don’t mind a big crowd, this is definitely a fun excuse to hit the park during the Indian summer.

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Shabazz Palaces Change the Game @ The New Parish


Last week, at The New Parish in Oakland, Seattle-based experimental hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces put on a pair of shows in support of their new LP Lese Majesty, which dropped last Tuesday.

Within the long-stagnant hip-hop landscape of excess and rampant self-referentialism, emcee Ishmael Butler (formerly of Digable Planets) and multi-instrumentalist/producer Tendai Maraire are total renegades. Whereas hip-hop often feels challenging for challenging’s sake, these guys bend and stretch the genre wide open, challenging the listener in a way that is less confrontational and more invitational.

While bearing similarities (on paper) to Madlib and J Dilla, these guys have created a disjointed sound that is completely their own, making comparisons tough. Dark, brooding rhythms consisting of unstable, off-time bass tremors are stitched deeply into an intoxicating swirl of unidentifiable vocal samples. This percolating stew of sound is unexpectedly punctuated by something light and familiar — such as the soft, innocent plucks of the mbira (thumb piano), or a slowly and deliberately tapped steel drum — creating a sonic atmosphere that is simultaneously unsettling and strangely comforting. Drizzled over the top are Butler’s thought-provoking, if sometimes oblique, lyrical runs: “My body traveled / my mind waits behind the music / my crime bemuses / relax inside my shiny blueness.”

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5 Ways To Make Outside Lands Music Festival Better


Kanye West, Tom Petty, Disclosure, hockey-puck sized peanut butter cups, and every type of local micro-beer combined can still culminate in a shitty Outside Lands experience if you’re unprepared.  So don’t be. Water, sweaters, and money are just a few things you’ll need to have for the best festival experience. Here are five tips: Read More


HAMILTON LEITHAUSER’s Gospel at The Chapel


The Walkmen frontman, Indie rock prince and tall glass of water (in the 6’5″ area), Hamilton Leithauser, crooned his debut solo record, Black Hours, within the arches of The Chapel. Backed with The Walkmen’s Paul Maroon, Leithauser was casual and confident, sometimes with a hand in his pocket. He performed seamlessly with a voice you can count on to rise — from a Frank Sinatra, through a Julian Casablancas and around a Chris Martin, with a swagger and plowing yell all his own — barreling through tracks off Black Hours and throwing in some Walkmen classic’s like “We’ve Been Had.”

Black Hours is for all of time: vocals forward, emotional, fun, cool, sometimes with a 40’s-style string session, or a 60’s tambourine, or a dazzling xylophone, or African drumming. The music ranges from get up n’ go to bedtime melodies, while others are haunting, or sunshine daydreamy. The track most remnant of The Walkmen’s rock  is “I Don’t Need Anyone.”

If you have eclectic taste, and you somehow haven’t stumbled upon him yet, you should know and explore Hamilton Leithauser. It’s not EDM, but it will probably get your girlfriend to kiss you harder.

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