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Outside Lands Day 3 – Sunny Skies, The Killers, Jenny Lewis and 20,000 People Singing Eurythmics

08/11/2014

Sunday brought us our first day at Outside Lands Music Festival with actual sun, rounding out another incredible festival of music, food, art and people-watching. There was a little something for everyone Sunday with The Killers and Tiësto closing out the festival to massive crowds. The only gloom over the day was the unexpected cancellation of CHVRCHES, who had trouble at the Vancouver airport. (Blame Canada?) Paolo Nutini played an excellent cover of their “Recover,” which helped ease the pain a bit.

The first show we saw Sunday was a raucous set by The Brothers Comatose. If you like the kind of all-out-punk-bluegrass vibe you get with acts like The Devil Makes Three, you should definitely check them out. A great moment came when the lads were joined on stage by another one of SF’s local talents Nikki Bluhm for their popular duet, “Morning Time.” Read More

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

08/11/2014

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

08/09/2014

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.

Here are my top five vegetarian eats worth every penny: Read More

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

08/09/2014

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

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

08/07/2014

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

08/06/2014

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

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

08/06/2014

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

08/06/2014

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

08/06/2014

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

08/04/2014

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

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