Liam Finn Loses His Shirt and His Mind at The Chapel


Tuesday night Kiwi rocker Liam Finn went outright insane on the stage, in an act that was anything but ordinary. This has to be the first (or at least the first weekday) show I have ever attended where an artist tore off their shirt mid-set and threw it out to the crowd. Whether anyone in the crowd really wanted his sweaty shirt is beyond the point, Liam Finn’s live set is definitely a unique experience.

If the surname Finn sounds familiar it might be because he is the son of Neil Finn, well known New Zealand recording artist and and frontman of Crowded House. Like his father, his lyrics often have a dreamy pop quality to them and he backs up the vocals with biting indie rock guitar riffs. Sometimes I hear elements of The Shins or even 60s British Invasion rock. Other times electronic elements enhance the pop qualities, much like Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr. Finn was joined by four other musicians and backup singers for his live performance, playing mostly new songs off his recently released album The Nihilist.

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Outside Lands 2014: The Craziest, Most Unique Things We Saw


Outside Lands has become an unstoppable force here in SF. As the crowds continue to grow, the homegrown music festival has really started to come into its own identity. A crowd pleasing mixture of acts and formula that brings together at least one classic rock artists (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) and EDM (Tiësto), as well a handful of artists who dominate the airwaves (Kanye West, Arctic Monkeys, Macklemore & The Killers).

Beyond great music, what really makes Outside Lands worth attending are some of the unique experiences and sights. Although you really ought to experience it for yourself, I will do my best to capture some of the best moments. You can check out our full Outside Lands coverage including photos and wrap up posts for each day here.

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Outside Lands and CHVRCHES Adding Make Up Show at The Fox Theater September 18th


I know a ton of attendees were bummed out to hear Scotland’s CHVRCHES were forced to cancel their Sunday set at Outside Lands. I wanted to hug every poor soul wearing their CHVRCHES t-shirts.

Good news today however, as they are adding a make up date at The Fox Theater in Oakland September 18th. Details on how to buy discounted tickets will be emailed out to Sunday ticket holders tomorrow per the Outside Lands Twitter account. Check out our review of their last show at The Fox Theater Here.



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


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


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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Kanye spagetti

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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