San Francisco – Outside Lands provides amazing food, countless libation options, and of course, a slew of new and exciting bands waiting to be discovered. We’ll be there taking it all in and reporting back on the goings-on around Golden Gate Park during this annual celebration of music, food, and good times in the Bay Area. For those of you lucky enough to attend, here are some new bands we recommend.
Panhandle Stage 12-12:40 PM - For fans of: TV on the Radio, Death From Above 1979, The Mars Volta
Brotherly LA duo The Bots came together with the release of their 2009 self-titled EP, boasting jagged, grimy guitar and percussion matched with powerful, abrasive vocal stylings. They followed up with several other EPs, including last year’s powerhouse Sincerely Sorry. With the recent release of their new single “No One Knows”—the lead single to their LP out this October—the band has taken a new, more structured direction, focusing more on an Americana-shaded sound, relying on softer vocals, melodic guitar, and stomping percussion. It’ll be interesting to see how they transform their older material into the new context in which the brothers Lei have placed themselves in.
Twin Peaks Stage, 5:05-5:55 PM - For fans of: Adele, Emeli Sandé, Stevie Nicks
Photo By Daniela Montelongo
Swedish songstress Lykke Li made it big quickly with her 2009 debut Youth Novels, and even bigger with her 2011 sophomore effort Wounded Rhymes, earning hit status with tracks like “Get Some” and “I Follow Rivers.” This year, she released a fabulous LP entitled I Never Learn, a somber yet astoundingly beautiful collection of heavily orchestrated, dramatic torch songs that will undoubtedly feel right at home in Golden Gate Park’s misty woodland atmosphere. Unfortunately she plays at pretty much the exact same time as longtime indie favorites Spoon, but I highly recommend catching at least half of Lykke Li’s show. Her performances are absolutely spine tingling.
Gardens & Villa
Panhandle Stage, 5:55-6:35 PM - For fans of: Yeasayer, Bear in Heaven, Empire of the Sun
Santa Barbara’s synth-pop quintet followed-up their excellent self-titled 2011 debut this year with their sophomore album Dunes, which has garnered abundant praise from critics and listeners alike. Though they are playing a short set—and on the smallest stage—their infectious, entangling sound will undoubtedly draw quite a crowd.
Panhandle Stage, 7:40-8:25 PM - For fans of: Caribou, Flying Lotus, Jon Hopkins
Photo By Richard Manning
UK producer Gold Panda is probably best known for the sample of his song “You”—from his 2010 LP debut Lucky Shiner—used in Charli XCX’s hit “You (Ha Ha Ha), though most of his catalog stands alone as entrancing, unique electronica. Last summer he released his second formal LP last summer, entitled Half of Where You Live, which has a much more relaxed vibe to it, yet still provides an excellent soundtrack for an evening in San Francisco.