Outside Lands 2010: Pre-Festival Coverage

outside lands picks for saturday, august 14th

the strokes

Nostalgia only.

gogol bordello

The energy of gypsy-punkers Gogol Bordello is high in their recorded format, but simply insane in a live setting. Guaranteed fun times which fit the spirit of San Francisco.

cat power

Singer-songwriter Chan Marshall has been at it for over a decade, and nine full-lengths under her belt, she continues to wow audiences with her mastery as a solo artist.

beats antique

This trio of Oakland natives combines world influences — specifically, from the Middle East — with downtempo, dubstep, and hip-hop for music that’s nothing short of fantastic.

pretty lights

Producer Derek Vincent Smith, accompanied by drummer Cory Eberhard, create dense, electronic hip-hop that resulted in a string of sold out shows this past year, for a reason.

wild beasts

This UK band is pretty weird, and they revel in weird songwriting structures and sounds as much as they revel in funny word usage. A fascinating listen, at the very least.

langhorne slim

Amidst this singer-songwriters’ robust, genuine sound and classic, bluesy voice are lyrics that hold this unsettled sadness, yet conjure an element of optimism.

freelance whales

These multi-instrumentalists combine the best elements of folk, electronic, and dare I say, emo, to create gentle experimental tunes which sound deliciously innocent.

outside lands picks for sunday, august 15th

phoenix

Phoenix have made it pretty big, no doubt, but at least they aren’t horribly obnoxious or as downright bad as some others can be (read: MGMT). Dance party it up!

al green

We wouldn’t normally cover Al Green in our magazine, but that doesn’t even matter. How can you miss a chance to miss the guy who sang “Let’s Stay Together”??

nas & damian marley

A brilliant collaboration between NAS and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, which brings quality hip-hop back to the mainstream.

chromeo

Self-described as “the only successful Arab/Jew partnership since the dawn of human culture,” Chromeo combine tongue-in-cheek hilarity with funky ’80s beats. A Chromeo show is pretty much an unbeatable dance party.

edward sharpe & the magnetic zeros

Edward Sharpe is almost divine with his otherworldly, charismatic stage presence, and this crazy crew’s feel-good set is not to be missed.

the devil makes three

The Devil Makes Three have ridden the folk punk train to lovely pastures where one can sway and bob to their slightly gypsy, backwoods vibes.

aterciopelados

These politically-minded Columbian superstars create a diverse array of danceable beats. They won a Latin American Grammy for a reason.

nneka

Soul and R&B music have been suffering as of lately, but Nneka is making waves with her take on it. It’s long overdue.

quinn deveax & the blue beat review

This is for those wanting something different out of their festival-going experience. Treat yourself to a throwback to simpler days with Quinn Deveax’s New Orleans soul and early blues.

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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