08 Aug Outside Lands 2010: Pre-Festival Coverage
outside lands picks for saturday, august 14th
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Amidst this singer-songwriters’ robust, genuine sound and classic, bluesy voice are lyrics that hold this unsettled sadness, yet conjure an element of optimism.
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 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!
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.
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.
These politically-minded Columbian superstars create a diverse array of danceable beats. They won a Latin American Grammy for a reason.
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.