At the strike of midnight, it’s official. Today is the first day of San Francisco’s iconic Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park! Famous for it’s eclectic lineup, choosing who to see can be tough. Read on for some aid in the decision making process.
Tanlines really busted onto the scene this year, and for good reason. Their feel good vibes coupled with subtle hints of tropical sounds combine for a the perfect way to start of this years Outside Lands. Catch them at Panhandle (Hellman Hollow) from 1:30 to 2:20.
Metrojolt loves Dirtybird Records, and for good reason! This San Francisco local record label kills it non stop. Last weekend they took over day two of the HARD Summer Music Festival last weekend in Los Angeles. Among others, Justin Martin was spinning. Day 1 of Outside Lands this year he will be taking the Hieneken Dome from 6:00-8:00 – don’t miss his set! Yes, MSTRKRFT is the same time. I’m still seeing Justin Martin and you should too.
Next up is washed out. ‘You and I’, while super depressing, is one of my all time favorite kick back tracks. I can’t wait to start winding down Day 1 with Washed out back that the Panhandle (Hellman Hollow) from 7:50-8:835.
However you start Day 2, make sure to head over to Twin Peaks (Hellman Hollow) at before 2:10 to catch Geographer. Caught these guys for the first time in Austin at SXSW this year, and they live up to expectations fully. Their blissful tunes fill the air with a sense of containment. Great vibes to start the day.
I’m ever frustrated by the way MiM0SA spells his name, but that doesn’t effect the quality of his music. I will forever love this guy because he was one of the first specifically dub producers I ever discovered that created super chillin electronic music. He reminds me of old Zeds Dead. Catch him on Twin Peaks (Hellman Hollow) immediately after Geographer.
Explosions In The Sky
Explosions In The Motherfuckin’ Sky… I really shouldn’t have to say more. Their work of art ‘Birth And Death Of The Day’ remains to this day one of my all time favorite instrumental tracks. Go, listen, and experience. They will be at Lands End (Polo Field) from 4:40 to 5:40.
Fresh off the release of their album Gossamer, Passion Pit is sure to have a fun filled set. I loved experiencing their fun energy from their Warfield show in San Francisco a few years back. It will be interesting to see how they’ve changed and grown with time. Regardless, they will be high energy a loads of fun. Check them out at the Twin Peaks (Hellman Hollow) from 6:50 – 7:50.
The M Machine
With an outstanding performance at this year’s EDC, The M Machine are certainly not an act to be missed if you’re an EDM fan. Their production skill is unparalleled right now – they put together haunting vocals, interesting synth lines, and giant kick lines that are a breath of fresh air in an electro scene that is growing ever staler.
Amadou & Mariam
This blind musical duo from Mali created the beautiful ‘Sabali’ that inspired the Nas & Damien Marley duo track ‘Patience’. The couple met at met at Mali’s Institute for the Young Blind, and has since been traveling performing their music. Enjoy them at Twin Peaks (Hellman Hollow) from 3:35-4:25.
Jam bands are the most fun live. My first taste was The Roots at UCLA’s Jazz/Reggae fest, and after that I am phenomenally excited for Big Gigantic’s more electronic take on the classic jam band style. Expect a Grateful Dead/Pretty Lights combo – all live, all awesome.
YouTube user ‘youlovedd’ is ‘thankful for humans that create such vibes’, and we are too. Caveman brings the chillest of indie vibes – the lead singer’s voice is definitely one of the most soothing and beautifully performed I have heard in my recent dive into indie. Their dreamy style will be a wonderful addition to the vibes of the park this weekend, catch them from 2:50 – 3:30 on the Panhandle Stage. (P.S: I strongly recommend checking out the video for Vampirer/Old Friend. It’s brilliant).