Five Things to Like About the Outside Lands Festival Schedule

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Outside Lands: Now without (hopefully) the painful decision-making!

The schedule for this year's Outside Lands festival hit the web earlier today. But you can stop gritting your teeth and clutching the edge of that desk: Although many festival schedules are an exercise in painful decision-making, this one isn't so bad. In fact, the 2011 Outside Lands bill -- more than 70 artists on five stages in Golden Gate Park -- strikes us as pretty well arranged, offering plenty of options without crushing any of our hopes. Check it out here.

We can't promise you'll find deciding whom to see so easy, of course. But here are five things we like about the 2011 Outside Lands schedule:

1. There are plenty of ways to avoid Phish.
Doubtless, some of you will be seeking to actually catch Phish (ha!) -- and to you, well, godspeed. But those of us who require a minimum 200-yard distance from any jam bands are well served by Friday's schedule, which offers such enticements as Big Boi, Erykah Badu, Best Coast, the Shins, and Big Audio Dynamite, all while Phish noodles on the main stage for more than three hours.

2. MGMT is playing early.

Let's get something straight: MGMT is a daytime band. Its sound is all bright sunshine and neon surf shorts and goofy Wayfarers (and psychedelic drugs, which, at least in our experience, work better in the sunlight). Happily, the Outside Lands organizers recognized this, and scheduled the band to play the big stage at 4:35 on Friday. Now we just have to hope it ain't foggy.

3. We can end Saturday with Girl Talk.
Because big beats and shout-along choruses are exactly what we want from the climactic night of a music festival weekend. Who is this Muse band, anyway?

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Justin
Justin

I would love to take a nasty WOOK shit on the persons chest that wrote this article 

Fred
Fred

Most of the bands at OL ARE "flava ov tha minute", but at least they didn't PAY 200 COPS TO BUST THEIR FANS LIKE PHISH DID IN HAMPTON.

TREYSUX

Voice of Reason
Voice of Reason

I agreed with Reverend Justito.  Ian S. Port, you are a complete cock sucker!

mojambo
mojambo

hey people - most people don't like our band.  surprise!  move on, you're making it worse.

1987
1987

Haha way to piss off the Phish fans. 

I think they could've done a better job with scheduling. They put so many bands back-to-back in the same time slot that have the same audience. They should've been more like Coachella - you put the 3 or 4 biggest names of the night ON THE SAME STAGE, regardless of genre. Chemical Bros and Kings of Leon shared a stage, therefore Arcade Fire and Deadmau5 should too.

Also, you forgot to mention local awesomes, THE STONE FOXES. Go see 'em. 

Jasonrossmartin
Jasonrossmartin

Is your concert reviewer a complete idiot?  Panning Phish and Muse while glorifying Girl Talk and MGMT.  Perhaps the review was written by a 12 year old.

Ian deserves a second chance
Ian deserves a second chance

I kinda of feel bad for all the attacks your review has unleashed. But you did ask for it by not doing your homework. I suggest you do the unthinkable and SEE them play, and then write an honest review. Perhaps you will then understand why you have provoked this reaction.

Ggthy
Ggthy

This is probably the worst preview ever. You suck at music my friend

Ian is a square
Ian is a square

Imagine how much Ian's butt was hurt last year by FURTHUR headlining his precious indie-rock fest. 

Interesting to read the spin on Phish's three hour allotment being a BAD thing too. Talk about respect.

Ian is a doucher
Ian is a doucher

I would just like to point out that many, many phish fans also appreciate the other bands performing at this festival with vigor and respect, so why should we have to put up with a non-ethical, ego-centric, wannabe who has nothing better to do than bash an act he's probably never seen live before? The mere fact that you put a bullet point in your article to stay away from a certain band, obviously reflects the awesomeness of their beings. So, Ian, You officially are the worst journalist I've ever reviewed. Wow, that actually depresses me to say that.

OPT
OPT

::waits for this author to write an outside lands review of how impressive the music, light show, and party in the crowd was after Phish plays:: just like EVERYONE does...including ACL last year.

Msujdog
Msujdog

As a journalist, you probably respect or read this little publication called Rolling Stone. You know, the one that named Phish as themost important rock band of the90's.....

halophan
halophan

you dont know shit. go rage dubstep, while the rest of us enjoy and encourage real talent on stage. your article and personality seem to be as about an original as your favorite band probably is. 

Uberchef
Uberchef

Phish are musicians' musicians.  I'm sure most of the Outside Lands artists who aren't performing when Phish is on stage will be in the audience enjoying Phish's set...and taking notes on how to rock and engage an audience.    

Nick
Nick

Fellow Phish fans - it doesn't matter if somebody else doesn't like Phish.  We like them and enjoy them.  That's it.  See you at the show. 

Amarilis ortiz
Amarilis ortiz

and the best thing you can do for yourself and your pseudo-career is see Phish on Friday, you will actually gain some depth and become a better critic. Guarantee.

Amarilis ortiz
Amarilis ortiz

You, sir, are such a cliché and your review mediocre, at best. Encouraging your readers to miss the best show of the entire festival? I can appreciate those other bands, but the truth is that none will exhibit half the brilliance, beauty and mastery of Phish. But enjoying Phish does require certain level of intelligence and intellectual engagement, which you apparently lack.  But not all is lost; your review was enlightening in that SFWeekly is certainly not a trusting source and will be avoided.

Kyle J Sorensen
Kyle J Sorensen

Oh Ian Trey Anastasio is beloved by Arcade Fire you shoe gazing dink.  You have no hipster cred if you knew anything Trey loves indie bands How the hell do you have a job. But this is what you wanted to get more indie cred.  I hope the Jedi himself slaps you with all of his talent. Phish is trying to build a bridge between genres and you just blow it up

Nextcarter
Nextcarter

Psychodelics during the day? Have you been to a concert? Do your job and report who's playing and leave it at that.

Kyle J Sorensen
Kyle J Sorensen

Im a HUGE Phish fan and what I love about this article (other than the author doesn't understand the 1st thing about festivals) is that Phish fans never find the need to bash other bands.  Actually we love to see other live bands.  This guy should be fired. Bashing the headliner who do you think you are.  In 20 years we will check out the line up and see which bands still stand up to the test of time. 

Shhhhhhh
Shhhhhhh

What Pee said! Whoever sells ads for this site based on page views and unique visitors has got to love the trap that was set here. Well done by the author.

But the Phish fans here ... shhhh! In the 90s, when non-fans flooded shows just because it was a "scene" it was terrible. It became overcrowded, all those people stood around talking during shows and engaging in general douchery. And now it's not a scene! It's as "uncool" to go see Phish now as it was "cool" then. AND THAT'S F*ING SWEET!

Kudos to the author and to hipsters everywhere for making Phish shows better for all!

Oldenhoversoul
Oldenhoversoul

Well now my interest is piqued! This band, Phish, sounds like it would be quite an experience! I read in another article that the lead singer from Phish really likes MGMT- it would be sweet if they played together! Plus Phish has been together like, over 20 years so you know they have that certain IT. Thanks to Liam Sport for writing this article. PS- what is 'riding the rail and is it fun?

Lonesty
Lonesty

Nothing says original like making fun of a 28 year old, half forgotten jamband.  Way to stay hip though!  Maybe the extra bounce to your step after writing this will keep those Ryan Adam bangs out of your eyes long enough to see how epic of a fail this and your future career as an underwhelming internet blogger is.  Nice try though.  Maybe you should stick to finger painting or something a little more elementary.  

iendthreads
iendthreads

It will be funny when Phish & MGMT play together and all of you indie losers miss it! Can't wait for that... shhhhh

I am Dave
I am Dave

Some people don't like Phish and sometimes they say so on the internet. That's OK. However its not OK to be a condescending prick.

Zach Gibbs
Zach Gibbs

hahaaha seriously! half of the crowd is there for phish! how can you talk shit about the one band thats making you most of the money? phucking dumb asses

Scottpagnani
Scottpagnani

Are you a real journalist? And is this a real site or an onion type site becaue you have no clue what the fuck you are talking about..If not for Phish Outside lands wouldn't have half the crowd ..this blog sucks along with the writer who obviously has no clue about "music"..

Jonah
Jonah

Bashing Phish but praising Girl Talk?

Are you like 16?

Zach Gibbs
Zach Gibbs

what the phuck? hahaha phish destroys any other band playing this festival. you obviously dont know phish and dont know what they have created, to be able to say something like that. Phish is more musically talented than any other band playing this festival, I guarantee it. They could probably play any other bands song, but better. There really isnt much phish cant do musically. so phuck you for saying that!

SushiGradePanda
SushiGradePanda

this is lazy journalism of the worst kind - woefully uninformed and puerile.  for shame, Ian S. Port, for writing such substance-free, oddly biased "tips", and shame on you SF Weekly, for publishing it.

tela
tela

You can not like phish all you want...but to talk down on them so vehemently, diss their fanbase and discourage other people from trying out an all new experience? That just isn't right. I don't care I'd you don't wanna see phish. But just leave it at exactly that+ don't see them. We don't want people like you there anyway.

bankmeister
bankmeister

What @9f1a1353fdfcee0cd9a2c22b5ea6dcb7:disqus said.

ArmenTamzarian
ArmenTamzarian

This is why I don't take my music advice from a brostepper who looks like the star of "It's Pat."

noodle brah noodle
noodle brah noodle

What do Phish and Dale Earnhardt have in common? They both don't know when to fucking stop.

pee
pee

sound the alarm..you have upset the phishies...although i'm sure you will now be bombarded with hits on this site..which is probably what you were going for anyone...they fell right into your trap..kudos author

Bpk@sfsu.edu
Bpk@sfsu.edu

At pee... 1st of all, ur name is pee. 2nd of all.. Proofread ur auto spell check if u want to be understood. U have been served by a "phishie"

JoshK
JoshK

Because Girl Talk doing a Saturday night show is super unique. Nice call. 

Harry Hood
Harry Hood

Way to go SF Weekly, Stay closed minded and Judgmental, especially about things you dont know much about...

dont go see Phish I'll be able to get tickets and ride the rail..

Fasdfdsf
Fasdfdsf

the based god would NOT fuck ians bitch

cleanbeats
cleanbeats

That noodling you're talking about? That's actually four musicians listening to each other, responding to the energy on stage and in the crowd, exploring their own creative limits, and all the while just having way more fun than most bands could dream of. Listening, responding, exploring, and raging - we should only be so lucky to have a band like Phish around in our lifetime. Their intent is purely for our delight.

Col. Forbin
Col. Forbin

Ian, you crappy article smells like rotting solar garlic. 

Craig
Craig

Way to be a douchebag Ian re:phish. You and your stupid talentless free newspaper officially suck. Why can't you report on the positives of Outside Lands. People come to enjoy music & art, regardless of your poor taste in music, why trash ANY band playing at the festival?

Playa
Playa

Avoid Phish and psychedelic drugs work better during the daytime... ?this guy is doing it all wrong

Jasonefarr
Jasonefarr

C'mon folks, don't you realize this guy would lose all his Indie-cred if he didn't diss Phish? Hipsters aren't allowed to like things that are actually good.

Yourmomsvagina
Yourmomsvagina

HAHA!  Thanks to Phish for playing with all of these other shit acts.

DonnieBOY
DonnieBOY

Ian, you sir, are a tool. Who allows this guy to publish? Both should be fired.

By the way Sir Ian, Teen magazine called they need someone to clean their bathrooms.

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