Outside Lands Promoters Scared to Death, Another 'Stray' iPhone, Sonny & the Sunsets sign to Fat Possum

Sonny and the Sunsets at Bottom of the Hill last year

Outside Lands promoters are "scared to death" of the soft economy and bad concert season, which is why they cut the festival back to two days. Contrary to what we heard, promoters say tickets are selling slowly. From SF Gate:

Organizers said they're hoping for about the same size crowds this year for groups like Kings of Leon, the Strokes, Social Distortion and Furthur at the multistage concert, but sales have been slow.

"We're scared to death, quite honestly," said Sherry Wasserman, president of Another Planet Entertainment, the event's promoter.

The concert industry, which relies on music lovers willing to part with their discretionary money to listen to their favorite bands and take a chance on new ones, has been pummeled by the flailing economy.

"It's been hard on us," said Wasserman.

Outside Lands is set to run on Aug. 14 and 15, a Saturday and Sunday, in Golden Gate Park. The event has a permit to put on shows on Aug. 13, as well, but the promoter has been unable to score a big-name act for Friday night.

Local vintage-pop wizards Sonny & the Sunsets sign to Fat Possum Records, home of the Black Keys, Band of Horses, and Andrew Bird, along with a host of old-school blues greats. (The band also performs 6/27 at Bottom of the Hill). From The Owl Mag:

Chalk another one up for the west coast vintage pop revival. Fat Possum has signed Sonny and the Sunsets. SF-based (geo-locate him in Sunset district) Sonny Smith started up the all-star filled Sunsets back in 2007.

Czech person finds another "stray" iPhone 4, checks out the features. From Wired:

"Happy Swenak", reader of Czech blog Jablíčkář.cz has gotten his hands on yet another stray iPhone 4 and has put the camera through its paces. Apple's sample photos might be un-retouched, but they are also taken in almost perfect lighting conditions. Swenak took some more regular snaps, along with unedited video, and despite a little over-exposure, the results look fine.

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Scientists: Why Are Ozzy Osbourne and Keith Richards Still Alive?

The Stone Foxes canceled dates, but their July 17th CD release party at Cafe Du Nord is still on.
S.F.'s The Stone Foxes cancel tour dates due to one member having to receive an emergency appendectomy. But the band's announcement doesn't say which member is having surgery. [Pollstar]

Neil Young's fictional Northern California town, "Greendale," depicted in new graphic novel. [NY Times]

Scientists want to know why Ozzy Osbourne and Keith Richards are still alive. Could the drugs have increased their longevity? [Digital Music News]

Win tickets to see Portugal The Man at the Fillmore on Friday. [Hippes Are Dead]

S.F. metalheads Hot Fog are not trying to get their music in an Apple commercial, but play Friday at Bottom of the Hill. [SF Appeal]

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Google May Launch iTunes Rival, Rock Concert Injuries, Shred Guitar on Your iPhone

Bono, your ruined back totally ruined our week
Google may launch music store to battle with iTunes this fall. [CNET]

U2 had to postpone tonight's show in Oakland due to Bono's back injury. Disappointed, the Chron assembles a list of famous rock injury moments. [SF Gate]

Members of Oakland noise-psych outfit Clipd Beaks wander through local streets in creepy new video. [Pitchfork]

Check out 10 FBI files on famous musicians. (Sample quote: "LSD originates from San Francisco, California, through a rock group known as Grateful Dead.") [Death and Taxes]

Now you can play electric guitar and bass -- with lots of effects -- through your iPhone. [Wired]

Video: Cat Power and Vivian Girls -- as their joint project, All Saints Day -- covered New Order's "Age of Consent" at the Independent on Sunday. [The Bay Bridged]

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Michael Jackson's Dance Moves, Pandora's iPad Ads, Blog Love for Ty Segall and Safe

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Michael Jackson's dance moves make for new video game. [Daily Swarm]

Pandora's iPad app pairs music and videos with ads from Starbucks, Lexus and Budweiser. [Digital Music News]

Pitchfork gives Ty Segall's Melted a 7.5, says "it seems in some ways like his first proper record." [Pitchfork]

No way: Chron says Apple, Google and Facebook are "arguably the three most influential companies in consumer technology today." [SF Gate]

Stereogum deems Berkeley electronic minimalists Safe a "band to watch," calls its music "intimate" and "bracingly spare." We're tempted to call it chillwave. (Free download in first link.) [Stereogum]

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