The Best of Outside Lands Day 1: The National, Chic, Pretty Lights, and More

Christopher Victorio
I've learned not to question the cosmic wisdom of the Outside Lands schedule, but dusk on Friday at the Panhandle Stage is a tough slot for the acts that fill it. Last year it was Washed Out, amiably laboring to recreate a nocturnal, two-dimensional sound as daylight receded into a canopy of aggressively 3D trees; last night it was the Portland electroclash-cum-chillwave quartet Chromatics, up against the same dissonance and dissipation. (Singer Ruth Radelet's happy-to-be-here comment just prior to "Kill For Love" was the most unenthused happy-to-be-here I've ever heard.) Except Chromatics sold it pretty convincingly, wrapping interlocking vamps and a slinky, slithery low end around everything in sight until it got too dark to see much else. They kept to simple, stackable elements, whether they were invoking night drives (as on "Night Drive") or covering Kate Bush (as on "Running Up That Hill"), because at the end of the day -- and it was the end of the day -- their game is all about style anyway. Then they closed with a Neil Young cover, and the particular listlessness of Radelet's "hey hey my my" was perfect -- and, surely not coincidentally, pretty much the same as that of her happy-to-be-here. Daniel Levin Becker

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Paul McCartney Shines at Outside Lands, 8/9/13

Christopher Victorio
Paul McCartney at Outside Lands
Paul McCartney
Friday, Aug. 9, 2013
Outside Lands Festival

Better than: Breakfast with the Beatles

Last night in Golden Gate Park, tens of thousands of people sang along to songs that are, in pop terms, ancient. The words, the melodies, and the voice carrying them arrived like a burst of long-captive air -- familiar, yet revelatory. Soul-stirring, even. These were Beatles songs, sung by Paul McCartney, who for the first night of Outside Lands 2013 took a sold-out San Francisco audience back to one of pop music's original supernovas, and let us bask in its incredible warmth for the best part of three hours.

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1960s Icon Peter Max Talks Art, Music, and His Outside Lands Poster

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In the late 1960s, painter Peter Max was almost as famous as the rock stars he befriended, including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Paul McCartney. Like them, he was a fixture on TV (Ed Sullivan, Johnny Carson) and in print, as when he made the cover of LIFE magazine in 1969. With artwork that employed bright, boisterous colors and festive scenes of stars, planets and rainbows, Max helped define the counterculture of his era. He's still an active artist (and a rabid fan of rock and other music). So when Outside Lands invited Max to create a poster for this weekend's festival in Golden Gate Park (the poster is only available at the festival itself), Max leaped at the opportunity.

In a phone interview with SF Weekly from his home in New York, Max talked about the evolution of his signature style; his friendships with Hendrix, McCartney, and John Lennon; how the movie Yellow Submarine ripped off his art; and why he's still very much in demand as an artist.

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D'Angelo Cancels Outside Lands Set; Nile Rodgers and CHIC To Perform Instead

Nile Rodgers
R&B singer D'Angelo has canceled his scheduled appearance at Outside Lands this weekend "due to a medical emergency," festival representatives announced this morning.

Instead, CHIC -- the funk-disco vehicle of guitarist and recent Daft Punk collaborator Nile Rodgers -- will perform at 6:05 p.m. Friday on the Sutro stage.

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Outside Lands 2013 Is Close to Selling Out

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If you're still on the fence about whether you're going to see Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails, D'Angelo, the National, and others at this year's Outside Lands festival, you might want to decide soon. Sources at the festival tell SF Weekly that tickets for the three-day event in Golden Gate Park this Aug. 9-11 are expected to sell out promptly.

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Outside Lands 2013 Single-Day Schedule: Five Quick Reactions

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Outside Lands today released the single-day schedule for this year's festival, so those of you who want to go but don't want to spend three full days in Golden Gate Park can make plans. Single-day tickets go onsale tomorrow, June 26, at 10 a.m., for $105 (GA) or $229.50 (VIP). The release of the day's lineups always gives a preview of how the festival will flow, and which days will be best. Here are our quick takeaways on what to expect based on the schedule.

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Outside Lands 2013 Lineup: Five Thoughts About the Lack of Hip-Hop and the Loads of Nostalgia

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The Outside Lands lineup came out today, which means it's time to argue about whether it's good or kinda good or a total disappointment. Overall, we think the lineup is definitely less compelling than last year, but still reasonably strong. Despite a few complaints (see below), the festival's reputation as a rising player on the national circuit will be maintained. Here are five aspects of this year's lineup that particularly stand out to us. (And remember, the festival continues to add acts even after today's announcement.)

1. There's almost no rap.
As in, one act: the throwback hip-hop outfit Jurassic 5. That's it. For being such a popular genre nationally -- and such an influential one regionally -- it's kind of amazing how underrepresented it is at Outside Lands. And anyone who says live rap sucks obviously wasn't at Big Boi's set last year.

See also: Outside Lands Announces 2013 Lineup: Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Kaskade, and More

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Outside Lands Announces 2013 Lineup: Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Kaskade, and More

The 2013 Outside Lands lineup is out!
Outside Lands festival organizers today announced the lineup for the 2013 event, and it looks like a big one. Headliners include Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Willie Nelson, Hall & Oates, and more. The festival takes place Aug. 9-11 in Golden Gate Park. Check out the full lineup poster below:

See also: Outside Lands 2013 Lineup: Five Thoughts About the Lack of Hip-Hop and the Loads of Nostalgia

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Outside Lands 2013 Lineup Clues: the National, Wavves, Youth Lagoon, Zedd, and Willie Nelson

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You recognize this guy, right?
Last week, we rounded up some of the likely big names for this year's Outside Lands lineup, which included Paul McCartney, Phoenix, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Baauer.

The lineup will be announced tomorrow. But before then, festival organizers have been dropping hints on Instagram. Based on those not-so-subtle clues, other acts performing this year will be Grizzly Bear, the National, Willie Nelson, Jurassic 5, and more. Check out the full list of clue leaks below.

See also: Outside Lands 2013: Five Bands To Expect on the Lineup

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Outside Lands 2013: Five Bands To Expect on the Lineup

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Update, 4/10/13: Outside Lands has started dropping clues about the lineup on Instagram, and so far it looks like Grizzly Bear and Chromatics are also playing this year.

It's official: The Outside Lands lineup will be announced a week from today, on April 16, 2013. And while some hints about this year's bill have spilled out on the Internet so far, it seems high time to round up what we know so far. Here, then are six artists we're pretty sure are on the 2013 Outside Lands lineup -- plus a few solid guesses. This year's festival runs Aug. 9-11 in Golden Gate Park.

1. Paul McCartney
We told you a couple of weeks ago about the page that showed McCartney playing Sunday at this year's festival. We don't have any more info than that, but as Macca's camp keeps trickling out more U.S. tour dates for the summer, none of them conflict with Outside Lands -- and none announced so far are in the Bay Area. This seems very likely.

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