Photos: The music and the fans at the 2016 Outside Lands Music Festival

Another year, another weekend of fantastic music in Golden Gate Park courtesy of the 2016 Outside Lands Music Festival, three days of sold-out crowds and legendary acts.  For your viewing pleasure, this is our collection of amazing photos from Daniel Kielman, from the heavy hitters (Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem) to the up and comers (Julien Baker, Kevin Morby), there's plenty of photos from the festival. Day 1: LCD Soundsystem, Duran Duran, Wet, St. Lucia and more Day 2: Radiohead, Sufjan Stevens, Julien Baker, The Last Shadow Puppets and more Day 3: Chance The Rapper, Miguel, Kamasi Washington, Third Eye [...]

The highs and (very few) lows of Outside Lands 2016

Radiohead (all photos: Daniel Kielman) Everything was not in its right place when the gates opened at this year’s Outside Lands Music Festival. The box office lines were stalled to a crawl because the Internet was down, and individuals subsequently experienced significant delays in receiving their wristbands. When their credentials were finally sorted out, many attendees then faced entry scanners that had the tendency to randomly deny access, which subsequently led to painfully long customer service queues. For those who did get in, they soon discovered that the alcohol ID wristbands hadn’t arrived and they couldn’t yet begin their much-anticipated day [...]

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Outside Lands: Following along to Kevin Morby’s parade

(photo: Dusdin Condren) In one of the best scenes from Bojack Horseman, the excellent Netflix comedy that a few weeks ago released its tremendous third season, the titular character lies dissatisfied in the aftermath of setting fire to his surroundings in another of his misguided attempts to find warmth. His former biographer, and now fellow lost cause Diane, responds to Bojack’s disappointment with life by asking him, “When’s the last time you were actually happy?” Subsequently, we are thrown to Bojack driving his disheveled car, eyes transfixed on the road as he heads to find the place he last remembers [...]

Outside Lands: Whitney made the perfect winter record for the summer

Light Upon The Lake is the kind of album that inspires mythology. It’s an immaculate debut crafted by a duo of songwriters in the midst of heartbreak and in the aftermath of their former band’s dissolution. There’s a number of great anecdotes regarding the record’s road to release – vocalist Julien Ehrlich and guitarist Max Kakacek conjuring the titular Whitney character as an outside perspective to initially channel their songwriting as they got comfortable opening up to one another, the two settling on the moniker "Whitney" when thinking up names for their "fictional adopted love child" – but my favorite [...]

Your guide to Outside Lands 2016’s many schedule conflicts

Concerts are increasingly the dominant source of income for artists in the music industry. Record sales continue to fall as "ownership" becomes an outdated ideology in the era of streaming, yet the new rental economy is still a war zone of competing financial interests that has few winners and a bitter majority of begrudging losers. While the business begins to rediscover exactly how to monetize audio recordings, musicians are wisely taking their catalogs on the road. Live music is more massive than ever, and one such result of this trend is the modern summer festival circuit. Outside Lands released their [...]

Outside Lands announces impressive comedy lineup

With Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, and Chance the Rapper on tap, the music choices for this year’s Outside Lands Festival are predictably on-point (and that’s not to mention Whitney, maybe my favorite small-font band in the history of the event. Just saying.) But for those who want a temporary break from the world-class tunes, Outside Lands is offering up a tasty side dish of hilarious comedians as part of the event’s Barbary Tent. Specifically dedicated to stand-up acts, the Barbary lineup will feature Portlandia star (and former Trenchmouth drummer) Fred Armisen, Adam Devine of Workaholics fame, and baby-faced comic John [...]

Outside Lands 2016: Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Lionel Richie to headline

Nine years after Radiohead became the first music act to play at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park after dark at the first Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, the celebrated English band will return for the festival's ninth annual go-around. Electronic rock band LCD Soundsystem will headline a second night, while R&B crooner Lionel Richie was named as a surprising third headliner of the festival, which is presented by Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly and Starr Hill. The 2016 bill includes Duran Duran, J. Cole, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, Oakland songstress Kehlani, Grimes, Vince Staples, and and a even a special performance [...]

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