SF Outside Lands Day 3

When you plan to go to anything outside in San Francisco, the first thing you worry about is the weather, namely how cold it will be.  For this reason, I warned two visiting friends (one from Virginia, one from Los Angeles) that they could not wear shorts; they had to wear jeans and closed toe shoes, and should bring sweaters, scarves, gloves, coats, etc.

But San Francisco proved me wrong on this particular day.  The weather was perfect, holding sunny in the mid-70s.  This alone would have been enough to ensure an excellent Outside Lands, but that turned out to be merely the beginning.

tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus performing at the Sutro Stage. Photo by Alexa Dooseman.

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The Interns’ Top Picks for SF Outside Lands

Annie Closs, Katherine Hamilton, Katie Kopacz and Mudit Suebsukchareon have been an awesome addition to the eventseekr team over the past 10 weeks. Charged with either the articles that have been published or other research tasks, all four are made of awesome, and we are very thankful for their hard work. To close out their time here this summer, we asked each of them to choose a few bands from this year’s SF Outside Lands lineup and share why they would love to see these performers live.

The large crowd at the 2010 edition of SF Outside Lands. Photo by Jeff Kravitz.

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STS9- OSL Night Shows

Fans of electronic music should definitely check out Sound Tribe Sector 9 (STS9) at this year’s Outside Lands music festival. This instrumental band from Santa Cruz is sure to put on a good show in a city they are very familiar with. STS9’s self-described “post-rock dance music” has risen to popularity in the electronic music scene. Their live shows have catapulted them to the forefront of electronic music and they have become familiar performers at music festivals everywhere.

STS9 was formed in Atlanta in 1999 and consists of members Hunter Brown, Jeffree Lerner, David Murphy, David Phipps, and Zach Velmer all playing a wide range of instruments. The band also founded their own record label called 1320 Records with the goal of lessening the distance between artists and fans, and their albums have been released on this label. Recently, they have released a live concert DVD called Live As Time Changes, a mixtape with STS9 and other artists, and albums Artifact and Artifact: Perspective. They were ranked #25 among Pollstar’s list of top-grossing touring acts for summer 2010 and consistently sell lots of tickets for their shows.

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The Meters – OSL Night Shows

I was that weird kid in middle school who, instead of being up to date on the latest Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, had my nose (or ears, more accurately) buried in my parents’ record collection. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Earth, Wind & Fire, George Clinton. You might not know any songs by The Meters off the top of your head, but they had an immense stylistic influence on all of these groups. Now, the rock music of the sixties was great, and so is Britney, but sometimes after a really tough day (or a really great one, or even an in-between one for that matter) there’s nothing like blasting out my favorite funk tunes from my laptop’s speakers, hoping they won’t blow out.

Today, if you asked most young people, the limits of their knowledge of funk is probably Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September”. And their impression of funk is probably that it’s just a little too cheesy, with its catchy horn lines and now-cliché bass lines and falsettos. Although, to be fair, George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic did make a pretty big comeback with the 20-something crowd recently.

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The Bucket List: 5 European Music Festivals

Welcome to the Bucket List, a new feature here on the eventseekr blog, in which one member of the eventseekr team writes a little something that’s out in the world that he/she must absolutely experience before leaving this mortal coil. Conversely, you will likely see some entries that feature stories of bucket list items that our team may already have experienced. First up is a little something about five music festivals throughout Europe that I’ve had my eye on.

As I said in my recap of this year’s edition of Coachella, the festival’s promoters, Goldenvoice and AEG Live, have a sweet tooth for house music and most all electronic dance music (EDM) for that matter as well. It’s something that my friends and I are so very thankful for. Following my first Coachella in 2009, I began to yearn for more festivals, and traveling in general. While I consider Coachella to be  the best music festival in the United States, I’ve ambitions to try as many other domestic festivals as I possibly can. That definitely includes this year’s edition of Lollapalooza and maybe even SF Outside Lands. But, as big as the U.S. is, there is an even bigger world out there. I froth with excitement for just a chance to experience just one music festival abroad. Alas, I’ll be the first to admit that my eyes have almost always been bigger than my stomach, so here are five.


A large mural at Glastonbury 2009. Photo by Alisha Francisco.

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