Rabbits Black Guide to Outside Lands: Saturday
Saturday, August 10, 2013, is a very Lands End heavy day at Outside Lands. But can you really blame Ranger Dave for stacking the Lands End deck with such heavy hitters as Jurassic 5 and Nine Inch Nails? Yeah, neither could we. With so many acts billed on the same stage, take advantage and take on Outside Lands like a true San Franciscan: armed with some of the best food in the country, perfectly paired with your favorite libation. Because you don’t have to lose precious minutes bouncing down the (often long) path between stages on Saturday, use this opportunity to sample some of the finest chefs and restauranteurs the Bay Area has to offer. Lands End is surrounded with almost every type of food imaginable, and you can sample tasty bites without ever having to leave the comforting sounds of the stage. Hit the jump to see what acts Rabbits Black will be catching on Saturday.
Start off your Saturday with a taste of the Bay with San Franciscans, Social Studies, who will warm up Twin Peaks from 12:45 until 1:25. The quintet released their sophomore full length just under a year ago; Developer offers a counterpoint to the 10+ rotating band member sound prevalent in indie folk pop sound toping college radio charts. Although still young in their fame, Social Studies has massive touring credentials, sharing the stage with the likes of Wye Oak, Tune-Yards, The Dodos, and Au Revoir Simone. Natalia Rogovin, the band’s frontwoman, is a classically trained pianist, and her acute attention to sound arrangement earns Social Studies an A+. Catch them in an early at Outside Lands now, while you still can – before you know it, they’ll be selling out a major venue near you.
Gary Clark Jr., a Texas blues guitarist rose out of the live music hotbed of Austin, TX and will perform at Outside Lands on the Lands End stage from 2:20-3:10 p.m. Gary Clark Jr. has a unique mix of blues, rock, soul, and jazz that gives his music the passion and depth of the old time blues legends like B.B King and Buddy Guy, both of whom Clark has played alongside. His hit song “Bright Lights” is a throwback to the delta blues sounds of the 1960’s but Clark can also switch gears to the more Stevie Ray Vaughan inspired “Don’t Owe You a Thing”. This might be as good of a 2:30 act as you’ll see at a rock festival this year. Old fashioned bluesy rock and roll.
If you went to see Gary Clark you can continue with your sunny Indie rock afternoon with Young the Giant, from Irvine, California. They are scheduled to from 3:40-4:30 over at Lands End stage. Their single “Cough Syrup”, off of their 2010 self-titled debut album, received heavy radio play in 2010 and 2011 and their single “My Body” reached number five on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart (for what that’s worth). They only have one studio album to date so this may be a good chance to hear new material that will appear on their next album YTG2. If you’re looking for a peaceful afternoon set to let your worries drift away into the San Francisco air, then Young the Giant may be worth a stopover.
After nearly five years apart, Jurassic 5 are hitting an elite group of cities with their reunion; thankfully for Outside Lands attendees, their limited engagement includes Lands End from 5:00 to 6:00. If you missed J5 at Coachella this year, we feel sorry for you, too. One of the forefathers of underground hip-hop, Jurassic 5 set the stage for experimental sounds both within a genre and against the grain. Not much can be said about Jurassic 5 that hasn’t already been said. But be sure not to miss Jurassic 5 this year at Outside Lands because you may never have the opportunity to see them again.
Kristian Matsson, better known as The Tallest Man On Earth graces Sutro from 6:00 to 6:50. The singer-songwriter has been in heavy festival rotation, hitting Sasquatch and Bonnaroo this year alone. This experience is sure to give The Tallest Man On Earth the stage presence necessary to keep a maintain and festival crowd even with his toned-down styling. Drawing comparisons to (and having toured with) Bon Iver, The Tallest Man On Earth offers the perfect evening reprieve in your Saturday schedule. Grab a warm meal and Matsson’s folk tunes warm you from the inside.
San Francisco gets a taste of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs from 6:30 to 7:40 at Lands End. Karen O was born in South Korea to a Korean mom and Polish father. The music of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs is as diverse as it’s front woman, and it all makes a perfect fit for the city of San Francisco and fans at Outside Lands. They might be a New York City band, but the Yeah Yeah Yeahs would fit in right at home in our beautiful melting pot culture. We weren’t thoroughly impressed with the acoustics during their set at Coachella, so we are hoping for a much better sounding experience at Outside Lands this week. One thing is for sure, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are here to put on a show.
Nine Inch Nails is back in Los Angeles after a tremendous return to the US stage at Lollapalooza last weekend. After a one-week break, they are making the trip up to Outside Lands for their second of only three US festival shows. If you saw the Lights In The Sky tour in 2008, you know exactly what type of visual and audio performance the band is capable of unleashing on festival goers. Imagine that, but refined and more intense. That’s what you are getting into at Nine Inch Nails at Outside Lands. The band is skipping the three locations of their US festival dates on their Tension 2013 arena tour that starts in September. That means this is possibly the only Bay Area show for Trent Reznor and the gang. Don’t miss NIN closing out the evening at Lands End from 9:25-9:55.