Rabbits Black Guide to Outside Lands: Sunday
As you are packing up and getting ready to make your way to the City by the Bay, Rabbits Black has your guide to Sunday at Outside Lands. Sunday brings perhaps the strongest Twin Peaks line up on EDM, but don’t let that distract you from some of the other great talent that will be performing at Golden Gate Park. With Kaskade as a Twin Peaks closer, Ranger Dave has selected possibly the best way to close out a killer weekend in the park. Hit the jump to check out who else you need to see on Sunday.
Deap Vally, rocking chicks from the San Fernando Valley have been called the White Stripes with a bad-ass female lead singer … not that Jack White has the most masculine voice ever. Still the raw blues-rock comparison is a huge compliment. Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards formed Deap Vally in 2011 and released their first single “Gonna Make My Own Money” in 2012. They take on Panhandle early on Sunday at 2:50 to 3:50. The trio’s videos are dripping with booze, legs, attitude, and killer guitar riffs that scream of rebellion. They are brand new, releasing their first album Sistrionix in June of this year, so they should definitely be worth checking out as an upside band in the afternoon. There are two things you need to know about Deap Vally: 1) They are touring with Queen of the Stone Age in Canada in August (Josh Homme knows good music when he hears it);and 2) These two music videos:
Get your New Orleans brass band fix at this year’s Outside Lands with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, who take on Sutro from 3:50 to 4:40. If there is one city can match the groove of the San Francisco streets it is definitely New Orleans. TS has been touring with his current band Orleans Avenue since 2009, and he played on the debut Rounder Records album for the Rabbits Black favorite Soul Rebels Brass Band entitled Unlock Your Mind. TS’s newest Album For True features amazing guests including Jeff Beck, Kid Rock, Ledisi, Warren Haynes, Lenny Kravitz, Ivan and Cyril Neville, The Rebirth Brass Band, and more. So you really never know who may join him on stage.
King Tuff is on heavy rotation on most college playlists, and rightfully so. Kyle Thomas, the man behind King Tuff, will grace Panhanlde from 4:25 to 5:05. With a strong second self-titled release from 2012, King Tuff is prime to soar into sell-out club engagements in a town near you. King Tuff brings an accessible version of garage psych rock is undeniably catchy, and by the end of “Sun Medallion” (listen below), you’ll be singing right along. You can’t miss this opportunity to check out King Tuff in the unique setting in the trees of San Francisco.
Emerging as a savant turntable whisperer and mastering the world of post-disco indie dance (think DFA Records sounds), A-Trak is now taking on – and winning – the EDM world. Alain Macklovich, the brother of Dave 1 (one half of Chromeo), managed to find time to start Fool’s Gold (responsible for EDM main stays Duck Sauce, Kavinsky, Laidback Luke, Chromeo, and A-Trak) well into his DJ career. Despite his packed schedule with Fool’s Gold, A-Trak is exploring his many talents in the EDM world. The result: outright fun dance tracks. A-Trak spends most of his time in New York, so you can’t miss your chance to see him in California at Twin Peaks from 5:10 to 6:00.
Vampire Weekend are hot on the heels of their best album to date, Modern Vampires of the City. Before the release of this album, Vampire Weekend was not an exciting act for Outside Lands. But now that we’ve had the ability to absorb and appreciate this album for all that it is, Vampire Weekend is a can’t miss act. The band takes on Lands End at 5:50 and plays until 7:00. Catch the early end of their set, as MS MR is another can’t miss act.
Having released their debut full length, and shrouded in shadowy mystery, MS MR have every element to draw a crowd to Panhandle at 6:00 to 6:40. With such little known about the duo, we can’t say for certain you’ll have another opportunity to see them in California. The pair have created a visual masterpiece to accompany Secondhand Rapture, aptly titled “Secondhand Capture”, which you can view here. Listen to the first single “Hurricane” and give the full appreciation MS MR deserves: quite frankly, their sound is unparalleled amongst new artists today. Their dark, melodic, and infections (and at the same time purely heartbreaking) sound channels the powerhouse of Adele and synthesizes it with catchy indie riffs from Phantogram. Although still in the nascent in the career, expect big things from the duo – and don’t miss this opportunity to see them as they ride their crest to fame. It’s definitely worth skipping out on Vampire Weekend early and missing the beginnings of Willie Nelson.
Willie Nelson just keeps on going, and his stop at Outside Lands is one of what seems like hundreds of tour dates coming up for the living legend. But his Outside Lands appearance is the only major music festival stop for Willie this summer, so unless you were planning on going to see him solo, this is your only chance to see him at a festival. Willie plays right before a two hour block of dance music, so settle in for something different and special before you close Outside Lands with some face melting EDM and electronic. Willie is supporting his third album in eighteen months (yes, third!) To All The Girls… On this album, he enlists his favorite female singers for 18 duet tracks. The first single with Dolly Parton, “From Here To The Moon And Back”, was just released for radio. We won’t know until set time at 6:30 to 7:40 on Sutro if Willie is planning on bringing any of the girls he enlisted for the new album up on stage, but with San Francisco as his backdrop, you can bet someone special is going to be on stage with the 80 year old icon. Be there to witness it.
Dillon Francis was a huge part of Lollapalooza this year, playing a solo set at Perry’s stage and teaming with Flux Pavillion for one of the most anticipated aftershows of the weekend. The LA native will bring his party hardy to Panhandle from 7:35 to 8:20, with DJ sets that mix current radio favorites and originals. He’s the perfect lead in to Kaskade, who is more of a true Trance artist. We liked Francis’ set at Lolla, and we are hoping for something even bigger at Outside Lands. Your best bet at hearing some awesome mixes is going to be with Dillon Francis. He’s simply one of the better party DJs at Outside Lands.
Kaskade, San Francisco’s adopted son. Ryan Raddon, better known as Kaskade, moved to the Bay Area in 2000. It was here that Kaskade started to really take off. With the San Francisco emerging electronic scene as his playground, the Bay Area was integral to the rise of Kaskade. So it’s here, at Outside Lands closing out Twin Peaks from 8:25 until 9:35, where you expect Raddon to go BIG. Kaskade ranked #30 in DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ Poll for 2012, which is a testament to just how much that poll gets it wrong sometimes. You would be hard pressed to find another DJ in the states not as loved as Kaskade (except for our boy Markus Schulz of course). He’s an established star in the Las Vegas scene, a local, and one of the most recognized Trance DJs in the world. This is how you need to close out Outside Lands 2013.