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Outside Lands

Beyond the Big Names

The Outside Lands festival returns to Golden Gate Park on August 14th and 15th with a slimmer, trimmer, more eco-friendly (that’s economy friendly) new look. Gone is the Friday lineup and ticket prices were slightly reduced this year to encourage sales as the concert industry weathers a summer slump.

Despite early grumbling about a lack of star power compared to previous years, the lineup this year features plenty of eclectic acts, large and small, to sate the appetites of hippies, hipster, hip-hop heads, and even punks. Check out our picks for highlights of the festival:

Tokyo Police Club — Saturday, 5:25pm; Twin Peaks Stage
This edgy new-wave punk group has made a name for itself ever since its members got their high school GED. The Canadian group doesn't tour that often in the US, and it’s a must see for any rock fans ready to jump around. ~David Johnson-Igra

Wild Beasts — Saturday, 7:55pm; Panhandle Solar Stage
Wild Beasts was recently nominated for the UK's prestigious Barclaycard Mercury Prize (think the Grammy's gone indie) for Best Album of 2010. Don't miss this opportunity to see one of the most promising new rock bands before it becomes a household name. ~David Johnson-Igra

The Soft Pack — Sunday, 12:45pm; Twin Peaks Stage
There’s no better way to shake off the cobwebs from Saturday’s festivities than with this San Diego punk outfit. The band’s self-titled debut LP was an early surprise this year with light and energetic songs like “C’mon” and “Answer to Yourself.” ~Matt Crawford

Nneka — Sunday, 1:25pm; Panhandle Solar Stage
Armed with a microphone, Nneka brings her undeniable talents along with a powerful political message for the world to see. A musical gift not to be missed at Outside Lands. ~Jeff Kingsbury

Chromeo — Sunday, 5:15pm, Twin Peaks Stage
Bringing synths and a 1980s retro style to the fore, Chromeo will make you reminisce about the days when you wore high tops, Ocean Pacific t-shirts, and jean jackets. Get your dancing shoes ready. ~Jeff Kingsbury

The Budos Band — Sunday, 7:40pm; Panhandle Solar Stage
Keep the vibes irie after Nas and Damian Marley’s set and make your way over to the Panhandle Solar stage for the heavy, reverb-drenched horns of the Budos Band. This Brooklyn-based instrumental group from Daptone Records — the same label that brought you Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings — can hold a serious groove. ~Matt Crawford

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