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Outside Lands Festival: Day Two review

Another day, another 40,000 fans and two dozen bands. Unlike Friday’s EDM, rock and singer-songwriter heavy lineup, today focused more on more pop and indie rock (with the exception of Metallica, of course, who are as hard rock as any band at the festival).

Early on, I bounced around from stage to stage catching a few indie buzz-bands. Animal Kingdom, the British three-piece known for their track “Strange Attractor” played a short but fun set with lots of interaction with the fans between songs. San Francisco’s own Geographer put on a great show, complete with two fog machines and an electric cello. The highlight of my first part of my day though was Father John Misty, a mix between Fleet Foxes (Father John Misty’s lead vocalist is J. Tillman, the former Fleet Foxes drummer) and Edward Sharpe. Sporting a shirt that read “Legalize LSD,” J. Tillman and co. sporadically danced the day away, taking off layers of clothes and drinking whiskey throughout the set to keep their spirits up.

I intended to then head to Alabama Shakes, but my late arrival huge crowds kept me away. Instead, I briefly stopped by Portugal. The Man, who sounded a lot cleaner and more put together than I expected, andMichael Kiwanuka, before heading to the Twin Peaks stage, where I would spend most of the rest of my night.

Outkast’s Big Boi, who missed his Outside Lands set last year due to “technical difficulties,” as he called it, performed a mix of his solo music and Outkast hits. “Hey Ya” wasn’t performed, but the crowd sang along for most of “Ms. Jackson,” making it the highlight of his set.

One of the best shows I’ve seen so far this weekend came from Passion Pit. Instead of trying to push their new album Gossamer on the fans, the band from Boston only played a few new tracks and let the fans hear the ones they love, like “Sleepyhead,” “Moth’s Wings,” and “Little Secrets.”

My headliner for the night was Icelandic band Sigur Ros. While waiting for their set to start, I could hear fireworks exploding across the park from Metallica’s huge stage set up, but as soon as Sigur Ros began to play and vocalist Jonsi let out a falsetto squeal, I knew my pick was a good one. Behind the band, which featured nearly 10 members playing everything from the flute to a tiny toy piano, was a spectacular video display with scenes of children swimming, lights flickering and mythical woods.

Sunday, the festival’s final day, brings a great mix of genres. Stevie Wonder and Skrillex headline.

By Brian Benton

Brian Benton is a student at Washington University in St. Louis, born and raised in the Bay Area. He likes writing, photography, biking, Andrew Jackson Jihad and Childish Gambino.

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