Preview: Outside Lands 2011

The major musical speculation for Friday night is whether or not we will see some MGMT/Phish collaboration. As some Hidden Track readers might recall, Oracular Spectacular was one of the final eight album possibilities to be covered at Festival 8 a couple of years ago, and guitarist Trey Anastasio mentioned in 2009 that he “went through an MGMT thing for a while there.”

Despite being the first night to sell out, consensus around my circles is that Saturday is the weakest lineup of the weekend – despite boasting Vetiver and Arctic Monkeys from the indie scene, as well as sets from The Black Keys, The Roots and Warren Haynes Band. Nobody I know seems to like Muse, myself included, so closing out the night with Girlk Talk it shall be.

Sunday afternoon appropriately features a fantastic lineup of gospel music with Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band kicking off things on the mainstage at 12:15PM (do not oversleep on them) followed by living legend Mavis Staples. Lookout for a John Fogerty sit-in with Staples or vice versa, as she released a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Wrote a Song For Everyone on her 2010 album You Are Not Alone. For me it’s Little Dragon (who starts their tour at the festival) > Beirut (who has been at the top of my must-see list for quiet some time) > Arcade Fire to end the action-packed weekend.

It’s San Francisco in the summer – bring sunscreen and a hoodie.

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8 Responses

  1. You could not be more wrong about MUSE. They are going to be a huge draw with the concert goers that want a heavier sound. That will the the most hard rock set of the entire weekend.

    Girl Talk is awesome too, but MUSE has been voted the best live act in the UK for the last 5 years running for a reason.

  2. Lotus (actually, I don’t really like them) > Meters > MGMT > Phish > Shins

    Best lineup of the weekend. If Black Keys were on Friday, I would have busted most of my nut that one night. Kind of interested in Warren, but he’s been kind of lame lateley (besides when he just plays).

    Haven’t like the roots since they got rid of the human dj guy back in the 90’s and don’t really know the other bands.

    A friend gave me some Vetiver though, they’re dope.

  3. His point wasn’t that Muse isn’t a big draw, his point was that they suck. Which they do. By your logic, NKOTBSB is an incredible live act.

  4. Now now, I never said they suck. In fact, I probably should have said that I would probably catch a portion of their set as I am very curious to see the production.

  5. Ridiculous knee-jerk reactions to success continue, as Cypress Hill wrote of in (so you want to be a) Rock Superstar.
    Muse is one of the best live shows I have ever seen. I’ll spare you my decades long list. Arcade Fire is deep and taking off. Time to dismiss.Just like the band with the most integrity, Radiohead, the mindless haters whose minds are closed really believe they know music.

  6. I rarely chime in on these but I will second the ‘Don’t sleep on Muse’ mantra…I don’t know a lick of their music but I saw them at ACL a few years back and they blew me away…amazing visuals and I was impressed by their use of the baby grand given my vast affinity for The Chairman of the Boards and his bandmates

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