The Outside Lands music festival has the potential to be a perennial highlight of the summer festival series. The show took place in the gorgeous and expansive Golden Gate Park which provided a scenic backdrop and allowed for multiple stages. At times Outside Lands came to a screeching halt due to incessant technical problems that almost ruined prominant headline sets. It is inexcusable for Radiohead’s sound to completely cut out not once but twice. It is just offensive that the next night Tom Petty had to leave the stage so they sound guys could pull their heads out of their asses. Sacapuntas Locos: Live @ Derpa Sherpa Palooza had less sound problems than this show. Here are some highlights:
With every tour Radiohead reaffirms their credability as the best band of this generation and the best live act around. For this festival setting Radiohead selected a wide variety from their discography, playing songs from each of their albums with the exception of “Pablo Honey”. Their setlist:
1. 15 Step
4. There There
5. All I Need
7. Talk Show Host
8. National Anthem
9. The Gloaming
11. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
13. Karma Police
14. Jigsaw Falling Into Place
16. Exit Music (for a film)
18. Pyramid Song
19. You And Whose Army?
20. Paranoid Android
21. Fake Plastic Trees
22. Everything In Its Right Place
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
Nobody commanded the stage this weekend better than Sharon Jones. Picking up where the Ike and Tina Revue left off, Sharon Jones and her band the Dap Kings put on an amazing show. At age 52, Jones struts and performs better than the indie waifs of Broken Social Scene could ever hope to. They don’t make performers like that anymore.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Amidst sound problems, Tom Petty put together a nice nostalgic set that had the crowd singing along in unison. Petty brought his friend Steve Windwood on stage (from Traffic) which was one of the highlights of the set.
I’ve been a Wilco fan for years so it was great to finally see them in concert. They have great onstage chemistry and they sounded fantastic. If I’m going to be honest though, I had just come from Sharon Jones and I couldn’t help but find Wilco to be a bit subdued and underwhelming after Jones’ boistrous stage show. Still, I had a great time with Wilco’s jammy, alt-country-folk set.
Other highlights included Cake and the Walkmen.