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Outside Lands 2013

Here we go again...

Outside Lands is held inside Golden Gate Park in San Fran and just hit its sixth year running. This was my second go around and both years have held a similar mystique.

The days consist of haze filled skies with a backdrop of what appears to be a misty rainforest, when in fact we’re right smack dab in SF. Each taste of San Francisco subculture is scattered about with accompanying styles of food (love the food). Nights seem to hit sometime around the last act and a certain strange mood fills the air – which in part is brought on by the sunny hazed days mixed with alcohol and the aroma of drugs around you.

I may not experience a festival like this in its pure happiness form that many try for, but I do get a lot out of it. Best described, it’s an unfiltered experience of today’s San Francisco lifestyles all bottled up in one big city park.

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Le Youth with Touch Sensitive at SF’s Rickshaw Stop

People just don't know what they're passing up

This is not a promotion for Le Youth & Touch Sensitive at the Rickshaw this Thursday, July 18 (well that was). But really I could care less who’s going, except for the few people I know here in the Bay Area who are somewhat into this style.

Unfortunately like most people though, including myself, they’re lazy as fuck. You tell them there’s a show this Thursday with producers who are defining the future of disco, funk & soul and all of them coincidentally are working at the butt crack of 7am the next day.

Well, I call bullshit. Not that they’re bullshitting me, but they sure as hell are bullshitting themselves. To choose a good nights rest over an experience our children would have killed to go see, like us and our envy of 60’s culture, is simply a shame and I won’t have it!

So here’s my second attempt at getting these lazy fucks off their ass for a good show in SF. For the rest of you, enjoy a mix of Le Youth & Touch Sensitive’s best. If you are going to the show in San Francisco, let me know in the comments below. First drinks on me.

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Outside Lands 2012 : The Missing Ingredient

And my two favorite acts = daytime parties!

Outside Lands 2012 was an odd affair in a city forest. The music had a sharp range of talent, the food… oh god, the food was sogood and the people were quite pleasant & interesting to talk to. OsL did have its drawbacks though- it was cold as hell, dirty as shit & a trek to get to, but one thing especially bothered me that could’ve turned this massive music fest into a whole ‘nother experience from any other and it just so happens to be what its city & the Bay Area are known for, technology.

Outside Lands takes us back to the beauty of nature and feels more like a party on Safari than in the middle of San Fran, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t try to innovative on what a festival means, especially considering where it’s held. Since the technology capital of the world is right in its backyard, OsL needs to use that to its advantage to become a festival like no other. Not only would a better adoption with technology, especially anything social, help its name spread much farther & deeper across the web, but more importantly revolutionize the music festival experience. From advances in technological art to better socializing the whole festival experience – if OsL doesn’t do it now, they’ll have to do it later, but with many other festivals far ahead of it.

Now to My Favorite Acts

Theophilus London Live in Minneapolis

with Gigamesh, Katy Morley & Astronautalis, Greg Grease and Venus X

This Saturday I got the chance to go see Theophilus London play for the first time in Minneapolis. I don’t go to too many shows to review them, mostly because it’s far more fun to watch the crowds and also because I tend to drink, which usually leads me down a path to no good.

My biggest problem with drinking is that I lose my memory, so covering the event proves difficult. I tried to hold off as much as I could for this show, but what the hell is my job there anyways …well, I guess to remember it is one thing […]

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The Fourth Annual Soundset (2011)

My love for the crowd and my criticism towards emcees

Like all festivals, events and any large gathering, the most interesting thing to watch at Soundset 2011 were the people. Ranging from the majority, punk-ass teenagers, to the older crowd with kids, Soundset grew to over 20,000 people this year.

I don’t know how many of you like to crowd watch as much as I do, but as someone trying to cover the event, most of my time was spent gazing at the mess of fans feelin the vibes off the performers: a majority of acts that many had not heard before and the headliners that brought us all together. As impressive as the headliners were this year, especially De La Soul, I wanna point something out about a few of the other acts […]

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