August 7th, 2013 | By | 15 Comments

Festival Guide: Outsidelands An Essential Guide to Sounds, Style and Suds

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If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to bring more than just some flowers for your hair. You’ll hopefully be bringing your Outsidelands tickets, along with some stand-out festival essentials, and your list of not to be missed sets. The festival, which includes the mythical Lands of Beer and Wine (hey Beer Garden, San Francisco scoffs in your general direction), sprawls out over a good chunk of Golden Gate Park, so you’ll want a solid game plan heading into the weekend. Game day plays still up in the air? Read on for what to pack, plus expert tips on tunes, brews, and more from the local music blog Showbams.

THE SOUNDS: Not To Miss Sets at Outsidelands 2013, from the SF music blog, Showbams:
* Paul McCartney: “The ‘law of legend’ applies here”

* Nine Inch Nails: “Trent Reznor just cannot slow down, it’s a simple musical fact.”

* Vampire Weekend: “Vampire Weekend has gone from “skip” to “must-see” at Outside Lands with the release of their new album Modern Vampires Of The City

* The National: “Pro-move here will be ditching a larger group to slinky up to the front of the main stage with a few like-minded friends, as proximity will be key – you’ll want to be closer to swooning super-fans with their hand over their heart as opposed to loud drunk chick inadvertently chatting into your ear during the quiet parts.”

* The Tallest Man On Earth: “The Tallest Man should help music fans float away at the main stage with a mid-afternoon time slot.”

* Foals: “…it’s pretty impossible to not dance, or at least gyrate when seeing this act live.”

* Gary Clark Jr.: “This hard rocking blues guitarist has been making waves for the past year or two, and is on a meteoric quest to the top. Much like Alabama Shakes last year, the popularity of this act lies in a modern spin on Southern music and it’s palpability to many age groups.”

* Chromatics: “The shimmering beauty from the Chromatics will shower upon Golden Gate Park…”

* Atlas Genius: “Is Atlas Genius the Foster the People of 2013?”

(Listen + Learn more about the picks HERE )

THE PACKING LIST:
Expect notoriously unpredictable micro-climates, so pack for fog, sunshine and anything in between.
RVCA Paisley Flare Pant
Brixton Felt Hat
Marisa Haskell Necklace
Herschel Backpack
Well-Traveled Boots
Plenty of layers

THE PAIRINGS:
Beer + Bands that is. No warm Crrs on this San Fransisco beer and band pairing menu. Check out some local brews to go with your tunes at Showbams

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