Another year, another adventure at Outside Lands awaits. Of the three years that I’ve been in San Francisco for this magical festival, this year’s lineup is arguably the most impressive. The headliners are about as diverse as they come: Elton John (to please the old school crowd), Mumford & Sons (to please the nostalgic crowd), The Black Keys (to please the rocker crowd), Sam Smith (to please the emotional crowd), and Kendrick Lamar (to please the hip-hop crowd). And yet there’s something appealing to the general music fan in all of these artist. Suffice it to say, they nailed it this year.
And that’s not just because of the big name headliners they’re bringing in. There is an amazing amount of rising stars in the smaller print names coming to the festival this year. To make sure you get the most out of your Outside Lands experience this year, we’ve picked 10 must-see acts who fall in the non-headliner category. And for fun, we’ve also put together an Outside Lands playlist to get you excited for the fun next weekend. Hit the jump to continue reading.
BROODS just uploaded ‘Four Walls’ from their album Evergreen, which was released on August 22, 2014. This sibling duo from New Zealand has impressed me track after track, and ‘Four Walls’ is no exception. There is something about the way BROODS combines the blend of slow tempo snares with soft vocals that produces a track that flows so incredibly well. This track is like a dream you don’t want to wake up from.
BROODS, a duo from New Zealand, have made a name for themselves in 2014. With the release of their self-titled EP in January of this year, they turned heads with their subtle blend of pop and electronic music. “Bridges” was their hit song, but personally I preferred “Never Gonna Change,” as it felt as though it carried a bit more “oomph,” if you will. They brought it again again with today’s release, “L.A.F.,” which actually carries a rather similar sonic vibe as “Never Gonna Change” but ]more upbeat. And it’s impossible to ignore the swooping noise that comes on the word “you” that’s repeated in the chorus — it’s cool and cute at the same time. #nailedit
A dash of dreaminess, pop and addictive beats is exactly what we need for the perfect track. “Bridges” has all those ingredients and is something truly beautiful. Broods bring a sweet, innocent sound and blend it with pure catchiness. Can anyone really argue with that? I think not. Grab a free download below and become absolutely drawn into this tune.