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.
There’s something warm and cozy about Leon Bridges that makes me feel so nostalgic. Listening to his new song “Lisa Sawyer” today, I was taken back to the first time I watched “Blue Valentine” in 2011 and heard the song “You and Me” by Penny & The Quarters. I could write a very similar post to the one I wrote nearly 4 years ago now about Penny & The Quarters, in which I said that the song “goes into a soul/bluesy tune that immediately makes me feel as though I belong in New Orleans.” Listen to this song about Lisa Sawyer, an ode to Leon’s mom from New Orleans, and tell me it isn’t crazy how cyclical life is.