Some incredible music (and traffic) is preparing to descend upon San Francisco this weekend, but its not all happening at Outside Lands. Here are our top 10 acts in San Francisco this weekend to catch for those avoiding Golden Gate Park.
The Outside Lands lineup came out today, which means it's time to argue about whether it's good or kinda good or a total disappointment. Overall, we think the lineup is definitely less compelling than last year, but still reasonably strong. Despite a few complaints (see below), the festival's reputation as a rising player on the national circuit will be maintained. Here are five aspects of this year's lineup that particularly stand out to us. (And remember, the festival continues to add acts even after today's announcement.)
1. There's almost no rap.
As in, one act: the throwback hip-hop outfit Jurassic 5. That's it. For being such a popular genre nationally -- and such an influential one regionally -- it's kind of amazing how underrepresented it is at Outside Lands. And anyone who says live rap sucks obviously wasn't at Big Boi's set last year.