Nas and Damian Marley, Outside Lands' Weak Lineup, and the Unfashionable Mister Loveless

So Nas and Damian Marley set out to make a rap-reggae record. It's not a terribly novel idea, but given the pair's credentials, the disc sounds at least promising, right? Don't spark that spliff just yet: Sean Fennessey writes in our print edition this week that Nas and Marley's finished product, this year's Distant Relatives, is ultimately tasteful but “not what it should be.” A more ideal (and for those so inclined, spliff-worthy) setting for the duo may be found this weekend, when Nas and Marley perform at the Outside Lands festival.

Speaking of Outside Lands, this year's lineup just doesn't live up to the high standard set by the last two years — even if it does have a spate of intriguing acts. And one wonders what it means that the festival got a day shorter, a stage smaller, and $15 less expensive this year. Read my take on Outside Lands 2010 in the debut of the Sound and Vision column.
Next: is indie rock supposed to be about fashion or good music? The members of rising San Francisco band Mister Loveless think it's the latter. Their accessible mix of new wave and post-punk sounds as good on Live 105, I explain, as it does blasting through a small club. And if the band isn't yet hipster blog-approved, it can count both goths and suburban bros among its fans.
Also this week, Bouncer discovers why Mr. Bing's is the Marlon Brando of North Beach bars, and noteworthy shows from Rasputina and Jimmy Cliff.
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