San Francisco's biggest music festival, this year's Outside Lands lineup does not disappoint. It's an eclectic mix of rappers, R&B crooners, electronic acts, and jazz impresarios, with headliners Lionel Richie, LCD Soundsystem, and Radiohead (who also performed at the festival's first-ever event in 2008).
To help you navigate the festival's lineup — which includes 70-plus acts over three days — we've highlighted 10 artists and bands (plus one comedian) that you simply must see, or at the very least, read about. We've also turned to our staff and asked them to pick out the top five acts they're looking forward to seeing, so check that out, too. See you at Golden Gate Park, and don't forget to bring your earplugs!
With Is the Is Are, DIIV Frontman Zachary Cole Smith Finally Sees The Light at the End of the Tunnel
UK Rockers Foals Look Forward to Taking a Much-Needed Break
Sufjan Stevens is a Master of Crafting Poignant Jams That Won't Bring You to Tears
Beach House Makes Dream-Pop That is Perfect For Twilight
Big Grams Gets the Formula Right
Chicago Indie-Rockers Whitney Are Finding That it Pays to be Sincere
Rüfüs du Sol: The Aussie Trio Falls in Love With California
Duran Duran Wants You to Party
Kamasi Washington: How Collaboration With Other Genres is Changing Jazz For the Better
Miike Snow's Swedish Pop Has a Cerebral Side
Don't Forget About Kyle Kinane or Outside Lands' Other Awesome Comedians!
SF Weekly Outside Lands Staff Picks