Saturday, August 29, 2009

Outside Lands 2009: Day Two Con'd

Sat, Aug 29, 2009 at 4:00 PM

... Dengue Fever, the great LA-Cambodian jazz-pop band, played a marvelously energeic set to an appreciative crowd of thousands. One minute there were a few dozen people in the meadow, and then fifteen minutes later, this. It was a testament to how thoroughly tthe festival seems to have banished the crown-management problems of 2008.

Even the members of Mars Volta are checking out Mastodon, who're playing the only SF date of their national tour. At first the crowd wasn't sure what to make of the heaviest band of the three day fest. After a few songs, they're now moshing. The Atlanta band was loud. Too loud. But an epic, dynamic set sampling grunge and metal. Drummer Brann Dailor's double bass drumming shook the whole stage. Stragglers in the back couldn't hang with the heshers up front.

My Bloody Valentine and Bjork makes Bat for Lashes. Mystical, cinematic, electronic. A small but devoted crowd digs in.

TV on the Radio stage fills up to transcendant sounds. Vocals and sax sound trebly but sharp. Kyp Malone is going for it.

Drum circle breaks out by the ecomom tent. Suddenly feels like Sproul Plaza.

Black Eyed Peas had the whole crowd jumping. There's waay more people here today than yesterday. Note: it's getting chilly!

Chill song selection on the PA before Mars Volta. Peace Train, Creedence, Grateful Dead.

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