Monday, August 15, 2011

Outside Lands Recap -- Score Big for Decemberists ... Weather

San Francisco's 3-day Outside Lands music festival wrapped up yesterday -- closed by Arcade Fire. This was my first Outside Lands which -- although no Coachella -- is a great event (particularly when the weather was as glorious as it was on Saturday and Sunday). Score big for the weather!

THE highlight set for me was The Decemberists -- lead singer is a character and drew the crowd into his theatrics despite the niche/quirky tunes and lyrics. I have been a long-time fan -- now others certainly are. The Black Keys also wowed the crowd (a bit surprisingly, I think they attracted the biggest crowd all weekend). And, finally, I saw Arcade Fire -- which did not disappoint. They too held the crowd. One more highlight worth mentioning -- MGMT singing "Flash Delerium."

The biggest disappointment was Muse. I have seen them 2X before and they have always been epic. But, on Saturday night -- and for no discernible reason -- they fell flat (and not for lack of effort). Had the crowd, but then lost them. The energy was completely lacking. Must have been the sun that sapped the crowd that day.