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On the same day in May that President Obama made bison the "National Mammal," a calf struggled across a frigid river in Yellowstone National Park's Lamar Valley. Seemingly abandoned, it stumbled to the warmth of a car's tailpipe, shivering. Taking…
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News, Feature Outside Lands 2016

Outside Lands 2016

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…
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News, Feature With <i>Is the Is Are</i>, DIIV Frontman Zachary Cole Smith Finally Sees The Light at the End of the Tunnel

With Is the Is Are, DIIV Frontman Zachary Cole Smith Finally Sees The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Ever since Zachary Cole Smith catapulted onto the music scene in 2011 with his five-piece, guitar-driven rock band DIIV, he's been in the public eye. But not for his music. "It just kind of got glossed over," the 31-year-old says.…
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News, Feature UK Rockers Foals Look Forward to Taking a Much-Needed Break

UK Rockers Foals Look Forward to Taking a Much-Needed Break

"Sometimes it can be quite a shock when he decides to dive in," says Foals bassist Walter Gervers of lead singer Yannis Philippakis. It's right before the band performs on the main stage at Panorama Festival in New York in…
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News, Feature Sufjan Stevens is a Master of Crafting Poignant Jams That Won't Bring You to Tears

Sufjan Stevens is a Master of Crafting Poignant Jams That Won't Bring You to Tears

Sufjan Stevens may not be an angel, but he knows how to channel the celestial. You'll hear it in his lo-fi folk-rock 2000 debut, A Sun Came; in Enjoy Your Rabbit, his 14-track electronic reimagining of the Chinese zodiac; and…
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News, Feature Beach House Makes Dream-Pop That is Perfect For Twilight

Beach House Makes Dream-Pop That is Perfect For Twilight

Though the sun may shine intermittently during the day at Outside Lands, by the evening, the fog drifts into Golden Gate Park and the wind kicks up, casting a mystical glow over the event. It may be less than ideal…
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News, Feature Big Grams Gets the Formula Right

Big Grams Gets the Formula Right

Big Grams might not sound familiar, but surely the names of the individual artists who make up the eclectic hip-hop trio do. Consisting of rapper Big Boi (André 3000's other half in OutKast) and Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel of…
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News, Feature Chicago Indie-Rockers Whitney Are Finding That it Pays to be Sincere

Chicago Indie-Rockers Whitney Are Finding That it Pays to be Sincere

For the last six months, the seven members of the Chicago band Whitney have been homeless — sort of. Though they've been living out of suitcases and backpacks, they haven't necessarily been sleeping on the streets. Instead, they've been touring…
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News, Feature Rüfüs du Sol: The Aussie Trio Falls in Love With California

Rüfüs du Sol: The Aussie Trio Falls in Love With California

Tyrone Lindqvist described playing Coachella as a "giant life goal" and "everything we could hope for," but when it came time to go forth and conquer, he froze a little. "When we walked out on the stage, maybe Ice Cube…
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News, Feature Duran Duran Wants You to Party

Duran Duran Wants You to Party

As a band with near-100 percent name recognition — but which very few Outside Lands attendees have likely ever seen live — Duran Duran is in a unusual position. Sacrificing a two-hour performance and "your own production" is difficult for…
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News, Feature Kamasi Washington: How Collaboration With Other Genres is Changing Jazz For the Better

Kamasi Washington: How Collaboration With Other Genres is Changing Jazz For the Better

For decades, jazz's influence has been waning, and that style of music is tough to crack for those who weren't raised on it. But Kamasi Washington is trying to change that by bringing jazz to new genres. He's exposing people…
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News, Feature Miike Snow's Swedish Pop Has a Cerebral Side

Miike Snow's Swedish Pop Has a Cerebral Side

The divergence between how much people are typically willing to pay for music and what they're willing to shell out for the full festival experience is never clearer than at Outside Lands, which seems to get fancier and fancier every…
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News, Feature Don't Forget About Kyle Kinane or Outside Lands' Other Awesome Comedians!

Don't Forget About Kyle Kinane or Outside Lands' Other Awesome Comedians!

Standup comics are not immune to the the crunch of festival lineup conflicts. "I remember I did one festival, and Johnny Marr was on a stage where I could hear him playing Smiths songs," Kyle Kinane says. "I just stopped…
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News, Feature SF Weekly Outside Lands Staff Picks

SF Weekly Outside Lands Staff Picks

Eric Pratt The Art Guy "I'm a music festival junkie — I've already been to Coachella, Lightning in a Bottle, and Northern Nights this year — so it's no surprise that this is my sixth consecutive year attending Outside Lands.…
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News, Feature Where the Heart Is: The Story Behind San Francisco's Official Ballad

Where the Heart Is: The Story Behind San Francisco's Official Ballad

On or about March 15, 1978, George Cory sat down at a typewriter in his Nob Hill apartment and banged out a four-page will. Full of strikeovers and white-outs, and peppered with theherebys,aforementioneds and hereuntos endemic to lawyerly boilerplate, the…
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News, Feature Stepping Through the Screen

Stepping Through the Screen

When the door locks behind you, the count down begins. You and four other people are crammed into the confines of a jail cell. You begin to turn over furniture and shake loose the pages of books. A voice rings…
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News, Feature The Year In Music So Far

The Year In Music So Far

It seems like 2016 is going to be remembered for a lot of bad things, and we've only made it halfway. But through the blood, tears, and loss, there's been some fine music — in fact, 2016 is shaping up…
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News, Feature 5 Best Albums So Far

5 Best Albums So Far

Kanye West The Life of Pablo Before The Life of Pablo, I was proud to call myself one of Kanye West's biggest haters. Though his early stuff was commendable, Yeezus was an inelegant mash-up of genres that was more…
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News, Feature 10 Best Songs So Far

10 Best Songs So Far

Whitney "No Woman" With its breathy, falsetto vocals and lilting guitar melodies, Whitney could be the love-child of the Bee Gees and Bon Iver. Created from the ashes of another band — Smith Westerns — this 1-year-old septet from…
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News, Feature 5 Big Moments in Music So Far

5 Big Moments in Music So Far

Beyoncé's Halftime Show at the Super Bowl Forget about Coldplay or that lightweight Bruno Mars, because it was Beyoncé who made this year's Super Bowl halftime show great. Unlike her previous Super Bowl appearance — where she channeled her…
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