The Top 10 Performances At This Year’s Magical Outside Lands Festival

first_imgDuran DuranThe children who grew watching episodes of The Muppet Show came of age in the early eighties, so it’s only fitting that the other big nostalgia act of the weekend was one of the biggest pop sensations of the decade, Duran Duran. The years have been kind to both the remaining original members and their catalog of hits. Unlike many of their contemporaries Duran Duran crafted songs of lasting complexity to accompany their insidious hooks and the mixture of sentimentality and rock solid song craft had the Friday Polo Fields stage crowd begging for more when the trip down memory lane concluded. But then, they say it’s always best to leave the crowd “Hungry Like The Wolf.” E-40 and Warren GToward the back of the main stage area were two small-venue domes designated the Heineken House. Various DJs and smaller acts played there over the weekend, but the main attraction came on a tiny makeshift stage outside it for the surprise reunion between the Bay Area’s E-40 and SoCal’s Warren G Saturday evening. Naturally, the massive turnout led to a logistical nightmare, with bottlenecks trapping fans at the back of the crowd and those walking to Radiohead. But the breezy performance was a highlight reel of rap history. Classics like “Super Hyphy,” “Saturday,” and “Tell Me When To Go” were mixed with more recent tracks like Big Sean’s “IDFWU.” Whether it was a Bay Area diehard, a hip-hop historian, or an interested passerby, that packed-in performance was one that everyone involved will never forget. Any music festival that has an offering called “Wine Lands” understands the idea that things get better with age. Outside Lands is the embodiment of that.After nine years, the festival become one of the premier weekends of San Francisco live music calendar, with a developed personality and an eclectic culture that surrounds it. There are after parties and late night shows in every room in the city. From musicians to fans and everything in-between, the late-summer ways of the Bay Area are beaming for those three days in August.This year’s edition on August 5-7 boasted one of the strongest festival line-ups in the country, with trailblazers from every genre and generational heavyweights playing throughout. But, the early sets and up-and-coming acts more than held their own. Outside Lands always helps artists reel in new fans and, like every good festival, rewards the open-minded. Load remaining images LCD SoundsystemThe first moment Outside Lands really came together was when LCD Soundsystem just shut up and played the hits on Friday night. Since reuniting this year after a five-year hiatus, the New York City collective has come back with serious intentions, rocking every single gig like only they can. The energy was palpable as James Murphy showed no signs of decline, maintaining sky-high intensity on “Losing My Edge,” a masterfully built “Get Innocuous!” and the steady ways of “Home.” The sing-along to “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down” was elevated to “Dance Yrself Clean” and “All My Friends” to close things on a high note. Dr.Teeth & The Electric MayhemIn a weekend full of nostalgic moments, the Dr.Teeth & The Electric Mayhem set stood head and shoulders above the rest, not unlike how the puppets themselves were literally head and shoulders above the deftly skilled puppeteers hidden below the stage. A spell was cast over the audience, bringing cherished childhood memories to life before the misty eyes of children of all ages. With sly nods to the adults in the audience the short set featured a few skits, a few videos, a couple of classic rock covers and literally all the love in the park the true spirit of Jim Henson came alive in the hearts of all within earshot. LettuceBrooklyn based leaders of the future of funk, Lettuce ended a three festival in three day scramble across the country with a blistering set of deep funk and crowd pleasing jams that showed no signs of weariness from time keeper Adam Deitch, Shmeeans or the rest of the boys as the tore through a packed set of funk from the opening of the first notes of “The Force” until the last echoes faded. Though they somehow recovered enough strength to put on a late night show out in the city when Lettuce left the stage in the park they were clearly being held up by the deafening cheers from the astounded crowd. There’s so much happening at once over the course of the three days by the bay during Outside Lands that it is impossible to see it all, and pointless to try. With so many opportunities to be exposed to new sights, sounds and flavors as well as relieving heart warming touch stones of your past the key to getting the most out of Outside Lands it to trust that wherever you are in the bustling festival grounds, you are bound to be surrounded by the magic of creation and love.Check out a full gallery of photos from Outside Lands by our own Rex Thomson below. Big GramsThe collaboration between Big Boi and Phantogram continues to be a favorite addition to festival line-ups throughout the country, and was placed perfectly into the late afternoon on Saturday. With a studio album and a year under their belt, this marriage of hip-hop and electronic music is on full display on “Fell in the Sun” and “Lights On.” And, as they’ve done since their inaugural performance across the Bay Bridge at Treasure Island last year, Big Boi worked in Outkast originals, leading a crowd-pleasing “Ms. Jackson.” Maybe just as important, though, was that Big Grams’ laid the foundation for the uncomfortably crowded pop-up show outside the Heineken House a few hours later. Here were ten of our favorite sets from this year’s event.RadioheadThese titans of experimental alternative put on a powerful performance in the headliner spot Saturday night. After a somber opening with “Burn the Witch” and “Daydreaming,” Radiohead and its faithful went on a journey dominated by some of their most captivating ballads as Thom Yorke conducted every turn. “Pyramid Song,” “Everything In Its Right Place,” and “Nude” were broken apart by more danceable pieces like “Lotus Flower” and “The Gloaming.” Radiohead mixed fan favorites with deep cuts like all the greats can. It was a vastly different experience to those who chose Zedd, which was given an unfortunate slot on the schedule. Those that stuck with Radiohead were given what they wanted, and that was a breathtaking set by one of the best to ever to do it. Kamasi WashingtonRising jazz talent Kamasi Washington continued the unearthly display of skill and improvisation that has made his shows with elements of his band The Next Step and the collective The West Coast Get Down. It’s been a long time since such a deeply instrumental and progressive jazz voice has found such a wide and main stream following, and it stems from Washington’s undeniable brilliance. His ability as a band leader, knowing when to not only let his fellow players shine but to dutifully call out their efforts for praise, made his scene stealing leads all the most impressive for the honest love for the craft behind them. Third Eye BlindA welcome blast from the 1990s, Third Eye Blind turned nostalgic listeners into enthusiastic participants, running through the hits like “Jumper,” “Graduate” and “Never Let Go” as tens of thousands echoed frontman Stephan Jenkins’ vocals. He praised the band’s longtime support from the San Francisco Bay Area, which gave way to one of the highlights of the weekend. The band brought out members of the Magik Magik Orchestra for a portion of the set, including a well-received David Bowie tribute in red Ziggy Stardust wigs.Jack GarrattThe electronic Swiss Army Knife Jack Garratt breathed life and helped welcome the sunshine back into Golden Gate Park Sunday afternoon. The one-man show from the UK had the intimate hills of the Sutro Stage vibing with every beat as he flawlessly turned loops into dense compositions. His humility was met with support when the crowd provided the vocal sample on “The Love You’re Given” and welcomed all of his debuted tracks with open arms. It’s also hard to not win over a crowd when the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme is worked into the set list. His skill for mixing electronic, hip-hop with the structure of an R&B song was as smooth as butter, and turned new listeners into new fans relatively quickly during his 50-minute set. VulfpeckVulfpeck has been skyrocketing in 2016, and led a light-hearted afternoon set at the Panhandle Stage. On day one, the do-it-all foursome showcased their mastery of minimalist funk as each member bounced from one instrument to the next. Theo Katzman kept the audience not only engaged but participating throughout, somehow directing the crowd to sing in three different keys on multiple occasions, including a lively rendition  of “Back Pocket.” After everyone got acquainted with an “Outro” opener, Vulfpeck flashed their instrumentation on numbers like “Fugue State” and “Christmas in L.A.” that was properly adapted to “Christmas in The Bay.” A welcome Antwaun Stanley appearance also meant “1612” and “Funky Duck” had their moments to shine.last_img read more

Klopp says Liverpool spirits are high despite virus lockdown

first_img Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks27 Animals That Don’t Need Color To Be Cool2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearIt’s Time To Show How Bad Some Women Can Really Be9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Amazing Facts About Ancient Egypt8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith Jurgen Klopp says the mood at Liverpool is upbeat despite the coronavirus lockdown, even admitting he has tried to copy Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s dance moves to keep himself occupied.Advertisement Loading… center_img The Premier League leaders were on the verge of their first top-flight title for 30 years when English football was suspended earlier this month.The virus shutdown has since been extended until at least April 30 but Liverpool do not know when, or if, they will get a chance to complete the job.Klopp said his players’ spirits remained high despite the frustrations of having no football to play and praised the efforts of his backroom staff who are looking after the players’ fitness.Liverpool were on the verge of winning the Premier League before the coronavirus shutdown“We spoke a couple of times, we have a really intense, big, big group chat – the whole of Melwood (training ground) are in that,” he said, speaking to the club’s website by videolink from his home.“The boys are really lively in that, the boys are just interested in what everybody is doing, comments on what everybody is doing – if Ox is on Instagram or whatever.”Midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain and his girlfriend, Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards, performed a dance routine, which she posted on social media.Teammate James Milner played up to his “boring James Milner” tag by posting a video of himself cutting his grass with a ruler and scissors.“I didn’t cut the grass but I tried the dance of Ox,” said Klopp. “Not as bad as you probably think. It’s very important in these times that we all show we take this situation seriously, but we are human beings.”“If the boys do anything on Instagram, as long as it’s in a legal frame I’m overly happy about it – it just shows they are still cheeky and all that stuff,” he added.Liverpool manager Jurgen KloppRead Also: Wilfred Ndidi named best ball-holding midfielder in Premier LeagueKlopp praised the efforts of Liverpool and other clubs in helping support more vulnerable members of the community during the current crisis.And he urged people to abide by the lockdown.“The only way to get football back as soon as possible, if that’s what the people want, the more disciplined we are now the earlier we will get, piece by piece by piece, our life back,” Klopp said. “That’s how it is.”“At one point we will play football again as well, 100 percent,” he added. “I couldn’t wish more for it because of a few really good reasons, how you can imagine. I can’t wait actually, but even I have to be disciplined and I try to be as much as I can.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Dennis McCarthy: Homeless kids from fire-ravaged San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission get their day at Dodger Stadium

first_imgThere is only one request these young mothers make as they step off a charter bus with no air conditioning on a day when the temperatures hit 100 in Los Angeles.Please, don’t use their last name.You don’t ask why because you already know the answer. For some, it’s to avoid the stigma that comes with homelessness — as if it were in their power to simply wave a wand an end it by taking a decent paying job that isn’t there for them.Others have dropped off the radar in this city for their own safety. They’ve been physically or emotionally abused by men who promised to love and protect them. Maybe they meant it at the time, but then it all changed. And when it did these women took their kids and went into hiding with only the clothes they could stuff in a suitcase and enough cash for a few nights in a cheap motel.Whatever the reason, you respect it.“Where did you live before you came to the rescue mission?” I ask an 11-year-old boy named William as he arrives at Dodger Stadium late Wednesday afternoon for the night of his life.He looks down at the ground wondering if it’s OK to answer this man he does not know. His mother nods. It’s OK.“Motels and a shelter,” he whispers. “I liked this place the best because the people are nice.” This place — the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission in North Hollywood that burned to the ground shortly after midnight on May 3, forcing these moms and their kids reluctantly from the shadows into the spotlight.The fire started next door in a pallet yard and quickly spread to the rescue mission. The day before there had been an earthquake drill, and some of the moms thought this was another drill when their doors were flung open by a rescue staff worker yelling “Fire!”They could smell the smoke, though. This was real. The eight moms picked up their sleeping kids, one in each arm, and rushed outside only seconds before the dense smoke pouring into the rooms would have overwhelmed them in their beds.In the days that followed, some of these moms went before the TV cameras and talked to reporters about that night. A few last names were used, but it was overlooked because it was more important to these women to help the rescue mission that had helped them.Now, they both had to get back on their feet.Donations began to come in — and still are — to replenish a food pantry that feeds 30,000 people a year, replace all the equipment, furniture and appliances lost in the fire, and to start a rebuilding fund so more homeless moms and kids living in the shadows are given at least a modicum of normal life.The Dodgers, who have always had a strong community outreach program thanks to former owner Peter O’Malley, invited the kids and their moms to the game Wednesday night.What the children didn’t know is that they would be taken down on the field before the game and introduced to an applauding crowd. The kids looked around, a little surprised. They weren’t used to people clapping for them.William looked up into the stands and waved. He never saw Dodger pitching star Clayton Kershaw walking out of the dugout toward him.When you live in the shadows, and every night may be the last night in the bed you’re sleeping in, you hold close the little things the rest of us take for granted — like a blanket.The night his panicked mom woke William up and yanked him out of bed to safety, he was sleeping under a Dodger blanket given to him as a present at the first shelter he and his mom stayed in.“I loved that blanket,” he said. “But my mom said we couldn’t go back in and get it because it was too dangerous.”So, it burned, along with the rest of their meager possessions.And now he was standing on the first base foul line at Dodger Stadium, finally noticing the best pitcher in baseball walking toward him carrying a new Dodger blanket.Kershaw high-fived William before moving down the line to give a blanket to every child.The first thing William did when he got back to his new temporary home — a four-room duplex owned by the Rescue Mission in Northridge — was to spread that blanket out on his bed.“I wanted to cry,” William’s mom said. “He fell asleep with this big, beautiful smile on his face.”Dreaming dreams you want every kid to have. Happy ones. These children living in motels, shelters, and rescue missions have already had enough sad ones.An online donation effort for the San Fernando Rescue Mission is being held by the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation through Monday, May 19. To donate, go online to dodgers.com/ladf.To donate directly to the mission call (818) 304-7593 or go online to sfvrescuemission.org.Dennis McCarthy’s column runs on Friday. He can be reached at [email protected]center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more