San Francisco's Golden Gate Park is home to the annual two-day Outside Lands music festival, which takes place August 14-15. This year's event features a wide range of bands, from rock hitmakers Phoenix to soul star Al Green.
To help you prepare, SPIN's editors have selected 10 acts you won't want to miss, including Janelle Monae, Kings of Leon, Cat Power, and the Strokes (clockwise from top left, above).
Click through the gallery to see our picks and hear their latest music.
Written by Peter Gaston
Halfway through Ruban Nielson’s explorative third LP, Multi-Love, the bipolar “Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty” fractures momentarily into reverberating shards, creaking like a bridge collapsing as a murky guitar yowls in the background. Coming so soon after a silky smooth, Steely Dan-referencing guitar solo courtesy of his equally musical father Chris Nielson, it’s a tonally… More »