San Francisco's gorgeous Golden Gate Park plays host to the annual Outside Lands Festival from August 12-14. The event boasts a great lineup, including victory lap performances by some of 2011's biggest touring bands Arcade Fire, Black Keys, Muse plus SPIN faves like Arctic Monkeys, MGMT, Big Boi, and the Joy Formidable.
To help you dig deeper into the festival's bill, we offer up 10 wide-ranging SPIN recommendations. Check them out, listen to their music, and watch their videos!
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 »