There may be a chill in the air, but summer's not over yet! Two big music festivals remain this year: San Francisco's Treasure Island Music Festival (this weekend) and Austin City Limits (next weekend). There's an overlap of indie rockers at both events, such as The Raconteurs, CSS, and Jenny Lewis. But with an extra day and more stages to work with, ACL offers a wider array of acts such as Foo Fighters, Beck, Iron and Wine, and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.
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Although some of his more pop-centric dance hits were questionable, when you consider compositions like "1.618" here, BT is most definitely a sound innovator. His lofty and cinematic electronica will echo throughout the halls of techno fame decades from now when he's remembered as an artist who beautifully pushed the envelope.
Since Mark Farina's glory days in the late '90s there has been no house music success story like Kaskade's. A Utah native and a Mormon, Ryan Raddon began converting his Salt Lake peers into dance-music lovers before moving to California and working A&R for Om Records, who eventually signed him. Several chart-topping albums later Raddon is the king of romantic vocal house.
Eschewing the danceable beats favored by many of its post-punk brethren, while opting instead for more ominous and insistent rhythms, is what makes the Standard visceral and engaging. Add some wily, percussive guitars and Tim Putman's tense, shaky vocals, and the result is dark and complex--intimate, yet ready to burst.
If you didn't make it to the Outside Lands music festival in San Francisco last weekend (or you did and want to relive it), check out our free playlist and photo gallery below featuring some of the top acts. While everyone had their own unique experience, the climatic triple threat of Bon Iver, Broken Social Scene and Wilco on Sunday was my personal highlight. A common theme throughout the day was crowd participation (there were several occasions when the audience was invited to clap, sing, and scream along). From the reviews that I've read, and from general word-of-mouth buzz, the festival appeared to be a great success. Hopefully the artists and promoters feel the same way and will book a second annual Outside Lands next year!
Outside Lands photo gallery below courtesy of Ryan Salm - Ryansalmphotography.com
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