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New Orleans Klezmer AllStars – 12PM – 12:50PM

New Orleans Klezmer AllStars seems like they might bring the requisite amount of intensity to get the day started. The couple songs that I’ve heard ranged from reasonably traditional klezmer music with a kick of gypsy punk, to the full on spatial and psychedelic. When I see it live I hope it comes off as creative and not like shtick.

New Orleans Klezmer AllStars video from Jazz Fest 2011

The Joy Formidable – 1:10 PM – 1:50 PM

The Joy Formidable just make you feel good. With all the synthesizer and keys, it’s a full sound, but it’s also really light and uplifting music. It’s the type of feel good, slightly dancy music that lends itself well to a very seamless set; having these guys play early on day one seems like a really good way to set up the weekend.

The Joy Formidable – Whirring

Phantogram – 2:25 PM – 3:10 PM

This is definitely one of the shows I’m most excited to see on Friday. The last time that I saw Phantogram was October last year when I wasn’t really familiar with their stuff. Seeing them at Casbah in San Diego, I didn’t realize how lucky I was. They have an abstract take on electronic pop, and for the sake of comparison they feature more hip-hop influenced drums than the Joy formidable. They stand out in congested Brooklyn scene that’s full of electronic, indie, and psychedelic bands.

Phantogram – When I’m Small

Foster the People – 3:40 PM

Even though their debut full-length “Torches” isn’t even 90 days old at this point you already know about Foster the People. Here’s the broad stroke lineage for those unfamiliar: 2010 Foster releases the single “Pumped up Kicks” which gets a ton of recognition through hype machine and throughout the blogosphere. In January 2011 Foster the People had a month-long Monday residency at The Echo in Los Angeles. Prior to the second show of their residency at the 300-person-capacity venue they were announced as part of the Coachella line up, and as they say the rest is history.

Recently the good people of the Outside Lands Festival gave us a chance to participate in a question and answer session with Mark Foster, and we asked him about what it was like to go from playing in front of 300 people, to playing in front of full festival sized crowds:

“…the learning curve was huge. And, you know, I just get – I get really quiet before shows like that (Coachella)… I remove myself from everybody. I didn’t drink anything at all. You know, didn’t have a beer or anything to take the edge off. I just really wanted to be able to focus and I just – yes. I just kind of sit there and get into I don’t know – I just – I prepare myself for war.”

So now at Outside Lands Foster is tasked with a decidedly different and significantly more difficult battle than getting his bands’ name out there, live up to the hype.

Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks

Toro Y Moi – 3:50 PM – 4:40 PM

I figure by this point of the afternoon I’m probably going to be pretty into some chillwave. Toro Y Moi is Chaz Bundick, and Chaz is busy as hell. Even if you aren’t familiar with Toro Y Moi the chances are you’ve heard at least one of the numerous side projects or remixes that Chaz has been involved with, including the remix of Tyler the Creator’s “French”or Cut Copy’s “Blink and You’ll Miss a Revolution”.

Toro Y Moi – Still Sound

MGMT– 4:35 PM

MGMT was so massively popular after their 2007 release “Oracular Spectacular” I figured they were destined for Weezer grade commercialism. At least they’re not curating boat cruises at the moment. Regardless of how I feel about this band I do respect the fact that they didn’t play it safe at all with their release of “Congratulations ” last year. They very easily could’ve made a commercially viable pop album that would have fit into every movie soundtrack made, but they chose to be more experimental with electronic, and oddly timed beats. I hope that they can win me over a little bit when I see them live for only the second time.

Here’s a bunch of Kids from the internet famous PS22 Chorus singing Kids

Big Boi – 6:20 PM

Big Boi is a producer in the role of an MC and lyricist. I don’t want to diminish his skills with a mic, but let’s be honest if he’s standing next Andre 3000 it’s obvious real quick who has more lyrical dexterity. But verbal gymnastics aren’t anything without the beat and hooks to back it up, and that’s Big Boi’s wheelhouse. Combine that with unique pop sensibilities, finely crafted cadence, and commanding stage presence and it’s pretty easy to understand why his 2010 Def Jam release was so critically lauded. When Big Boi takes Golden Gate Park towards the sunset with his late 70s style funk, early 80s keyboards, and Framptonesque talk boxes I’m counting on it being masterful.

Big Boi – Shutterbugg

Erykah Badu – 7:50 PM

I’m pretty excited for the show because I have no idea which Erykah Badu we’re going to get. Is it going to be the brooding and determined Erykah Badu? Is her music going to be spatial to the point where it borderlines on ambient? Maybe we’ll be treated to funk heavy throwbacks reminiscent of what we might have been able to catch in the Park 40 years earlier. Erykah Badu has been all of these things at some point over the last three studio albums she’s released. One thing’s been consistent though, she is an undeniably unique musician, and I couldn’t be more excited that the first time I get to see her live she’ll be bringing a close to the end of my day at Outside Lands.

Erykah Badu – Window Seat

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