Some SoCal Love at Outside Lands Over The Years
All of the YouTube footage of the Mars Volta's set is decidledly visually and audibly awful. The video above is pretty much the best of the bunch. That said, moments of their awesome performance still glimmer through. Their live sets are known for singer Omar Rodriquez Lopez's seizure-like dancing and lengthy, psychotropic Of course, we can't blame the amateur filmmakers. You try shooting a decent video for all ten minutes of a Mars Volta song while baked off your ass.
Cold War Kids, 2008
Well we weren't there to make our own judgments on Long Beach's Cold War Kids' set, the Better Propaganda blog said their performance was unoriginal, lackluster, filled with filler songs and the crowd was just waiting to see Beck who went on next. A quick view at some of the concert footage on YouTube kinda confirms this claim. :(
The Soft Pack, 2010
2010 was a good year for the Los Angeles transplants (by way of San Diego). They released their self-titled album, played Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, and finished out the summer fest circuit at FYF Fest in Los Angeles. Well done, boys.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, 2010
We imagine that the heart of the Golden Gate Park is perfect place to see Mr. Sharpe and his Zeros. They seem like the type of rag-tag vagabond musicians that would be playing in the park on any given day, festival or not. Judging solely on this video, we'd say that's a fair assumption.
Beck reveived mixed reviews for his 2009 performance at the festival ranging from "shining" to "disinterested" and "half-hearted."
This year, keep your eyes out for local acts such as Foster the People, Best Coast and Ty Segall.