BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: Outside Lands 2016

In San Francisco, the foggy summer is host to the annual Outside Lands concert, held every August in Golden Gate park. The event takes place over one weekend, starting on Friday and ending on Sunday and draws crowds who enjoy an eclectic mix of music. This year’s headliners included artists from Duran Duran to Chance the Rapper to Lionel Richie to LCD Soundsystem, J. Cole, and Radiohead. But one great thing about the festival is that they also feature a good mix of lesser known artists, many of which are from the surrounding areas. Not only does Outside Lands feature musical artists, but ever since the 2012 festival they have featured a full comedy lineup as well. This year’s guests included Sasheer Zamata, Fred Armisen and many more.

I got the opportunity to attend Outside Lands this year and was blown away by the incredible talent that could be found happening all at once. One thing I noticed was the vast variety of styles and atmospheres gathered by each performer. At the festival there were young groups of friends, probably high school aged, there were older couples, and there were also middle aged couples with their kids. This diverse mix shows just how wide-ranging the artists featured were and how really, Outside Lands has something for each person who attends. This also affected the atmosphere of the crowd at different shows, and created a somewhat stratified and distinct attitude at each performance. Each show garnered a specific crowd mentality, which is usually seen at single artist or group concerts but it was interesting to see the differences walking from stage to stage. I think a lot of this had to do with the attitude of the performer, and the music people came to the festival for, since as I mentioned the lineup was incredibly eclectic. To give a glimpse into this, following is a shortened list of some of the artists who performed each day.

On Friday the lineup featured artists such as Whitney, Marian Hill, Ra Ra Riot, Vulfpeck, Foals, Miike Snow, Låplsey, Duran Duran, Grimes, and J. Cole but my day ended with LCD Soundsystem, playing at the Lands End stage located in Polo Field at the West end of the festival. Saturday’s lineup included Years & Years, Vince Staples, Big Grams (a collaboration between Big Boi and Phantogram), Con Brio, Air, Sufjan Stevens, Halsey, Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals, Zedd, and Radiohead. On Saturday there was even a show by Bay Area hip hop legends E-40 and Warren G which was added a few days before the festival. Sunday’s lineup highlighted artists including The Oh Hellos, Snakehips, Third Eye Blind, Kehlani, Chance The Rapper, Major Lazer, Miguel, Lana Del Rey and Lionel Richie.One of my favorite performances was that of the band Con Brio, who played on Saturday, the second day of the festival. The energy felt by the performers was mirrored by the crowd as those listening took a ride from funky to serious to sexy and bold. Every member of the band was having fun and you could tell. The performance ended with a bang as the lead singer, Ziek McCarter did backflips for the crowd, each one fueled by more cheers and applause.

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Another great performance was by Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals. While the atmosphere was a lot different at this performance, it was just as intense and felt by every person in the crowd. The atmosphere here was a lot louder and intense, which fit the music just as the other performances. I could feel the high energy of the crowd as Anderson .Paak started off his set solo with some fast paced beats. After the first few songs, his band the Free Nationals came out, and after another few he started to play the drums. The crowd was singing along and cheering throughout each song.

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Overall the experience was incredible and I can’t wait to see some of these artists in solo concerts or upcoming festivals. Outside Lands was a great opportunity to see the wide variety of music and how such a diverse lineup can bring people who might never otherwise be at the same show together. One of the huge takeaways from Outside Lands is that no matter what kind of music floats your boat, you can enjoy it with many others and maybe even find something new and out of your normal set to appreciate. I’m sure my feelings represent many others when I say I left the long weekend happy, tired, and excited for what’s to come next in the bustling world of music.

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Day N Night Hip-Hop Festival (Recap + Video)

Here’s the recap video for the first annual Day N Night Festival in Orange County. This was actually the first music festival I’d ever been to, and while I’d love to comment on all the things I felt went wrong or hit my Kanye rant about the state of today’s hip-hop, I think I’ll just focus on the positive and let you watch the video for yourselves.

Festival highlights include:

  • Being actually impressed with Lil Yachty & his braid-driven stage presence
  • YG tearing the stage down before ASAP Rocky came on and moaned about acid
  • Lil Uzi Vert hopping that trashcan
  • Interviewing Allan Kingdom
  • Sitting in the parking lot for 5 hrs. Saturday due to terrible traffic organization (shouts out TAPS)
  • Seeing the live performance of Fettiwith Playboi Carti, Maxo Kream, & Dash
  • Being offered Xanax 4 seperate times
  • YG performing songs from 2010 and his mostly hometown fans knowing every single word
  • Accidentally buying beer for a 16 y/o and watching him run from security
  • YG perform FDT
  • YG proving why he’s #2 west coast rapper behind Earl Sweatshirt
  • YG




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Hear Larry Coryell on KZSC’s Test of Time

On August 26, Carol from KZSC’s Test of Time spoke with prolific guitarist Larry Coryell who pioneered the progressive jazz fusion movement, integrating free form jazz with elements of rock, rhythm and blues.

Larry reflects on the vibrant music scene during the sixties and the first time he heard Jimi Hendrix. Other highlights include Larry’s diverse interest in music, the reunion of The Free Spirits and the first new studio album for The Eleventh House since 1976.

Explosions in the Sky at the Mountain Winery

Explosions in the Sky and Preoccupations: KZSC Show Reviews

Ah, the Mountain Winery: a venue always been defined by its excellence. On the night of August 29th, there was a fantastic show featuring the impeccable post-rock band, Explosion in the Sky, and Calgary post-punk outfit, Preoccupations (formerly Viet Cong). Both bands had just played FYF Fest in Los Angeles and this show was a very stark contrast to the festival setting they played the weekend before. Although the Mountain Winery is an amphitheater, the very little amount of space between the seating and the stage allowed a more intimate performance from both bands throughout the night.

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Larry Coryell, photo by Jose Nieto

Aug 26 (1 pm): Larry Coryell interview

Larry Coryell, photo by Jose Nieto

Photo by Jose Nieto (CC by 2.0)

Virtuoso guitarist Larry Coryell is known for standing at the forefront of the jazz fusion movement. He joined the jazz scene in New York City in the mid ’60s, recording with Chico Hamilton. But before the decade was out, he had also released a memorable psychedelic rock album with The Free Spirits.

Tune in to KZSC’s Test of Time this Friday at 1 PM for Carol’s in-depth discussion with this fusion guitar pioneer, covering several highlights of his storied musical career. His upcoming release, Seven Secrets, has Larry regrouping with members of The Eleventh House—once again exhibiting their collective power of collaboration and creation.



De Temps Antan

De Temps Antan, Sun Aug 21st

De Temps Antan, an engagingly joyful and energetic trio playing traditional style French-Canadian (Quebecois) folk music, will be in concert at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall in Felton, CA on Sunday evening, August 21, 2016. Together since 2003, all the members contribute to the intricate arrangements of vocal harmonies and instrumentals, and are also composers of original songs and tunes. Current band members include Eric Beaudry (guitar, mandolin, bouzouki), Andre Brunet (fiddle, winner of “Canadian Grand Master” title, and foot percussionist), and Pierre-Luc Dupuis (button accordion, harmonica) who have toured the world to great acclaim. Their concert is sponsored by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay. Tune in for more traditional and contemporary folk music every Sunday afternoon on KZSC during “Backroads.”