Outside Lands 2011 Preview: Sunday

Luke Steele was last year's OL drama queen. Can 2011 measure up? (Brian Valdizno/treeswingers)

On the festival-eve of Outside Lands, it’s nearly impossible to imagine the fatigue that settles in on Day Three. Now, the glow of musical anticipation buoys you through the work day, and your bushy-tailed self has dutifully planned your public transportation. By Sunday, though, your arches will be howling in protest and you’ll be contemplating grand theft auto on the golf carts used by the production staff. But! Take courage, music warrior. We’ve done our homework for Day Three so all you’ll have to do is hobble to the Polo Field and pig out on Bay Area gourmet.

And for those not inside the park but within radio-wave distance, check out KZSU‘s live broadcasting of interviews all weekend long — including !!!, Vetiver, The Limousines, Starfucker and more. See the full schedule and listen live at 90.1 FM around the bay or online.

Here are Treeswingers’ top five picks for Sunday. We’ll leave you to settle the closing act of Arcade Fire vs. Deadmau5 on your own.


Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band- Stay Away (Nirvana cover)

Living the dream. (magnetmagazine.com)

The indie youngsters may play at disaffection and world-weariness, but Charles Bradley embodies the struggling artist archetype enough to make a Disney movie proud. The funk R&B crooner had four decades of toiling as a chef and handyman before being discovered in a club by Daptone Records for his “Black Velvet” James Brown-esque soul act. Bradley just released his debut album No Time For Dreaming this year, at the spry young age of 63. The autobiographical material is soaked in heartache and perseverance, promising a moving performance.


tUnE-yArDs- Bizness

Loony tUnEs. (oedipus1.com)

The fearless Merrill Garbus, performing as tUnE-yArDs, recklessly loops freak-folk warbles and commits capitalization atrocities with abandon. Touring for her second album, w h o k i l l, the bizarre songstress-slash-technician samples and layers the vocals live on stage, giving a fresh energy to the cacophony she wreaks. She’ll shred the ukulele and whatever other instruments that dare to cross her path. If you’re suffering from day-three stupor, the early set will rouse you for some !!! action.


Junip- Without You

Sweden's finest. (ocweekly.com)

Hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden, the rock trio Junip understands that musicality doesn’t take wacky onstage hijinks. Known for tightly woven songs that swirl through in a melodious haze, the members of Junip dazzle with well-mastered indie rock. The group is fronted by the coolly reserved Jose Gonzalez, who returned to the band format with 2010’s Fields after a brief solo sojourn. Will the intimate nature of velvet-voiced Gonzalez’s performance hold up when broadcasted across Speedway Meadow? Sunday will tell.


Major Lazer sometimes gives hugs. But only to those with facial hair. (downtownrecords.com)

Beastie Boys- Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win (Major Lazer Remix)

Major Lazer, the lovechild of DJs Diplo and Switch, will drown out the entire Speedway Meadow for their late afternoon set, so you’ll experience the electronic eclecticism whether you like it or not. And yes, there will be lasers. The DJ pair, nominated for a 2009 Grammy for work on M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes,” draws upon reggae, dancehall and house in their collaborative sets. Throbbing bass ties their sampled parts together, giving a new take on their 2009 album Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do. A nighttime set may have been more appropriate, but you’ll have to settle for eerie fog instead.


Little Dragon- Never Never

Dance, Yuki. (Brian Valdizno/treeswingers)

Sweden makes another appearance on our Sunday picks list. Synth-pop quartet Little Dragon is helmed by Swedish-Japanese Yukimi Nagano, whose ethereal vocals are dark and hypnotic over the band’s psychedelic sensibilities. The entrancing singer will give you chills – just in case the weather wasn’t doing it for you.

Download the full playlist here.

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