Concert Review

Stereogum’s 14 Favorite Sets At Outside Lands 2014

Nearly 200 years ago, back when the shoreline dunes of San Francisco were considered uninhabitable, they came to be known as the Outside Lands — terrain fit only for the bravest pioneers. These days that territory is a lot more comfortable: Among other landmarks, it’s become home to Golden Gate Park, an oasis of urban green space that played host to the seventh annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival. Stereogum descended upon the fest over the weekend, and let us tell you, this is an immensely pleasant music festival. The climate is comfortably temperate, the map is easy to navigate, and the music schedule is both stacked enough to impress and slim enough to protect you from feeling overwhelmed. Still, schedule conflicts are unavoidable at these things, which meant we were faced with the excruciating choices such as Kanye West vs. Arctic Monkeys, Disclosure vs. Tegan And Sara, Atmosphere vs. Duck Sauce, and Spoon vs. Courtney Barnett vs. Lykke Li. Thus, what follows are not the only memorable sets from Outside Lands; they’re just our favorites, and we’re stoked to tell you about why they were so excellent.