Archive for August 30th, 2009

Mars Volta and Mastodon Pummel the Outside Lands Festival

August 30th, 2009
Photograph by Chris Tuite for The Mars Volta wrapped day two at Outside Lands’ Twin Peaks stage with a thundering and delirious 90-minute set that drew Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo and their U.K. tourmates Mastodon to the side of the stage to gawk. The band, led by Omar Rodríguez-López and vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala, maxed out allowable sound levels with their theatrical, histrionic brand of meandering, mystical loud-soft prog-metal. Set against a patterned backdrop of ...

Dave Matthews Band Grab Fergie, Robert Randolph at Outside Lands

August 30th, 2009
Photo: Kravitz/FilmMagic Dave Matthews Band closed day two of Outside Lands in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park with a masterful two-and-half-hour set featuring a cameo by the Black Eyed Peas, cuts from pathos-laden new album Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King and cover closers like a brilliant rendition of Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower” featuring pedal steel guitar legend and DMB guest Robert Randolph. The band opened with “Why I Am” as the iconic SF fog bank ...