I’ve just returned to my hotel in San Francisco after Outside Lands Day 1. And it was truly a great day of music all around. These are my unfiltered, biased reactions to my favorite performances of Friday.

I started off the day serenaded with the soulful indie pop stylings of Whitney. They sounded like a more radio-friendly Alabama Shakes. Electro art-pop group Marian Hill followed and was unconvincingly sensual and kinda bland. vulfpeck-tour-dates-music-news

Funk rock group Vulfpeck was next, and possibly the highlight of the day (sorry LCD Soundsystem, I still love you). These guys proved that white boys have soul. They were enthusiastic, engaging, hilarious, and above all, extremely prolific musicians. Shoutout to the bassist who, in a festival in which Les Claypool performed, was the gnarliest bassist of the day.

Speaking of Claypool, the Primus frontman united on stage with Sean Lennon (son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono) to form The Claypool Lennon Delirium. The duo put on a mind-bending fifty minute set of funky, progressive psych rock magic, and the union was truly a marriage made in heaven. BG_1520_FADER_S07-0017_FINAL_JPGS_jbbm6c

Next up was Canadian art pop singer Grimes. I was in the way back of the crowd for this performance, so the music was kinda hard to hear at times. But judging simply by her stage performance, Grimes was incredible. Despite appearing tiny and childlike, she commanded my attention with sugary pop-star charm and demonic wailing alike.

And finally LCD Soundsystem. I mean, what can I say? They were amazing. Go see them. That’s all I’ve got.

Two more days left. More updates to come.

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