Outside Lands 2013 Day Two: Nine Inch Nails Prove Sharp As Ever, Yeah Yeah Yeahs Rehash Coachella Performance + More
Day two of (Aug. 10) Outside Lands 2013 featured two headliners that seem on opposite ends of the career spectrum, headed in different directions in terms of relevance and popularity. Or at least they did before Saturday night. The day also brought performances by some venerable NYC fashionista art-rockers not afraid to recycle an outfit and a handful of lesser-known acts that embodied the spirit of this San Francisco festival. Read on for a recap of what went down Saturday at Golden Gate Park.
Worst-Attended Headlining Set That Ruled: Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails played opposite Phoenix to close out day two, and it seemed obvious where the mass audience at Golden Gate Park would gather. But NIN, it turns out, just don't attract the festival audience that logic and common sense would indicate they should. A rare set from a long-time institution, not to mention a chance to hear new songs? NIN has it all -- except, apparently, a draw on today's youth. Over on their smaller stage, Phoenix attracted more festival-goers, despite their difficulty selling out headline shows at venues beneath what would be expected of a headliner.
Regardless of crowd size, Nine Inch Nails absolutely crushed it, and their fall arena tour is going to be a must-see for fans. Phoenix are also a great band, and it's a bit of a bummer their new album is so forgettable, and that they don't appear to be the force people expected them to be. But they can still get 20-year-olds to gravitate towards them based on '1901,' and that is something.
Worst Costume: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Playing opposite Grizzly Bear, Yeah Yeah Yeahs had to fight to keep their share of the audience, and it didn't help their cause when Karen O showed up wearing the same costume she wore at Coachella. The band delivered an excellent set, but when a fashion icon like Karen O plays two major music festivals in the same state, it demands that she pay a little more attention to making each feel special.
Wordiest Stage: Sutro
With the Head and the Heart, the Tallest Man on Earth, and Thao and the Get Down Stay Down all playing, the secluded Sutro stage created a chilled-out, verbose world. It was also the stage that best captured the tye-dyed color wheel and grinning-faced freedom Outside Lands is -- and should be -- associated with. The Tallest Man On Earth informed the audience that this would be his last U.S. show for a long time, as he's going to work on his next album. The Head and the Heart, on the other hand, are wrapping up a new album due in October. Their new tunes sounded beautiful, and few bands are easier to root for.
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